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Mesoamerican Empires of the Aztec and Maya

Course ID: AH114
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An introductory course exploring the art and architecture of Mesoamerica from the rise of the Olmec in 1500 BCE to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521, Mesoamerican Empires will focus on how changes in visual culture have reflected larger religious and political transformations in Mesoamerica. Issues of cultural memory and myth will be examined to understand indigenous conceptions of art, history, cosmology, and social hierarchy. Forging links with the present day, students will learn to identify and contextualize Mesoamerican iconography in contemporary media including the creative expression of lowrider culture, tattoos, fine art, and fashion. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the material through visual (art) projects, a formal writing assignment, and their participation in class discussions. No prerequisites.

Intro to Asian Art and Culture

Course ID: AH115
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is an exploration of art and visual culture from the Asian continent. Focusing on art works as historical, cultural, and social documents, we will examine how art was commissioned, collected, and used by royalty, the elite, popular audiences, and religious communities in both rural and urban settings. Different themes discussed include art as an instrument of power and propaganda, as a tool for social and religious ritual, an expression of status and prestige, a medium for social protest, as well as a product for the marketplace. Beginning with Bronze Age objects for ritual purposes, subsequent artforms include scroll paintings in the Song Dynasty, women’s painting and printed books, Japanese secular emaki scrolls and ukioy-e art, the luxury of Mughal art in India, and true-view landscape painting in Korea. Students are required to do class readings and engage actively in class discussion, complete two papers, create a final project, and make a final presentation. No prerequisites.

Ancient Civ: Egypt-Greece-Rome

Course ID: AH116
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
If consciousness is shaped by our history, then where are we, collectively, if we’ve lost faith that a shared historical commonality among cultures ever existed? To the people who thrived in the strange and beautiful empires of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, religious and cultural differences found in one’s neighbors weren’t unusual, confusing or frightening—they were part of everyday life. In short: normal coexistence. In the class Egypt, Greece, Rome—we’ll explore the commonalities and shared experiences found among these three remarkable civilizations, as well as follow the cultural fault lines exploited by those in power which eventually forced these empires to dissolve. Together, we’ll explore three millennia of artefacts, objects, architecture, writings, as well as cultural and religious practice to see how these civilizations evolved, ran alongside one another, then overlapped and overcame one another to lay the foundations of modern western society. Through lecture, images, discussions, essays, and close readings, students will learn to identify, decode, understand and describe artworks and objects from the past, translating them from visual to verbal and textual language. In addition, in an effort to gain insight into the ancient state of mind, students will reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork of their own. No prerequisites.

The Medieval World

Course ID: AH204
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The Middle Ages were a time of knights and ladies... or maybe brutal Viking warlords... or a clash of civilizations between Christians and Muslims... and maybe there were dragons? A lot of what we “know” about the medieval world comes from fantasy, pop culture, and from old nationalist scholarship that mostly invented origin myths. So, how can we know what the Middle Ages were really like? In this class, we’ll go back and try to get a more accurate picture by looking at things medieval people made: manuscripts, sculptures, buildings, weapons, clothing, etc., all in tandem with reading primary sources by the people who were there. Starting with the collapse of the western Roman Empire, we will uncover a different picture of how two related cultures arose out of the wreckage of the ancient world: Christendom and Dar al-Islam. Along the way we’ll learn that the “barbarians” weren’t that barbaric, that some Vikings converted to Islam, that trade and cooperation across the Mediterranean were far more common than Crusades, and that the medieval world was more diverse, cosmopolitan, and queer than you may have been led to believe. No prerequisites.

Nature in Art: Japan, Korea, Tibet

Course ID: AH205
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Nature in Art explores the rich and varied traditions of artistic expression unique to the regions of Japan, Korea, and Tibet, from prehistoric indigenous practices through the mid-19th century. Looking closely at Japan, the Korean renaissance, and the coded art of Tibetan Buddhist culture, we will uncover the distinct artistic heritage found in each, noting particularly the sharing and transmission of art practices and ideas as they cross geographical and cultural boundaries. Working chronologically, this course will identify intersections of spirituality and nature, then examine artistic expressions of such concepts through lacquer, ceramic, ink, paper, stone, bamboo and ivory, among other media. Both two- and three-dimensional art forms are considered, from calligraphy, wood-block prints and landscape painting to festivals, garden design, poetry, and tea ceremonies. The objects and sites studied in this course will reflect how concepts of beauty and aesthetics are achieved through the practice of “harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.” The course is conducted as a hybrid seminar-lecture style course, with instructor led lectures and video, student presentations, research, writing, culinary experiences, as well as hands-on exploration of the traditional processes of historic art production in these regions. This class requires a visit to the USC Pacific Asia Museum to see art in person from each of the regions studied in this class. No prerequisites.

Illuminating Women: Female Artists, Scientists, Poets, Philosphers of the Renaisance

Course ID: AH206
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
People often wonder exactly when, throughout history, women first started to become active in society? Of course, the answer is: Always. Even though women’s efforts have been overshadowed by that of their male contemporaries in the chronicling of official histories, women have always participated in every facet of life, from rich to poor, north to south, east to west, and from the ancient period to the present. In this course, we will examine the lives and creative pursuits of the many women who contributed to the arts, sciences, and humanities throughout history, particularly focusing on artists & craftspersons, writers & poets, healers, pharmacists, natural philosophers, and rulers, with a few warriors included for good measure. Students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate short essays, and in an effort to gain insight into the state of mind of historical women, reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork placing themselves in the environment of a chosen historical female. Prerequisite: AH210, or one course from the Ancient Civilizations category. This course can be taken concurrently with one class from the Medieval Worlds in Motion category. 3 units.

Age of Michelangelo, 1450-1550

Course ID: AH207
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
“Force yourself to imitate Michelangelo in everything.” These were the words expressed by Michelangelo’s biographer to a remarkably self-aware generation of artists in 16th-century Florence, Rome, and Venice. However, whether rival artists wanted to, or even imagined they could succeed in imitating Michelangelo’s work is another question—one among many we’ll explore in The Age of Michelangelo, 1450-1550. In consultation with a range of visual, historical, and literary materials, we’ll delve into the spirit of the age, looking at drawing, painting, sculpture, furniture and garden design, food, weaponry, architecture, and urban planning, as well as people. We’ll tap into the players and personalities of the times—Leonardo, Giorgione, Raphael, Sofonisba Anguissola, Titian—as well as Isabella d’Este, the Della Rovere, and the Medici families who sought to shape their immediate world through power, imagination, and the artistry of their times. Students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate essays, and in an effort to gain insight into the Renaissance state of mind reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork of their own. Prerequisite: AH210, or one course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series). This course can be taken concurrently with Medieval Worlds in Motion category (AH200 series).

Wordly + Otherworldly Creatures

Course ID: AH305
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
For centuries, earthly creatures, charmed animals and otherworldly beings conjured by artisans, magicians, folklorists, natural philosophers, and physicians, have inspired both wonder and delight as well as revulsion, alarm, and terror in the hearts and minds of otherwise thinking persons. Considering beasts and beings of all sorts, both earthly and divine, this course seeks to investigate the origin stories of such creatures and inquire as to what motivations compel an individual or society to conjure such creatures. From the Classical World to Medieval Scandinavia, from the Americas to Slavic Europe, this course explores how art and monstrosity intersected in the cultural imagination to both delightful and devastating effect. In consultation with a range of visual and literary primary materials, including the Great Chain of Being, the Malleus Maleficarum (the Witches Hammer), and Della Porta’s How We May Produce New and Strange Monsters, students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate essays and create original artwork of their own in an effort to gain insight into earlier states of mind as well as open avenues into wholly new creations. All readings for the course will be in English, although international and graduate students may be asked to give additional reports on texts written in other languages.

History of Animation

Course ID: AH332
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The course examines the development of animation from its inception through present-day manifestations in television, films, and the Internet. Major animators and key works are analyzed and discussed. Required for Animation majors.

Los Tres Grandes: Mexican Muralist Movement

Course ID: AH404
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Los Tres Grandes explores the Mexican Muralist movement of the 1920s from its beginnings under the post-Mexican Revolution government to its present-day influence on Chicanx and Street artists. Utilizing a curricular framework centered on Los Tres Grandes (the big three), Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, our studies will then expand to include further influential figures such as Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo among others. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the material through visual (art) projects, a formal writing assignment, and participation in class discussions. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category

Traditional Arts of Western Africa

Course ID: AH405
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course examines a diverse array of art created by different ethnic groups in West Africa from pre-colonial through the 19th century and beyond. Through the lens of both spiritual and cultural traditions, we will consider a wide range of styles and materials, and ask how meaning is derived from objects and practices, keeping in mind particular challenges that emerge when studying art that is both permanent and impermanent. The significance of oral traditions will be studied, as well as the roles of ancestor spirits, mythical creatures, divination and initiation rites, and how music, dance, and masking function in establishing power, status, political, and social conventions. Objects created exclusively for performative and ritual uses, art in service to royalty, sculpture, utilitarian objects, architecture, performance, and the body as subject and site of adornment will form the core of our studies. Materials studied will include metal, wood, textiles, mud, ivory, beads, bone, dung, and blood/bodily fluids. While important, this class does not intend to cover present-day political crises, border disputes, or changing social constructs in West Africa. This course is conducted with instructor led lecture, film, guided reading and discussions, student presentations based on independent research, and other exploratory exercises. A visit to the UCLA Fowler Museum is required for this class. Students will experience textile creation and the development of personal symbolism in a hands-on project. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Modern Visualities: 19th-20th Century Photography in South and East Asia

Course ID: AH406
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will examine the relationship between visuality and technology as expressed by photographers of the 19th- and 20th-centuries. Materials and readings for the course will focus on the roles and development of photography primarily in India, Afghanistan, China, and Japan, and the alterations it engendered in the perception and depiction of the world. We will examine the use of photography in the service of journalism and news reporting, ethnographic studies and geographical awareness, science, propaganda, tourism, entertainment, and of course, art. Beginning with Western photographers’ images of a distant “Orient,” this course will conclude with the uses of photography in contemporary Asian art, looking particularly at themes of national and personal identities as well as commentary on traditions. Students are required to do class readings and engage actively in class discussion, complete two papers, submit one individual project related to the course apparatus, and make a final presentation. Projects deriving from other time periods or regions are welcome, for example, photography from Imperial Russia or the Ottoman Empire. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Exiles in L.A.: Art, Architecture, Film of Wartime Émigrés

Course ID: AH407
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Los Angeles, not known for being a bastion of either culture or liberalism during the early twentieth century, was—for a time—both a cradle of high-modernism and a refuge from the charnel house of European fascism. Icons such as poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht, Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno, noir filmmakers Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinski, novelists Thomas Mann and Aldous Huxley, and architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, many of whom had fled the Nazis, made their homes in Los Angeles. In this course, we will examine the lives and major works of the many refugees and exiles who transformed LA’s intellectual and aesthetic culture in the 1940s, as well as look closely at three critical aspects of their enduring legacy. First, the transnational exchange of aesthetic and intellectual history between Europe and the United States; Second, the effects of fascism on aesthetics and its implications; and Third, the degree to which the creative output of European émigrés provided survival strategies in the wake of such genocidal and illiberal ideologies. What, in other words, can we glean from Brecht’s poetry, from Adorno’s “reflections from damaged life,” from Fritz Lang’s deeply expressionistic noir films, from Huxley’s Brave New World? Through the consumption of text and images representing this history students will create a project utilizing this aesthetic and intellectual history of art (and artists) as a means of strategizing survival in today’s climate. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Living Through History: American Culture Wars

Course ID: AH408
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Since 1954 when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the people of the United States have been engaged in a series of “culture wars” concerned primarily with identity—particularly race and gender—and a grappling with its morally ambiguous past. This deep and alienating sense of polarization and clashing of identities—some voluntary and others forced upon us—has only intensified over the years, coming to an explosive climax in the chaotic and tragic years of 2020-21. Everything from the anti-mask movement and “cancel culture” to the fate of Confederate Statues and defunding the police falls under the rubric of a longstanding, and increasingly tribal culture war in the United States. In this course we will look at the broad historical context of the 1960s from which these battles emerged and trace them through the present. In doing so, we will pay close attention to the ways in which the expansion of rights, freedoms, and liberties for historically marginalized groups has elicited conservative reactions seeking to roll back those gains through an often sectarian vision of American culture and history. This course will focus on flashpoints or sites of contestation—Roe v. Wade, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the rise of “Alt-Right” groups such as the Proud Boys, recent controversies about “Big Tech” censorship, the fate of civil rights, Black Lives Matter protests, and the violent denouement of the Trump Administration. Students will produce written responses to the readings and also formulate a final project determining the role of art and the artist in meeting this particular historical moment. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Exhibition Design

Course ID: AH409
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to current theoretical and real-world applications of exhibition design operating today in museums, galleries, and contemporary art spaces, both real and virtual. Through weekly in-person exploration of cultural sites in and around Orange County and Los Angeles, students will observe and critique aesthetic and practical decisions made by professional curators and exhibition designers, with particular emphases on structural layout, cultural themes, the curation and arrangement of objects, and how artworks interact with one another in outdoor and indoor spaces. In doing so, students will sharpen their perceptive skills, strengthen their discourse specific to the fields of art production, curation, collecting, and museum studies, and pursue theoretical examples of design brought to life within the rich artistic landscape of Southern California. Students produce written journal entries, participate in discussions, produce directed reading responses to museum catalogues, articles, and other didactic material, as well as participate in oral presentations and collaborative hands-on projects. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

CG Modeling 1

Course ID: AN201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN215
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory-level course designed for students to develop or enhance their 3D modeling skills. Instruction will focus on the artistry needed to create compelling, "feature-length-quality" characters, while showing how to design and implement geometry best suited for rigging and animation. Students may focus on character or background geometry for their projects. Students will be introduced to new software tools and techniques based upon professional practices utilized by top studios in the industry.

Animation 1

Course ID: AN209
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151, FD157
Requirement: R
Course Description:
With instructor recommendation, students will have the option to create an animation reel from given assignments. Students will create a reel expressing their ideas in the form of 30-second animated pieces with animals or anthropomorphic characters. To further develop their pieces, students will use basic design and staging/layout principles, basic acting or pantomime performance, and character development. Students will be evaluated on their abilities to understand and demonstrate the essential 12 principles of animation and to execute their knowledge using learned animation techniques and basic story principles. Students will also be evaluated on their ability to evoke an intended response from the audience. Students are required to have their own set of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req - Fundamentals of Animation

Character Design for Animators 1

Course ID: AN215
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers an intense investigation of character design. The objective of this course is to design model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. Students begin with preliminary sketches and construction drawing, and continue to develop numerous rotation drawings (turnarounds) of facial expressions and a variety of action poses that are refined and which eventually lead to more finished drawings. A variety of styles are explored. Emphasis is on working from imagination and strengthening drawing skills.

Figure Drawing for Animators 1

Course ID: AN217
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and how to capture the essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media will be introduced.

Storyboarding 1

Course ID: AN218
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD155
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers how to effectively portray the essence of a story by means of quick and accurate sketches. Students learn to develop and create a sequential series of staged drawings (the visual script of each scene in a film). A brief overview of script writing is included. The scripts plot, situations, and conflict are developed from rough sketches to finished presentations. This course also examines staging, cinematography, drama, action notes, dialogue, pacing, timing, and sequencing the story's action.

Animal Drawing 1

Course ID: AN220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course emphasizes 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students will strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy will empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills. A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location.

Introduction to Flash Animation

Course ID: AN225
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD157
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course explores the use of Adobe Flash for creating short animated films. Emphasis is on applying the Twelve Principles of Animation to a more limited medium, creating appealing characters and economy of design.

CG Animation 1

Course ID: AN250
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD158, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces the student to Alias's industry-leading Maya software. This course is designed for students interested in computer-generated character animation for film, TV, and the gaming industry. This introductory course covers inverse kinematics (movement of arms and legs), 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and basic rendering. Students produce a short animation using a character developed early in the semester. Each student will provide their own external hard drive.

CG Animation 2

Course ID: AN301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN250
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course offers continued study with Maya. Areas of study include modeling tools, 3D morphing, and intermediate animation techniques. In addition, compositing, hierarchical motion and targeting, camera tracking, lighting, rendering, shading techniques, and surface textures will be covered. Students learn to import and export animation routines/cycles and apply them to 3D character models.

Digital Skills

Course ID: AN302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The Digital Skills course will focus on modern 2D limited animation techniques. Students will learn strategies for constructing and animating 2D digital puppets, use of libraries and other strategies to improve efficiency in a digital 2D pipeline. Students will also be introduced to hybrid techniques which combine digital drawing and keyframing into a single seamless approach to save production time and maximize animation output. Students will also learn how to output from vector animation software and process scenes in digital compositing software as a post-production process before editing. Compositing skills including 3D coordinate space, 2D particle tools, video filters, virtual lighting and virtual camera motion will be introduced. Students will work as a team to create an original limited animation short film using 2D vector animation and compositing software. This course can be taken in place of CG Animation 2. Students must be of Sophomore standing and have successfully completed FD 125 Fundamentals of Animation.

Animation 2

Course ID: AN309
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN209, AN302
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Animation 1. Following similar criteria, students will continue expanding their knowledge of the 12 principles of animation: with emphasis on leading action and overlap. By employing the basics of acting and observing how to portray emotion with their characters, students will explore animating different character types and personalities in various ways. Students may take part in selected assignments or create their own 30-second short film. Students are required to have their own sets of industry tools (for example, an animation light table, animation disk, punched animation paper, and pencils). Pre-req: Animation 1

Layout

Course ID: AN310
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, AN209
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course students will learn the role of layout in the filmmaking process, with an emphasis on feature films. The course will cover the basics of film cinematography, planning camera mechanics, how to plan and use creative perspective, lighting, and visual storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to plan and create a layout workbook, and to develop a series of key layouts during the semester. The emphasis will be on creative solutions for staging and designing the worlds that animated characters inhabit. The principles taught can be applied to traditional animation, 3D animation, or games. Recommended texts: The Five Cs of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli and Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steven D. Katz. Bring a 9 x 12 sketchbook and a set of cool grey Prism color markers to the first day of class.

Background Painting

Course ID: AN311
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN302, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Background Painting teaches students to take their drawn environments and background layouts to full color. The course emphasizes the skills and tools needed to emulate traditional painting techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

Visual Development for Animators 1

Course ID: AN313
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course is designed to push the student's ability to give vision to a concept and to visually convey emotional story beats. Emphasis is placed on visual communication with the use of value, design, color, and composition. Artistic growth is encouraged through a series of critiques and demonstrations.

Character Design 2

Course ID: AN316
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN215
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Character Design I. Students create and construct model sheets of unique and imaginative animated characters. The focus is on design uniformity, composition, and effective use of color. Personal style and interpretation are developed. Craft and rendering techniques are perfected while students strive to execute quality portfolio pieces.

Figure Drawing for Animators 2

Course ID: AN317
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN217
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a figure drawing course for animators that focuses on gesture and capturing essentials of movement, dynamic expression, and the individual model's attitude. A variety of drawing media are introduced.

Storyboarding 2

Course ID: AN318
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A comprehensive exploration of digital storyboarding using previous and current storyboards and keyframes. The student is introduced to camera moves, timing, sound, and titles to create their own animatic. The programs utilized for the course are Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Animal Drawing 2

Course ID: AN320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN220
Requirement: E
Course Description:
A variety of domestic and zoo animals will be studied and drawn in the studio and on location. Emphasis is on 3-dimensional form analysis: proportion, scale, foreshortening, and weight. Using an economy of line and value, students strive to capture emotion and expression of animal forms by depicting gesture, manner, attitude, and rhythm. Comparative studies of animal and human anatomy empower students with strong, imaginative drawing skills.

Directing for Animators

Course ID: AN325
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN218, AN309, AN310
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to finalize a short film idea that will be executed in the senior year. This course will provide experience in the process of choosing a short-film idea and developing it into a story that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. Students learn storytelling and filmmaking techniques and explore several ideas before choosing a final film. Students in this class will be evaluated on their scripts, designs and animatics with sound.

Figure Drawing for Animators 3

Course ID: AN357
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN317
Requirement: E
Course Description:
These courses emphasize basic principles of drawing with an emphasis on the human figure _‹Ó both costumed and nude. They begin by stressing the importance of shape while also focusing on maintaining structural integrity as far as anatomy, pushing direction and angles to attain dynamics, conveying form and designing the figure on the page for compositional purposes. All drawings will be done on a laptop computer.

Traditional Animation Master Class

Course ID: AN402
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The purpose of this 12-week Summer Master Class is to fully immerse the students in the process of making a traditional hand-drawn animated film, from ground zero to full color and sound. As animation is a collaborative medium, this class stresses how a crew can and should work together to produce quality results, exactly as it would take place in the real world at a big-time animation studio like Disney. Students will be introduced to some new-to-college techniques, like story beats, _workbook turnover,Ó and constructing and updating a story reel, as and when various stages of animation are completed. Decisions, artistically and creatively, as well as those involved in assigning students to different parts of the pipeline, will be arrived at communally, by the students themselves. By the time the 12 weeks are over, LCAD will have a new short film to enter in festivals, and every student involved will have had first-hand, real-world experience in animation film making that will serve them well as they enter the professional field upon graduation.

Animation Practicum

Course ID: AN404
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: AN419
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course will serve as a practical experience for students to work on an assigned project with a studio-client perspective. Students work as a group to develop deliverables according to the requirements of a client-driven project. Students will have to meet deadlines, work as a team and interact with clients as needed. The instructor fulfills the role of project lead. Students with department-approved studio-based internships may substitute their external internship for the AN 404 requirement. Prerequisite: AN419

Animation 3

Course ID: AN409
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN309
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced animation course explores acting, emotion, personality, storytelling, and gags with complex characters and advanced principles and techniques such as secondary action, breaking joints, and blurs. Students are introduced to the exposure sheet in relation to dialogue and discover new methods of animating such as Straight Ahead versus Pose to Pose. Students are highly encouraged to participate in ACME on-line and on-air broadcasts.

Animation 3 - Stop Motion

Course ID: AN410
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN309
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Students will be instructed in the advanced skills in full, stop-motion character animation, including the cornerstones of successful character animation: performance, timing, staging, clarity and communication, as well as the physics of animation: weight, inertia, gravity and balance. These and other important principles of animation will be introduced and stressed through short lectures and demonstrations followed by in class discussion, exercises and home assignments designed to help the students fully understand and integrate these principles into their own work. There will also be lessons in character development, acting and communication using film analysis, (both animation and live action), class discussion and one on one interaction between students and instructor as needed.

Visual Development 2

Course ID: AN413
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN313
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An advanced course designed to push the student's ability to give vision to a concept and visually convey emotional story beats. Emphasis is placed on visual communication through use of value, design, color, and composition. Artistic growth is encouraged through series of critiques and demonstrations.

Thesis Film 1

Course ID: AN418
Course Credits: 6
Pre-Requisite: AN325, AN409
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course requires production of a completed, short, animated film by the end of the year. Students will be guided through the film process and will develop their own short animated pieces from concept to completion. This course will see the process of choosing an idea that works and developing a story that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. During their first semester, students will be evaluated on scripts, designs, and animatics with sound. Students will learn exciting new filmmaking techniques along with industry standard production skills to keep them on schedule. Pre-req: Advancement Review

Thesis Film 2

Course ID: AN419
Course Credits: 6
Pre-Requisite: AN418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Senior Project Film and is taken during the semester prior to graduation. Students are required to execute and complete their final goals reflecting an advanced level of craft and technique. The end of the semester will include a final pitch of students work to LCAD animation faculty and students and an exhibit in the senior show. Students are also required to prepare personalized promotional materials for entrance into the industry. Pre-req: Thesis Film 1

Thesis Film 3

Course ID: AN420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN419
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is taken in the last senior semester and teaches the techniques necessary to bring a film to final color and sound in traditional (hand-drawn) or CG animation. Principles for traditional films include clean-up animation, digital ink and paint. CG principles include lighting, rendering and compositing. All students will complete soundtracks for their films with Foley, sound design and final mixing. Finished films will be encoded to theatrical DCP (Digital Cinema Package) standards and each class member will prepare the necessary publicity materials for submission to online festival platforms. Pre-req: Thesis Film 2

Animation 4

Course ID: AN459
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AN409
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Students will develop an advanced animation reel with assignments provided by their instructor and the ACME network. Students have the option to complete a final 30-second short film with emphasis on character performance for their animation reel. This course can also be substituted for 3D Computer Animation 2.

Fundamentals of Drawing + Perspective

Course ID: FD150
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introduction to drawing, covering the basic technical skills and materials necessary to create convincing representations of simple or complex still-life forms with an emphasis on applied perspective. Students are introduced to composition and the concepts of creating volume and space utilizing lines as measurement, construction drawing, value and linear perspective systems. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Course ID: FD151
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. Students work from the draped and undraped model. Emphasis is on accurate representation of the figure utilizing observation with the elements of gesture, measurement, construction line, volume, proportion, and surface anatomy. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Story

Course ID: FD155
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an exploration in story structure and the incorporation of classic storytelling techniques/archetypes in the medium of film.

Fundamentals of Animation

Course ID: FD157
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This introductory course covers the principles of full animation technique, dimensional constructive drawing techniques as well as the analysis of action and movement in the natural world. Students explore these concepts through exercises which isolate the core principles being taught. Additional topics include acting and characterization, a brief history of animation and an introduction to the animation industry as it exists today.

Fundamentals of Maya

Course ID: FD158
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the complex interface of Maya, one of the leading software programs in animation and graphic design industries. Students will learn how to navigate Maya's interface exploring basic modeling, rigging, lighting, texture, and camera set-up.

First-Year Seminar

Course ID: LA100
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course will examine diverse ways of optimizing students experience in college. Different aspects of the student and human experience will be covered, acclimating students to and improving the nature of the learning community. Guest experts will visit to discuss specialized aspects of the course content, and several classes will be devoted to putting the lessons into active practice via “lab” sessions.

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