Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Language
Area of Study
Animation, Media Studies, Visual Arts
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits8
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units12
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionResearch and re-imaginingPrimary research through observational drawing, photography, film, and sound recording are key elements in the creative process in this subject. Students are taken through a varied program of observational drawing classes, visual research, story telling and problem-solving projects designed to introduce them to a wide range of possibilities within animation. These short projects introduce them to a diverse range of research methods, which feed directly into their creative outcomes. Students learn to record and collect information and imagery, and then to apply this to their work in imaginative ways. Secondary research, through the exploration of existing art, design, media and culture ? not just animation ? is also an essential component. Inspiration and information should be found in the most varied and unlikely places. Emphasis is placed on the development of a clear, original and thorough approach to research, ideas generation and character design.Subject objectivesOn successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:1. primary research through first hand experience. Including drawing, note making, photography, film and sound2. secondary research through library, internet, social media and discussion3. ideas generation and exploration around a wide range of set problems, including both narrative and non-narrative sequences4. experiment, risk taking and play within character design and animation5. creation of original, authentic characters and scenarios through the analysis of motivation6. effective time management and organization for clearly defined project aims7. consideration of, and engagement with, the audience.This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, negotiate differences and take leadership a role when required (C.1)Ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively in verbal and visual presentations (C.2)Willingness to experiment, take risks, and explore alternative directions (I.1)Willingness to explore ideas and design through multiple iterations (P.1)Ability to demonstrate a high level of craft and production values across analogue and digital processes (P.3)Ability to undertake primary research through direct observation and recording. (R.1)Ability to undertake secondary research, exploring a wide range of visual and textual materials (R.2)Ability to analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, and connect research process to final outcomes (R.3)Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking (R.5)Contribution to the development of graduate attributesThe subject intends to establish a set of 'rules of engagement', or working methodologies that will become essential to the development of original animation content. Insights gained will help students to identify and build their own unique creative process. The projects are part of a broader aim to challenge existing preconceptions about what animation is and could be, and to develop an open-minded, exploratory mentality that will feed new visual languages and new forms of movement.Teaching and learning strategiesWeekly sessions of one-hour lectures and seven hours of studio based workshops and tutorials. Students will be participating in individual tutorials, group discussions and team based activities throughout the semester.Activities will include demonstrations, presentations, visual tasks and exercises, seminars, case studies and external visits.ContentAcquisition of drawing and observation skills using different forms of mark makingThe use of animation fundamentals skills studied in the 2D 'animation context' subjectUnderstanding of story and narrative, both linear and non linearUnderstanding how to use primary and secondary research in an imaginative and authentic mannerVisual tasks and exercises using a variety of materialsTasks to encourage strength of concept and development of ideasAssessmentAssessment task 1: Character Design ProcessIntent:Character Design ProcessObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):C.1, C.2, I.1, P.1, R.1 and R.2Type: ProjectGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 30%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be provided in the assessment brief handed out in the first teaching week.Assessment task 2: Observational Drawing ProcessIntent:Observational Drawing and ProcessObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 4 and 5This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):I.1, P.1, R.1, R.2 and R.5Type: ProjectGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 30%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be provided in the assessment brief handed out in the first teaching week.Assessment task 3: Visual Response and StoryboardIntent:Design of a Storyboard, Concept Art and Character Design for an Animated NarrativeObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):C.1, C.2, I.1, P.1, P.3 and R.3Type: ProjectGroupwork: Group, group and individually assessedWeight: 40%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be provided in the assessment brief handed out in the first teaching week.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.