Syllabus - Spring 2012 - ARTC 3120 - Bowling Green State University

ARTC 3120:



Adv. Digital Character Animation I
Atia Quadri
Tue-Thu 10:30 - 12:50 pm

244 Wolfe Center

Office Hrs:

204A Fine Arts
MW 4:00 - 5:30 PM

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Reading Materials

Recommended (but do NOT feel compelled to buy!): 

The Animator's Survival Kit, Richard Williams $22.29
Mastering Autodesk Maya 2012, Tod Palamar, Eric KellerFilm Directing Shot by Shot, Steven D. Katz $17.70
Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Jennifer Van Sijl $16.30
The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques by Joseph V Mascelli


Digital storage:
Firewire External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC) 320-500GB, 4-16 GB Flash Drive and DVD-R/DVD+R disks. You will be expected to back up your data a minimum of once a week.

  • Sketchbooks minimum size 8.5" x 11" with appropriate drawing supplies to be discussed in class
  • Post-it Notes
  • Objective

    The course is an introduction to the principles of animation and timing using Maya and After Effects. It involves a detailed introduction to animation tools as well as the conceptual development of cinematographic aesthetics. Students will also be expected to explore elements of story-telling and production.

    Critical Grading Elements

    Written papers                      20%
    Class exercises                   20%
    Midterm                                 25%
    Final                                        25%
    Participation/Attendance    10%


    Each student is expected to complete all projects and exercises by the due dates. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class.
    By the end of the semester, students will finish the class with at least one non-character animation that will attempt to display basic proficiency in aesthetics, timing and use of software.

    Work lost because of computer/software crashes or failure to back up files, will be counted as a zero. Learn to save frequently, and back-up and maintain multiple copies of work constantly distributed across different storage media (not including the digital arts server). These are important habits to develop for your career. No excuses for lost work.

    Homework should be posted on the blog or in the homework folder an hour before each class or it will be considered to be a late submission.
    This syllabus is subject to change during the course and the instructor will notify students of any changes.


    Attendance is mandatory. We will be covering a variety of materials throughout the semester, building upon each lecture. If missed, lectures will not be repeated. If you do have an excused absence, it is your responsibility meet with a classmate or make an appointment with me to get the information.

    1 absences = no penalty
    2 absences = overall final grade lowered 1/2 letter grade
    3 absences = overall final grade lowered 1 letter grades
    4 absences = fail the course; dropping the course strongly recommended.

    Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.

    90 - 100
    89 - 80
    79 - 70
    69 - 60
    59 - 0
    A = Excellent - Above and beyond, artistically AND technically
    B = Very Good - Beyond requirements, artistically OR technically
    C = Average - Met the basic requirements
    D = Did not meet requirements
    F = Project not turned in or completely insufficient
    Digital Arts Department Rules
    • No food or drink in the lab.
    • No cell phones, or beepers on during class. ALWAYS remember to turn off your cellphone before class.
    • No sleeping during class.
    • Hardware: No student is permitted to disconnect, reconnect, or reconfigure any workstation without the permission of a digital arts instructor. Any problems with hardware or software must be reported to a digital arts professor, preferably by email. Report should include Barcode number of the workstation and exact nature of problem.
    Student Projects
    Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the ART department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used by the ART department for instructional purposes in future courses. Please inform the instructor if you do not want your projects used.
    Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).