Course Title: Produce a digital animation sequence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COSC6176C

Course Title: Produce a digital animation sequence

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5218 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Arthur Michalopoulos

arthur.michalopoulos@rmit.edu.au

9925 4111

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

N/A

Course Description

This unit of competency is delivered in the local class 3D 2. This course describes the skills and knowledge to generate specific 3D Models and 2D designs for use in composited 3D and 2D animation projects


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAGAM517A Produce a digital animation sequence

Element:

1. Develop or source story or concept

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research ideas for animation sequence
1.2 Produce treatment of animation sequence

Element:

2. Develop plan and determine components required for animation sequence

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce and work according to production plan
2.2 Develop a storyboard detailing the 3-D animation
2.3 Create concept drawings for 3-D models
2.4 Show evidence of reference material used for storyboard
and concept drawings

Element:

3. Produce animation sequence using 3-D software

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use the production plan to create animation
3.2 Select appropriate frames per second to use for the
animation
3.3 Use references to create assets
3.4 Create a 3-D animation project using 3-D modelling and
animation software
3.5 Animate components of the 3-D environment to reflect
planned animation sequence
3.6 Using 3-D modelling and animation software, produce
high-end lighting techniques

Element:

4. Render and finalise 3-D animation sequence

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select appropriate resolution and aspect ratio
4.2 Employ 3-D modelling software to render the animated
sequence
4.3 Review the rendered frames against the initial storyboard
concept


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to effectively combine together elements of 2D and 3D aniamtion into a seamless, meaningful whole.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of
•lectures
•workshops
•practical exercises
•discussions
•screenings
•independent research


Teaching Schedule

 

Week         Class ContentAssessment tasks
Week 1Introduction to course with associated questions and discussion revolving primarily around the concept and other appropriate resources & references
Faithfully re-creating sequences & details from film- utilizing 3D and other related art creation and compositing software
Assessment task 1 Design proposal brief for Citizen Kane Sequence
 
 
Week 2Researching and referencing for the concept
Developing concept drawings and storyboards
 
Week 3 Production Schedule ‘workshop’ 
Week 4 Utilizing NURBS modelling techniques in character model development and production 
Week 5Developing and building the models towards completion in consideration with proposed materials, textures and lighting of interior

 

 
Week 6Developing and building the models towards completion in consideration with proposed materials, textures and lighting of exteriorAssessment task 1 Design proposal for Citizen Kane Sequence (Graded)
Week 7Developing and building the models towards completion in consideration with materials, textures and lighting. 
Week 8Class review and discussion of production

 

 
Week 9Animating relevant model components 
Week 10Discussion on approaches for preparation in Maya to compositing 
Week 11Discussion on approaches to compositing using After Effects 
Week 12Animating relevant model components and preparation for render and output.
Utilizing compositing software to complete production and approaches to compositing using After Effects

 

 
Week 13Class review and discussion of production 
Week 14Preparation for renders and output. Utilizing compositing software to complete production
Final tweaking
 
Week 15Class review and discussion of productionAssessment task 2 Final Build for Citizen Kane Sequence
Week 16A year in review: Class Review/discussion on completed projects 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Extensive use of web for research as required


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the semester and will involve group and individual projects.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.


To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory industry standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment. 

This unit of competency is delivered in the local class 3D 2. This course describes the skills and knowledge to generate specific 3D Models that will be produced for a sequence that will include live action footage

Semester project: Citizen Kane Sequence

Building and animating of a 3D ‘environment’ that faithfully recreates a sequence from the Orson Welles film ‘Citizen Kane’. The environment will then be incorporated with live footage for the overall realisation (NB A joint project with Motion Design 2 - Develop and Extend Design Skills (BSBDES403A VART 5936C)

Assessment task 1 Design proposal for Citizen Kane Sequence Due: Week 6
(Graded assessment - Refer to assignment brief for details)

Assessment task 2 Final Build for Citizen Kane Sequence Due: Week 15
(Graded assessment - Refer to assignment brief for details)

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: www.rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.
 

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