VACV230 Motion Graphics
The Arts Department: Cinema/Video Production
- I. Course Number and Title
- VACV230 Motion Graphics
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- VACV140 (C or better) or VAMM100 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students learn the essential elements of motion graphics and visual effects creation through the use of industry-standard software programs. This course provides students with the essential skills of compositing and creating post-processing effects for a wide range of media, including video, animation, gaming, and the web.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- apply the vocabulary of the digital arts as they develop rhetorical skills regarding their own work and that of others in the class;
- employ the basic software/tools used in the manipulation and control of motion graphics;
- create motion graphics based on current industry trends and practices;
- apply the skills of compositing and creating post-processing effects to a motion graphics project; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning ActivitiesStudents work with motion graphics software and learn the difference between graphical formats. They learn the advantages and disadvantages of different file formats for video, web, and audio. Students work with industry-standard software to create original projects using software functions that may include: Keyframes, Timelines, Filters, Interpolation, Layers, Lighting, Cinematography, Track Mattes, Masks, and 3D layers. Camera views and orientation and perspective lenses are used to create motion. Students develop storyboards and project presentations, and render formats specific to video, interactive projects, gaming, and the web.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudents submit three (3) projects that demonstrate their understanding of motion graphics. Student assessment is based on the successful completion of these assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and the demonstrated use of appropriate vocabulary in critiques.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Approval Date: 10/14/2014; New Core 8/2015