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      2D Animation Course List

      The courses in the Certificate in 2D Animation are designed to provide you with the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to challenge you while providing you with industry relevant skills as you learn via multiple interactive methods including text, video, animation, chat and more.

      Total Credit Hours - 42

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      Students are required to take 14 core courses as follows:

      C220 - Intermediate 2D Animation

      An introduction to the development of personality and emotion in animated characters is explored. Students will produce an animation of a character expressing emotions and also will work with multiple characters to increase the level of complexity.

      Prerequisite(s):
      C210 or GAD132
      Credits: 3
      C230 - Advanced 2D Animation

      In this course, building on the study of personality and emotion in character animation, students are responsible for organizing the elements required to finish an animated short.

      Prerequisite(s): C220
      Credits: 3
      C440 - Portfolio for 2D Animation

      This course will focus on the refinement of previous work into a comprehensive collection representative of Character Animation skills. Emphasis will be on development, design, craftsmanship and presentation. This course begins the process of examining the student’s strengths and building upon them to produce a marketable portfolio.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Successfully completed 36 credits in the 2D Animation Certificate Program
      Credits: 3
      FNDA110 - Observational Drawing

      This course involves the observation and translation of three-dimensional form into two-dimensional drawings. Starting with simple shapes and progressing to more complex organic forms, students will build skill levels in composition, line quality, through the use of tone light and shadow.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      FNDA135 - Image Manipulation

      In this introduction to raster-based digital image manipulation, students become acquainted with the concepts, hardware, and software, related to digital image acquisition, image editing, manipulation, color management basics, masking, layering, retouching, scanning and output.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      MAAA101 - Language of Animation & Film

      Students explore fundamentals of animation through a historical survey. This course will consider trends and genres of animated film in a variety of media.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      MAAA102 - Life Drawing & Gesture

      In this introductory course on drawing the human figure, students will continue developing their drawing skills. Course will focus on an interpretation of the human body, based on major masses organized by gestural line. Line of action, gesture, motion, measurement, and foreshortening will be covered in this course.

      Prerequisite(s): FNDA110
      Credits: 3
      MAAA111 - Animation Principles

      Students will explore and implement the principles of animation through projects that emphasize analyzing real-world movement, adapting that movement for the animation medium, and creating the illusion of life.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA102
      Credits: 3
      MAAA122 - Drawing & Anatomy

      Students will continue to develop drawing skills and will focus on basic anatomical structures of human and animal forms.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA102
      Credits: 3
      MAAA202 - Character & Object Design

      This course focuses on designing and drawing characters or objects for animation using line to accurately delineate the form. Attention is given to appropriate proportion and form for an animated character or object. Characters and objects are created using various media.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA102
      Credits: 3
      MAAA204 - Acting & Movement for Animators

      The course is an introduction of acting as a tool of research through studies of animated movement. Characters' personality, expression, motivation, body language, and posture will be studied through classroom exercises in a variety of media.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA111
      Credits: 3
      MAAA212 - 2D Animation

      Students will apply animation principles to produce a sequence. Emphasis will be placed on timing and performance. Use of various image acquisition techniques, pencil tests, inking, and other 2D animation skills will be explored.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA111
      Credits: 3
      MAAA222 - Storyboarding & Animatics

      This course focuses on applying industry-standard storyboarding techniques for animation. Topics to be covered include the various purposes, formats, terminology, and concepts used in the creation of storyboards and animatics with audio.

      Prerequisite(s): MAAA203
      Credits: 3
      MAAA363 - Advanced Illustration for Production

      Students will refine their illustration techniques through an advanced study of illustration media while solving design problems related to a variety of print and online venues. Personal style will be emphasized while students create an illustration portfolio using appropriate rendering techniques as well as typography. Deadlines and professional presentation will be stressed throughout the course.

      Prerequisite(s): FNDA135
      Credits: 3
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