Course Title: Visual Effects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Visual Effects

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OART1015

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

OART1035

RMIT Vietnam Saigon Sth Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016

OART1051

Melbourne transfer to Vietnam

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Mark Lycette

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9818

Course Coordinator Email: mark.lycette@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of VART3573 Animation and Interactive Media Design Effects.

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT


Course Description

In this course you will develop professional knowledge and skills in the area of compositing and digital effects. You will be encouraged to experiment with new and creative approaches to this rapidly expanding design form. Digital media, animation and film theory, and the language and history of compositing will be explored. Working with digital video, animation, and digital still imagery, and using a variety of post-production tools, you will combine imagery from disparate sources to create believable new time-based environments.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, in which to base your professional practice or future study.


Upon the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine and discuss the evolution of digital compositing and digital visual effects.
  • Critically analyse and discuss the implications of emerging technologies in the visual effects design process.
  • Design and develop a range of creative visual effects solutions to design problems.
  • Interpret the influence of visual effects in the creation of innovative digital media.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

The semester will be divided into core concepts pertaining to 3D Animation Advanced. Each section will be devoted to a conceptual framework and development of particular skills and creative abilities. Assignments will be given which relate to the skills and knowledge gained in each particular area.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Animation students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/gamesandanimation.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. You will develop your abilities in project development, 3D modelling, lighting, texturing and animation. You will be encouraged to challenge and develop your creative and critical ability through class exercises and individual projects.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Compositing & Animation: 20%

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcomes

  • Examine and discuss the evolution of digital compositing and digital visual effects.
  • Critically analyse and discuss the implications of emerging technologies in the visual effects design process.

Program learning outcome

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, in which to base your professional practice or future study.

 

Tracking, Particles & Effects: 20%

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcomes

  • Examine and discuss the evolution of digital compositing and digital visual effects.
  • Design and develop a range of creative visual effects solutions to design problems.

Program learning outcome

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, in which to base your professional practice or future study.

 

Effects project: 40%

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse and discuss the implications of emerging technologies in the visual effects design process.
  • Design and develop a range of creative visual effects solutions to design problems.
  • Interpret the influence of visual effects in the creation of innovative digital media.

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, in which to base your professional practice or future study.

 

Professional Practice: 20%

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcome

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.

Program learning outcome

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, in which to base your professional practice or future study.