MART 571C: Moving Image Advanced—Animation

Next taught by Dr. Tarr: Spring 2019

Animation? What kind?

This animation course supports 2D motion graphics and animation, as well as hand drawn, object based, and digital 3D animation.

The class is full, will you add me?

No. The class size is based on the fire capacity of the room. Let me know if you want the class but it is full, I keep track of this and communicate it to the people at the University who decide how many courses we can offer.

I'M NOT A MEDIA ARTS MAJOR OR MINOR. CAN I TAKE IT ANYWAY?

Definitely! As long as you've had the prerequisites.

WHAT are THE PREREQS?

You must have successfully completed (with a C or better) MART 210 (Digital Media Art Fundamentals) and MART 371 (The Moving Image).

I haven't had the PREREQS. Will you let me take this?

Almost certainly not. In some rare cases, if a student has taken equivalent classes in another major that prove to me a certain level of fluency in terms of visual art sophistication and command of cinematic language, I may let them in the class if there is space. This decision is mine alone as the professor, and it has nothing to do with what software you may know or how well you can draw. But if the above describes your case, drop me a line.

The Registration computer let me in without the prereqs! That means I can take it, right?

No, that just means that the software that the University runs on was designed by doofuses. We run regular reports to see who is missing the prereqs and then remove those people from the class.

DO I HAVE TO BUY SOFTWARE?

No. If you have a computer and plan to pursue this work regularly, it would be wise to have a student subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you want to pursue 3D work, I recommend Blender 3D.

I WANT TO USE MY OWN COMPUTER, DO I HAVE TO USE THE LAB?

No, you can use your own. However, please understand that you must use very specific tools to animation that you cannot substitute, and that even if something goes wrong with your computer, you are still responsible for the work getting done.

CAN I GET A JUMP START ON THINGS?

Sure. if you want to get a jump on the technical details of the software, you can watch video demos for Adobe AfterEffects and Animate from the tutorial site we use: OneFromZero.com. Additionally, you must have a library card from the Richland Library. This will get you free access to Lynda.com tutorials, which will allow you to get the basics in any other software packages you might need to complete your project.

IS THERE A TEXTBOOK?

Yes. The Animator's Survival Kit. It is required.