MART 380 Digital Animation II: Flash

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture/32-36 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MART 379 or equivalent.

Description: This course utilizes Macromedia Flash® as a medium for the development and exploration of computer-based cinematic animations, advanced interactive projects as well as the application of basic scripting principles. The class is project-based and geared towards the creation of interactive, self-contained and optimized Flash® applications, both for a web media and CD-ROM presentations. Student projects are developed through the integration of rich media such as audio and video with ActionScript and advanced animation techniques. Further independent instruction is encouraged through a wide range of sources such as internet tutorials, books and experimentation. Transfer: CSU.

MART 418 History of Animation

Units (Grade Option) 1.5; Class Hours: 24-27 lecture/16-18 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course is a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach to the production and development of animation throughout history. Material spans from the roots of animation before film technology to modern commercial and artistic animated productions. Topics include experimental and traditional animation techniques, an overview of current technologies and the aesthetics and visual styles in different genres. The history of animation is viewed through its social context and impact since its inception, through the past century to the contemporary era. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MART 420 3D Modeling and Animation I

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture/32-36 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Basic concepts of 3D modeling and animation using Autodesk Maya including the production of three-dimensional computer animation and the different approaches to modeling in a 3D environment. Familiarization with both the interface and the production process of 3D animation. Texture mapping, lighting and rendering of simple animation and environments. Completion of MART 376 or equivalent is recommended. Transfer: CSU.

MART 417 Principles of Animation

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture/24-27 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Using paper and pencil, students learn the fundamental principles underlying all quality animation. Techniques like squash and stretch, overlap, follow-through, weight, arcs, solid dimensional drawing, and appeal are presented. Applying traditional animation skills to applications like Flash, After Effects, and Maya are also included. Transfer: CSU.

MART 430 3D Character Animation

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture/32-36 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Character animation concepts including character thinking, changes of emotion, speaking (lip-sync animation) and walking cycles. Cartooning effects such as squash and stretch as well as using Autodesk Maya controls to create a believable character performance. Basic concepts dealing with animation planning, thumbnail sketches, and the effect of weight and gravity when animating a biped or any anthropomorphic character. Completion of MART 420 or familiarity with 3D software is highly recommended. Transfer: CSU.