Course Title: Animation and Interactive Media Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Animation and Interactive Media Studio 1

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Ms Helen Dickson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9816

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this Studio you will explore and experiment with the fundamental practices and paradigms of animation design through a series of short projects. You will develop a broad range of techniques that may include 2D/3D animation, stop motion, life drawing, sound, video, interactive design, image creation and graphics production. While working individually and with teams in studio workshops, you will engage with basic animation concepts through first-hand observation and critical discussion with your peers.

IMPORTANT: Life drawing classes may be offered as part of this course. Life models can be clothed or unclothed. Alternative activities and assessment with be arranged for students for whom drawing nude models would be unsuitable. Please consult the course coordinator to discuss alternatives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Utilise technical skills in motion and interaction design, through a range of authoring systems, to visualise, structure and construct effective linear and interactive media outcomes.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.


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

  • Apply an introductory level of technical skills in animation and interactive media to create simple works with a range of animation techniques.
  • Design and realise simple projects in response to a basic brief, in an organised and timely fashion.
  • Develop minor concepts within a studio environment utilising peer discussion and feedback.
  • Experiment and reflect on a range of animation production processes.

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.

This course engages you in learning about Animation and Interactive Media via an immersion into the discipline, its methods and practices through set projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences in the studio environment including: individual and group problem solving; idea generation and the iterative development of animated linear or interactive concepts; using preproduction methodologies for the purpose of further refining propositions; and presenting and reflecting on individual and collective learning processes.

The iterative development of concepts through to animated linear or interactive productions includes developing a practice of documenting ideas. Learning activities include workshops, group work, independent inquiry and critique.

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

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment may include studio projects, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.
Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed upon the creative briefs you undertake as part of each module in Animation and Interactive Studio 1.
Each of creative brief will be assessed individually, with your academic mark and grade for the semester determined by the sum of the individual results. There will be one brief per module.
Assessment consists of six individual briefs. Each will contribute 16.67% to your final grade.

Details of each brief will be available in the online platforms used by this course.