Course Listings

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA111
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA111
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

History of Animation

Course ID: AH332
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The course examines the development of animation from its inception through present-day manifestations in television, films, and the Internet. Major animators and key works are analyzed and discussed. Required for Animation majors.

History of Animation

Course ID: AH332
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The course examines the development of animation from its inception through present-day manifestations in television, films, and the Internet. Major animators and key works are analyzed and discussed. Required for Animation majors.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320 + History of Major
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320 + History of Major
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

CG Modeling 1

Course ID: AN201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN215
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory-level course designed for students to develop or enhance their 3D modeling skills. Instruction will focus on the artistry needed to create compelling, "feature-length-quality" characters, while showing how to design and implement geometry best suited for rigging and animation. Students may focus on character or background geometry for their projects. Students will be introduced to new software tools and techniques based upon professional practices utilized by top studios in the industry.

CG Modeling 1

Course ID: AN201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN215
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory-level course designed for students to develop or enhance their 3D modeling skills. Instruction will focus on the artistry needed to create compelling, "feature-length-quality" characters, while showing how to design and implement geometry best suited for rigging and animation. Students may focus on character or background geometry for their projects. Students will be introduced to new software tools and techniques based upon professional practices utilized by top studios in the industry.

Animation 1

Course ID: AN209
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151, FD157
Requirement: R
Course Description:
With instructor recommendation, students will have the option to create an animation reel from given assignments. Students will create a reel expressing their ideas in the form of 30-second animated pieces with animals or anthropomorphic characters. To further develop their pieces, students will use basic design and staging/layout principles, basic acting or pantomime performance, and character development. Students will be evaluated on their abilities to understand and demonstrate the essential 12 principles of animation and to execute their knowledge using learned animation techniques and basic story principles. Students will also be evaluated on their ability to evoke an intended response from the audience. Students are required to have their own set of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req - Fundamentals of Animation

Animation 1

Course ID: AN209
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151, FD157
Requirement: R
Course Description:
With instructor recommendation, students will have the option to create an animation reel from given assignments. Students will create a reel expressing their ideas in the form of 30-second animated pieces with animals or anthropomorphic characters. To further develop their pieces, students will use basic design and staging/layout principles, basic acting or pantomime performance, and character development. Students will be evaluated on their abilities to understand and demonstrate the essential 12 principles of animation and to execute their knowledge using learned animation techniques and basic story principles. Students will also be evaluated on their ability to evoke an intended response from the audience. Students are required to have their own set of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req - Fundamentals of Animation

Visual Storytelling

Course ID: AN214
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course focuses on storytelling with pictures. Students learn the relationship between character and story development, and how to compose images and arrange them in sequence to present a coherent and emotionally effective story. Students also work on public speaking skills by pitching their story to the class. This course is preparation for Storyboarding I.

Visual Storytelling

Course ID: AN214
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course focuses on storytelling with pictures. Students learn the relationship between character and story development, and how to compose images and arrange them in sequence to present a coherent and emotionally effective story. Students also work on public speaking skills by pitching their story to the class. This course is preparation for Storyboarding I.

Character Design 1

Course ID: AN215
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers an intense investigation of character design. The objective of this course is to design model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. Students begin with preliminary sketches and construction drawing, and continue to develop numerous rotation drawings (turnarounds) of facial expressions and a variety of action poses that are refined and which eventually lead to more finished drawings. A variety of styles are explored. Emphasis is on working from imagination and strengthening drawing skills.

Character Design 1

Course ID: AN215
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers an intense investigation of character design. The objective of this course is to design model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. Students begin with preliminary sketches and construction drawing, and continue to develop numerous rotation drawings (turnarounds) of facial expressions and a variety of action poses that are refined and which eventually lead to more finished drawings. A variety of styles are explored. Emphasis is on working from imagination and strengthening drawing skills.

Figure Drawing for Animators 1

Course ID: AN217
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and how to capture the essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media will be introduced.

Figure Drawing for Animators 1

Course ID: AN217
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and how to capture the essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media will be introduced.

Storyboarding 1

Course ID: AN218
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD155
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers how to effectively portray the essence of a story by means of quick and accurate sketches. Students learn to develop and create a sequential series of staged drawings (the visual script of each scene in a film). A brief overview of script writing is included. The scripts plot, situations, and conflict are developed from rough sketches to finished presentations. This course also examines staging, cinematography, drama, action notes, dialogue, pacing, timing, and sequencing the story's action.

Storyboarding 1

Course ID: AN218
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD155
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers how to effectively portray the essence of a story by means of quick and accurate sketches. Students learn to develop and create a sequential series of staged drawings (the visual script of each scene in a film). A brief overview of script writing is included. The scripts plot, situations, and conflict are developed from rough sketches to finished presentations. This course also examines staging, cinematography, drama, action notes, dialogue, pacing, timing, and sequencing the story's action.

Animal Drawing 1

Course ID: AN220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN217
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course emphasizes 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students will strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy will empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills. A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location.

Animal Drawing 1

Course ID: AN220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN217
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course emphasizes 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students will strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy will empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills. A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location.

Introduction to Flash Animation

Course ID: AN225
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD157
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course explores the use of Adobe Flash for creating short animated films. Emphasis is on applying the Twelve Principles of Animation to a more limited medium, creating appealing characters and economy of design.

Introduction to Flash Animation

Course ID: AN225
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD157
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course explores the use of Adobe Flash for creating short animated films. Emphasis is on applying the Twelve Principles of Animation to a more limited medium, creating appealing characters and economy of design.

CG Animation 1

Course ID: AN250
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces the student to Alias's industry-leading Maya software. This course is designed for students interested in computer-generated character animation for film, TV, and the gaming industry. This introductory course covers inverse kinematics (movement of arms and legs), 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and basic rendering. Students produce a short animation using a character developed early in the semester. Each student will provide their own external hard drive.

CG Animation 1

Course ID: AN250
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces the student to Alias's industry-leading Maya software. This course is designed for students interested in computer-generated character animation for film, TV, and the gaming industry. This introductory course covers inverse kinematics (movement of arms and legs), 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and basic rendering. Students produce a short animation using a character developed early in the semester. Each student will provide their own external hard drive.

CG Animation 2

Course ID: AN301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN250
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers continued study with Maya. Areas of study include modeling tools, 3D morphing, and intermediate animation techniques. In addition, compositing, hierarchical motion and targeting, camera tracking, lighting, rendering, shading techniques, and surface textures will be covered. Students learn to import and export animation routines/cycles and apply them to 3D character models.

CG Animation 2

Course ID: AN301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN250
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers continued study with Maya. Areas of study include modeling tools, 3D morphing, and intermediate animation techniques. In addition, compositing, hierarchical motion and targeting, camera tracking, lighting, rendering, shading techniques, and surface textures will be covered. Students learn to import and export animation routines/cycles and apply them to 3D character models.

Digital Skills

Course ID: AN302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The Digital Skills course will focus on modern 2D limited animation techniques. Students will learn strategies for constructing and animating 2D digital puppets, use of libraries and other strategies to improve efficiency in a digital 2D pipeline. Students will also be introduced to hybrid techniques which combine digital drawing and keyframing into a single seamless approach to save production time and maximize animation output. Students will also learn how to output from vector animation software and process scenes in digital compositing software as a post-production process before editing. Compositing skills including 3D coordinate space, 2D particle tools, video filters, virtual lighting and virtual camera motion will be introduced. Students will work as a team to create an original limited animation short film using 2D vector animation and compositing software. This course can be taken in place of CG Animation 2. Students must be of Sophomore standing and have successfully completed FD 125 Fundamentals of Animation.

Digital Skills

Course ID: AN302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The Digital Skills course will focus on modern 2D limited animation techniques. Students will learn strategies for constructing and animating 2D digital puppets, use of libraries and other strategies to improve efficiency in a digital 2D pipeline. Students will also be introduced to hybrid techniques which combine digital drawing and keyframing into a single seamless approach to save production time and maximize animation output. Students will also learn how to output from vector animation software and process scenes in digital compositing software as a post-production process before editing. Compositing skills including 3D coordinate space, 2D particle tools, video filters, virtual lighting and virtual camera motion will be introduced. Students will work as a team to create an original limited animation short film using 2D vector animation and compositing software. This course can be taken in place of CG Animation 2. Students must be of Sophomore standing and have successfully completed FD 125 Fundamentals of Animation.

Animation 2

Course ID: AN309
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209, AN302
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Animation 1. Following similar criteria, students will continue expanding their knowledge of the 12 principles of animation: with emphasis on leading action and overlap. By employing the basics of acting and observing how to portray emotion with their characters, students will explore animating different character types and personalities in various ways. Students may take part in selected assignments or create their own 30-second short film. Students are required to have their own sets of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req: Animation 1

Animation 2

Course ID: AN309
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209, AN302
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Animation 1. Following similar criteria, students will continue expanding their knowledge of the 12 principles of animation: with emphasis on leading action and overlap. By employing the basics of acting and observing how to portray emotion with their characters, students will explore animating different character types and personalities in various ways. Students may take part in selected assignments or create their own 30-second short film. Students are required to have their own sets of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req: Animation 1

Layout

Course ID: AN310
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course students will learn the role of layout in the filmmaking process, with an emphasis on feature films. The course will cover the basics of film cinematography, planning camera mechanics, how to plan and use creative perspective, lighting, and visual storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to plan and create a layout workbook, and to develop a series of key layouts during the semester. The emphasis will be on creative solutions for staging and designing the worlds that animated characters inhabit. The principles taught can be applied to traditional animation, 3D animation, or games. Recommended texts: The Five Cs of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli and Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steven D. Katz. Bring a 9 x 12 sketchbook and a set of cool grey Prism color markers to the first day of class.

Layout

Course ID: AN310
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course students will learn the role of layout in the filmmaking process, with an emphasis on feature films. The course will cover the basics of film cinematography, planning camera mechanics, how to plan and use creative perspective, lighting, and visual storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to plan and create a layout workbook, and to develop a series of key layouts during the semester. The emphasis will be on creative solutions for staging and designing the worlds that animated characters inhabit. The principles taught can be applied to traditional animation, 3D animation, or games. Recommended texts: The Five Cs of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli and Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steven D. Katz. Bring a 9 x 12 sketchbook and a set of cool grey Prism color markers to the first day of class.

Background Painting

Course ID: AN311
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN302, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Background Painting teaches students to take their drawn environments and background layouts to full color. The course emphasizes the skills and tools needed to emulate traditional painting techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

Background Painting

Course ID: AN311
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN302, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Background Painting teaches students to take their drawn environments and background layouts to full color. The course emphasizes the skills and tools needed to emulate traditional painting techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

Visual Development for Animators 1

Course ID: AN313
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course is designed to push the student's ability to give vision to a concept and to visually convey emotional story beats. Emphasis is placed on visual communication with the use of value, design, color, and composition. Artistic growth is encouraged through a series of critiques and demonstrations.

Visual Development for Animators 1

Course ID: AN313
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course is designed to push the student's ability to give vision to a concept and to visually convey emotional story beats. Emphasis is placed on visual communication with the use of value, design, color, and composition. Artistic growth is encouraged through a series of critiques and demonstrations.

Character Design 2

Course ID: AN316
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Character Design I. Students create and construct model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. The focus is on design uniformity, composition, and effective use of color. Personal style and interpretation are developed. Craft and rendering techniques are perfected while students strive to execute quality portfolio pieces.

Character Design 2

Course ID: AN316
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Character Design I. Students create and construct model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. The focus is on design uniformity, composition, and effective use of color. Personal style and interpretation are developed. Craft and rendering techniques are perfected while students strive to execute quality portfolio pieces.

Figure Drawing for Animators 2

Course ID: AN317
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN217
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and capturing essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media are introduced.

Figure Drawing for Animators 2

Course ID: AN317
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN217
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and capturing essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media are introduced.

Storyboarding 2

Course ID: AN318
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A comprehensive exploration of digital storyboarding using previous and current storyboards and keyframes. The student is introduced to camera moves, timing, sound, and titles to create their own animatic. The programs utilized for the course are Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Storyboarding 2

Course ID: AN318
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A comprehensive exploration of digital storyboarding using previous and current storyboards and keyframes. The student is introduced to camera moves, timing, sound, and titles to create their own animatic. The programs utilized for the course are Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Animal Drawing 2

Course ID: AN320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN220
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location. Emphasis is on 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills.

Animal Drawing 2

Course ID: AN320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN220
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location. Emphasis is on 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills.

Directing for Animators

Course ID: AN325
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218, AN309, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to finalize a short film idea that will be executed in the senior year. This course will provide experience in the process of choosing a short-film idea and developing it into a story that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. Students learn storytelling and filmmaking techniques and explore several ideas before choosing a final film. Students in this class will be evaluated on their scripts, designs and animatics with sound.

Directing for Animators

Course ID: AN325
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218, AN309, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to finalize a short film idea that will be executed in the senior year. This course will provide experience in the process of choosing a short-film idea and developing it into a story that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. Students learn storytelling and filmmaking techniques and explore several ideas before choosing a final film. Students in this class will be evaluated on their scripts, designs and animatics with sound.

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