The showcase begins with the work completed by our freshman and sophomore students in their Introduction to Animation and Advanced Animation classes in which students learn to use Toon Boom Harmony and the 12 Principles of Animation. After taking these two courses, students have the ability to create hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation and rig and keyframe two-dimensional characters.
Pre-production I and Pre-production II cover character design, layouts, storyboards…putting together all the necessary pieces that must be completed before production begins. Students master the basics of Photoshop.
Motion Graphics introduces students to Adobe After Effects; in this class, animation students learn compositing, motion tracking, animating text, 2D character rigging and animation and working with 3D layers and lights. They also have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other programs of study, like graphic design and digital filmmaking. Finally, in Post-Production, students learn to polish their finished animation by recording and editing sound, adding color correction and grading and motion design titles and credits. The class also works on a long-form client project, giving our second-year students the vital opportunity to experience the demands of working as professional animators.
Assistant Professor of Animation