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Animation

This course is an introduction to digital painting, character design, sequential arts, and color composition for illustration, film, and animation. It covers the study of illustration as visual interpretation and helps students develop strategies for communicating content through pictorial narrative. Students will also learn basic software skills to develop digital drawing abilities. Animation is a course designed to introduce students to the concept of animation and mimicking life movement in art.

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Animation Learning Path
Fundamentals in Animation
- Digital Animation - Clip Studio Paint 1

Fundamentals in Animation (Animation Level 1) introduces students to the concept of animations and mimicking life movement in art. Students will learn and explore the 12 Principles of Animation that were founded by two of the original Disney animators. By the end of the term, students will have put those principles into practice by creating four full animation projects, from ball bounce to facial squash and stretching.

 

Prerequisite: Digital Illustration - Adobe Photoshop 1

 

Software: Clip Studio Paint

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Animation II
- Digital Animation - Clip Studio Paint 2

Animation II introduces the full story-driven animation layout. Students will create an animatic using the concepts learned from Animation I, including pacing, timing, and composition. By the end of the term, students will have finished a fully functional and solid storyboard animatic that is ready for clean-up in Animation III.

 

Prerequisite: Digital Animation - Clip Studio Paint 1

 

Software: Clip Studio Paint

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Animation III
- Digital Animation - Clip Studio Paint 3

Animation III allows students to begin the process of in-betweening on their animatics from Animation II. Students will learn the importance of keeping on the model, reading timing charts, and maintaining fluid motions, color, shading, lighting, and camera movements to create a fully finished animation. By the end of the term, students will have a fully finished black-and-white or colored animation. 

 

Note: Animation is an intensive art and requires hundreds of drawings. If the student works at a slower pace, they will be asked to not use color to make sure the project will be finished.)

Prerequisite: Digital Animation - Clip Studio Paint 2

 

Software: Clip Studio Paint

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Digital Art Portfolio
- Portfolio Prep

The Digital Portfolio course is a class that allows students to have a primarily focused, one on one lesson plan based on their artistic endeavors. Within the course, each student will explain to the instructor what they are most interested in and what they want to pursue. The instructor will then focus on building a professional-level portfolio and an online presence for the students' work. Students can focus on comics, animation, character design, background design, and Visual Development. 

 

Software: Adobe Photoshop 

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet 

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Student Work Gallery

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