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2D/3D Compositing for Animation

Course No. ANIM 400  Credits: 3.0

The course is designed to instruct students in the process and concepts of integrating 2D and 3D images from multiple digital sources into a single, seamless whole composite. The course will be examining tools, techniques and concepts which help to augment and compose digital space for sequences of images (still images, animations & video). Digital compositing is the manipulated combination of at least 2 or more sources of images to produce and integrated result. The course will use the process of compositing to demonstrate the following advanced concepts & techniques: digital compositing concepts, motion graphics integration, post production special effects, matte painting/masking, basic 2D rotoscoping and animation of different composited layers, depth and 2D space composites, 3D generated render passes, lighting and color correction for image synthesis and rendering with correct frame rate and aspect ratios. The fundamental concepts, principles and practices of time based digital compositing and rendering in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality professional visual communications. Based primarily in the software program Adobe After Effects, students will immerse themselves in the making of integrated 2D works that are driven by medical/scientific, socially, culturally and research connected narratives. Offered spring.

3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting

Course No. ANIM 347  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Hal Lewis | Harrison Walsh | Pete Maric

This course is designed to cover concepts in digital application of texture maps (for virtual 3D models); 3D material qualities and characteristics, digital lighting concepts and design, and rendering methods. The importance of digital cinematography, scene arrangement and compositing of 3D elements of color, camera and light are goals of aesthetic integration. The subject matter within the Biomedical Art curriculum reflects the subject matter of natural science, medicine, and educational media. Elective students may use the course to their individual major focus, but must fulfill the knowledge of concepts and project objectives. Projects include concept integration into technical production workflow for describing digital 3D surfaces and scenes; creating compositional balance of camera, texture (color) and light to illustrate a narrative scene. Projects require the student to continually improve upon conceptual problem solving, time management strategies, communication/presentation and technical skills.

Acting + Directing

Course No. ANIM 231  Credits: 3.0

Acting/Directing is an Intense production course designed for aspiring Art Directors, Screenwriters and Actors who wish to pursue a career in film and/or animation. The course requires both performance and cinematic practice. Directors will create and produce short scenes taking on the full responsibility of creating clear communication using the audio/visual language of cinema and focusing on the developing and execution of performance on screen. Beyond just holding the responsibility of successful execution of a project, directors will also switch roles with the actor, working from the other side of the lens to better understand the acting process and what kind of specific direction an actor needs to perform according to another director's vision. Open elective.

Advanced 3D Animation

Course No. ANIM 308  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Hal Lewis
Prerequisite(s) Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to 3D Modeling

Prerequisites: Intro to 3D Modeling and Intro 3D Animation.

Animation Portfolio Reel + Shorts

Course No. ANIM 420  Credits: 3.0

This course is a requirement for Animation students but also recommended for any student interested in the entertainment industry. Students will build and present a professional portfolio while learning career search and interviewing skills. Students will have the opportunity to create animated shorts and refine their best work. Each student will leave this course with a professional portfolio and a demo reel in their area of expertise. Offered spring.

Animation: Internship

Course No. ANIM 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

BFA Research + Preparation

Course No. ANIM 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato

This course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA Thesis, strong conceptual skills developed through a professional planning and a good researched idea are core to this process. Offered fall.

BFA Thesis + Exhibition

Course No. IME 402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Nancy McEntee

This course provides a platform for senior Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Illustration, and Photography majors who are BFA candidates. The course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his project and the production of all elements of the BFA thesis. Strong conceptual skills developed through professional planning and research are core to this process. Offered spring.



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CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

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