Course Information

for Communication Arts Department

 

Introduction to 2D Animation (CA201)

Credits:3

Students learn the mechanics of sequential storytelling and apply them to storyboards, character development, design, short animated sequences, and motion graphics. Students use traditional and digital media to create their images and learn digital editing techniques and processes.

Introduction to 3D Animation (CA202)

Credits:3

Students will learn how to navigate the Maya interface and apply it to a variety of scenarios ranging from basic reference modeling to assist in illustration to 3D modeling and texturing for production or studio use. Students will also learn about creating and using orthographic maps to create accurate 3D models of concepts they research and create.

Storyboarding and Compositing (CA203)

Credits:3

Using industry-standard techniques and terminology, students will learn about different concepts and formats behind the storyboarding process. Students will understand the purpose of a storyboard (with or without a script) and how to implement it for pre-production use. Students will also begin exploring Motion Graphics as well as special effects for use in film and animation. Programs like Premiere and After Effects will be used to Composite Video, Illustration, and Animation work.

Letterpress Design (CA211)

Credits:3

This course explores technical processes, visual aesthetics and design strategies in letterpress printing through individual printing/publishing projects, as well as a final collaborative project. Students acquire a working knowledge of letterpress operation and design as a historic perspective of printing and to supplement to their knowledge of offset and digital printing technology.

Storytelling Art for Motion Graphics (CA301)

Credits:3

Students will learn about the visual development process behind concept design for animation as it applies to prop, character, and background design. Students will be brought to understand a standard industry pipeline, utilizing research and storytelling so that they can create assets that are useable for animation pre-production.

Production for Animation (CA302)

Credits:3

In this course, students will work with team members on actual animation that they may face in a work environment, while learning proper workflow on pre and post-production of a full animated short. The final work for this class will constitute a finished animated portfolio piece.

Advanced Letterpress (CA311)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of the exploration of the technical processes, visual aesthetics and design strategies in letterpress printing from CA211. Individual interests are pursued. Students determine areas of more advanced interest and work with the instructor to study them to create more advanced work to achieve quality portfolio pieces.

Digital Arts 5: Web Design (DA303)

Credits:3

This course explores various interactive digital media venues including interactive art, computer-based training, instructional design methodologies and, Internet and intranet. Students will be taught the art of utilizing a multimedia and mixed-media approach to creating dynamic interactive digital art and design. Students will be encouraged to incorporate ideas and media from photography, printmaking, 3D, and drawing. Assignments may include imagery that is projected, viewed on a monitor, comprised of cell phone graphics, or completed using output media such as CD, DVD, and television. Software may include Adobe Photoshop + Illustrator, Flash, Strata CX, and other previously presented software.