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Courses - January 2023

Level 1

Course Details

Anatomy and Life Drawing
ARTS8010

Description:

This course will enhance the student’s awareness of the relationships between human and character development, with specific focus on refinement of life-drawing skills. Emphasis on structural drawing techniques and sequential figure drawing will contribute towards an understanding of human/skeletal anatomy and how movement and animation of characters evolve. Students will design and create a unique character that will be utilized in concurrent and future animation projects.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Story Development I
ARTS8020

Description:

Students will research, create and develop stories that will form the basis of their personal e-portfolio production toolkit. These stories will be integrated in concurrent and future courses and become the scripting component of storyboarding for shot selection and composition.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Sound Design and Engineering
ARTS8030

Description:

This course will provide the students with the opportunity to create or acquire audio elements. Studio and location sound capture will be processed and engineered for voice or special effect/s sound tracks that contribute towards creating believable animation sequences.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Animation Methodologies I
DSGN8030

Description:

The technical skills that are traditionally associated with cinematography will migrate to the virtual, computer world of 3D animation. Students will use a variety of 3D animation production software to generate animation sequences that highlight characters and environments. Working from storyboards, students will previsualize shot angles, position cameras with movement and angles, and use lighting, colour and shadow to achieve a prescribed result. Students will also perfect body mechanics, performance, facial animation and full body (biped) characters.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Environmental Constructs
DSGN8040

Description:

Creating compelling environments is a critical component that contributes to the overall visual effect and storytelling process. Students will research, design and create environments that align to the characters and actions associated with the animation sequences. This course builds off skills and knowledge of concurrent courses and will form the foundation for future animation sequence development.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Safety in the Workplace
OHS1320

Description:

This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of general Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Level 2

Course Details

Story Development II
ARTS8040

Description:

This course is the foundation for the final portfolio element. Students will research, create and develop a story and storyboard for a comprehensive animation sequence that will be generated via the Directed Project – Lab course. Students will incorporate their knowledge of different genres, story mechanics, story structure and story arcs in the development of coherent story structures.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Directed Project - Lab
ARTS8050

Description:

Students will use their design, illustration and animation skills to create unique characters that contribute towards creating believable animation sequences. Utilizing animation software and related technologies, they will create imagery that mirrors live-action elements and migrate their unique characters from the 1D and 2D illustrative stages to the 3D dimensions of an animated storyline.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Character Design
DSGN8050

Description:

Students will use their design, illustration and animation skills to create unique characters that contribute towards creating believable animation sequences. Utilizing animation software and related technologies, they will create imagery that mirrors live-action elements and migrate their unique characters from the 1D and 2D illustrative stages to the 3D dimensions of an animated storyline.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Animation Methodologies II
DSGN8060

Description:

Students will increase their personal toolkits of animation skills and knowledge and expand their technical abilities, by utilizing a variety of animation software, technologies and related applications. 3D computer generated imagery will be integrated into live action elements as well as full 3D and virtual reality environments which provide visual effects that capture the viewer's attention and contribute to the storyline.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Portfolio Development and Presentation
ETR8100

Description:

This course focuses on the preparation of a professional portfolio that demonstrates the skills and capabilities of the student. Students will identify and select examples of their work that emphasizes their strengths, and customize a portfolio to fit the specific job requirements of their target market. Students will present and speak to scope of work, with focus on the production pipeline and identify the specific personal work accomplished as well as the skills and knowledge required in production.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Field Placement (3D Computer Animation)
FPLT8000

Description:

Students will gain valuable work experience while observing day to day operations in a real-world production environment. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 80 hours work experience to be eligible for graduation.

  • Hours: 80
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Design visual effects sequences using storyboarding and pre-visualization that meet production requirements.
  2. Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients throughout all stages of production.
  3. Complete the production of live action plates for use in visual effects.
  4. Manage the planning, implementation and production of animation and visual effects projects to meet production schedules.
  5. Select appropriate hardware and software protocols specific to the field of visual effects.
  6. Analyze images and physical sets to digitally re-create lights, cameras, locations and objects.
  7. Create photo-real images to match live action footage.
  8. Recreate natural phenomena by using appropriate particle or dynamic effects and the principles of performance theory.
  9. Integrate 2D and/or 3D computer generated imagery and live action elements.
  10. Create customized tools through software or scripting to allow for more advanced application of visual effects techniques.
  11. Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on the production of visual effects.
  12. Assemble digital assets such as background, environment, characters and objects, according to project brief using production pipeline methodologies.
  13. Present an e-portfolio of animation projects that highlights one’s creativity, animation skills and proficiency with relevant 3D- animation technologies.