Courses include: 3D Animation, Digital Art, Technoculture, Video, and Senior Studio Seminar
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3D Animation I
3D Animation II:Advanced Techniques
“3D Animation” introduces the techniques that shape and the theories that inform 3D digital practices. By investigating the unique points of view possible within three-dimensional computer worlds, projects will explore space and time outside of our daily human scale. Throughout this course, students gain the basic techniques and concepts of 3D animation through in-class guided tutorials and practice assignments using Maya 8.5.
While serving as a guide to the concepts and production of 3D animation and effects, this course also provides a framework for students to examine the implications of their technologically saturated lives, and results in animation projects that involve drawing, sculptural elements, and video. Techniques covered include 3D modeling, texturing, and animation. Students have the option of combining 3D digital graphics with "live-action" footage through digital compositing techniques.
Any prior experience with Adobe After Effects is particularly beneficial. While students new to Maya will receive an overview of animation approaches and techniques, advanced students may work independently and concentrate exclusively on creating and rigging characters. Creative explorations allow each student to experiment with digital tools for expanding their own artistic direction and vision — and provides them with tools for generating future ideas and further developing their artistic portfolios. This course encourages experimental approaches and uses of animation media. Final production pieces may be created for installation, video, or multimedia applications.