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In this course, students will learn about the history of animation, from the hand animated short films of the early 20th century, through to modern day 3D computer rendered films with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Students will explore the nature and themes of animation across cultures, from Japanese Anime to Western Animation.
Students will develop their own animation skills and understanding through studying reference material and drawing, exploring topics such as structure, motion, physics and timing, and how the interplay of these various aspects are used to bring to life both animate and inanimate objects as their own characters. Concepts borrowed from film making such as staging, framing, blocking, posing and composition will be explored in both animation as well as static mediums such as graphic novels.
At the end of the course, students will produce their own hand animated scene, demonstrating their ability to use their understanding of the principles of animation and the skills they have developed, to realise a visual narrative.
Learning Outcomes / Hua AkorangaOn successful completion of the course, students will be able to:1. Discuss the history of animation, and how different styles, themes and commonalities have arisen in animation from different cultures.2. Examine reference materials, and describe how aspects such as structure, motion, physics, and timing could be employed to bring the reference materials to life3. Create animations and animation reference material through drawing and other common industry standard animation tools4. Describe how concepts from film such as staging, framing, blocking, posing and composition can be used in animation and graphic novels5. Create animations to realise a visual narrative
PROD142 and DISC102
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Assessment WeightsStop Motion Animation 15%2D Portfolio (Traditional) 20%2D Portfolio (Digital) 20%3D Animation 35%Competency Quizzes 10%Total 100%
Domestic fee $1,059.00
International fee $6,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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