Advanced Animation - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Warm-up Exercises (30%) , Assignment 2 - Pre-production Document (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides students with an opportunity to further their skills and conceptual approach in relation to the animation of 2D/3D or motion graphics works. Particularly, it encourages students to explore established conventions, visual styles, animation technique, audio design, narrative structures and screen language in their own works.  It is a project-based study unit that places equal importance on both conceptual development and skills acquisition. The unit allows students to build on their understanding of the different mediums in terms of their possibilities and limitation through exploration and experimentation. This is a third year unit and students are expected to research tutorials/software/techniques to enable realisation of their particular, unique project.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse a wide range of past and current animated and time-based works
  2. understand the dynamic relationship between space and time, audio and visual in time-based mediums
  3. apply a wide ranging set of skills in media and project management in animation production
  4. acquire a significant level of skill and conceptual development in project-based works
  5. create an animated or motion graphics work.
  • Assignment 1 — Warm-up Exercises (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Pre-production Document (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Final Animation (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Audio/Visual equipment — Computer capable of running project-relevant animation software
  • Other special requirement — Relevant Animation Software (eg. Adobe Creative Cloud, Maya, zBrush etc)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Fundamentals of animation revisited
2Project Initialisation: Conceptualisation, Research & Visual Exploration
3Pre-Production: Storyboard, Visual/Animation Tests & Communication Techniques
4Production Phases: Animation Implementation, Audio Design
5Project Workshopping

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings
  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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