VAMM230 3-D Animation
The Arts Department: Multimedia and Web Design
- I. Course Number and Title
- VAMM230 3-D Animation
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- VAMM130 (C or better) or equivalent knowledge with permission of the Arts Department
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Students work on assignments outside of class; the software will be available in designated labs on campus.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Three-dimensional animation techniques are presented through lecture and demonstration. Students build on the concepts of 3-D modeling to expand their project to include motion scripting of fully mapped and lighted scenes. Animation and graphic editing applications are used in the course.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
Students will be able to:
- assess a creative problem in 3-D scene construction and animation and develop a solution design;
- construct scenes and motion scripts for animation;
- apply the techniques of 3-D development to model, apply lighting and texture mapping, and render a project;
- apply the techniques of 2-D imaging for texture mapping and control of surface appearance in both surface and volumetric modes;
- apply the concepts learned to create a 3-D animation; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- create animations that include: stop-action, cells, and roto-scoping;
- create movement in three-dimensional XYZ coordinate space;
- demonstrate mastery of 3-D concepts including:
- timelines and intervals;
- frames per second;
- event markers; and
- motion control.
- apply camera views, orientation, perspective lenses, and view management tools to create motion;
- control transformations and other effects;
- apply volumetric effects including: spot, and point lighting, fog, and clouds;
- develop scripts to create motion;
- manage hierarchical systems that contain;
- shapes and instances;
- inverse kinematics;
- bones and skeletons;
- flex and balance; and
- object composition.
- construct for memory conservation, speed of rendering, and processing;
- prepare storyboards and project presentations; and
- render formats specific to video, interactive projects, gaming, and the web.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudent assessment is based on the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Instructor-created handouts, textbooks, trade books, web resources, tutorials, or videos will be used. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015