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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 16, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

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Animation

  
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    CDAN200 Animation 1 3 cr.


    An introduction to the fundamental principles of expression through movement in time, sequential composition, editing, and integration of image sequences and sound. A series of short projects will apply basic animation principles. Presentations and projects involve simple phenomena of cycles, transformations, transitions, sequential structure and the expression of emotional and kinetic states. The use of digital still and video cameras is introduced, as well as sound integration, editing and story structure using current digital software combined with traditional techniques.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN202 Drawing for Animators 3 cr.


    Drawing for Animators will build drawn animation skills through in-class exercises and related assignments. Students will animate all their work on paper using a variety of dry and wet media. They will gain knowledge of the physics of motion, squash and stretch, time-based blurring, perspective in motion, kinesthesia, and the use of light and shadow. Observational skills will be enhanced by using a live model, and by analyzing live-action footage and exemplary animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN202, MPFV214 or consent of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN203 The Digital Toolbox 3 cr.


    This course serves as an introduction to various alternative animation techniques, with emphasis on how an individual animation artist might innovate ways to integrate continually emerging digital tools into his or her work. Software applications such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Flash, Illustrator and After Effects are introduced and incorporated into assignments that include “old-school” animation devices and techniques such as Zoetropes, flipbooks, rotoscoping and multi-plane shooting. Additionally, Mini-DV, and digital still cameras, along with digital audio recorders are introduced. A semester-long, image-based digital animation will be produced, along with numerous shorter assignments. There will be portions of class time made available for workshop.

    Prerequisites: ANIMATION MAJORS ONLY or by permission of instructor.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN207 Toolbox II 3 cr.


    This course will explore how concepts and creative project solutions can be further articulated through an expanded use of digital software and media. Toolbox Two will build on principles and techniques introduced in Digital Toolbox. Students will work on project-based assignments that require use of both 2D and 3D software. Through screened examples, workshops, visiting lecturers, critiques, and trial and error, participants will gain familiarity with problem-solving strategies and inventive use of digital resources in animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN203

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    CDAN212 Design for Animators I 3cr.


    An introductory exploration to the application of a range of fine art materials with a focus on
    water-based media.  Through demonstrations, in-class exercises and comparative assignments,
    students build technical skills and increase knowledge of color, form, space, light and
    composition in applied problems.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN215 Stop Motion Animation I 3cr.


    Stop-motion animation covers a vast array of techniques, skills and history.
    We will discover underlying common principles through screenings, demonstrations and exercises.
    Since students don’t have access to the 300 person, three year production schedule that a
    stop-motion feature requires, we will learn effective strategies to make more with less. Most
    assignments will require students to isolate production elements and explore multiple paths to
    solutions. Emphasis here will not be on product, but on process. Therefore it will be expected
    that various paths may reveal failed strategies. The point will be to gain broad experience
    rapidly. It is expected that students will learn skills needed to produce expressive and engaging
    stop-motion animated pieces.

    Prerequisites: CDAN301 or Permission of Instructor

    Departmental Requirement
    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN217 Life Drawing 3cr.


    The study of the human figure emphasizing observational response to movement, form, light
    and shadow, expression, and concepts of pictorial space.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN218 Figurative Clay Construction 3cr


    Working in clay, students are introduced to the basic forms of the human body and clay
    application as a foundation to begin sculpting the figure. Form relationships, gesture,
    movement, human proportions as well as relevant anatomy are discussed and explored as we sculpt
    from a live model. Students finish class with two complete pieces ready for kiln firing as well as
    a deeper ability to visualize the human body in three dimensions and the foundations for
    translating that skill into sculpture, drawing or animation.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall & Spring
  
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    CDAN300 Character Animation 3 cr.


    A study of the use and dynamics of the character in animation. Through screenings, guest lecturers, workshops, critiques, design, performance and animation exercises, students will explore the fundamentals of character animation. Course emphasis is on 2D formats, although there may be some 3D content mixed in.

    Prerequisites: CDAN200 & CDAN203, or permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN301 Animation II 3 cr.


    Animation II will introduce students to various mixed media approaches to animation design. Students will learn strategies enabling them to complete several short animated films within a single semester. They will be instructed in numerous elements necessary to create an independently authored animated film, including the concept of unity, advanced camera techniques, and the language of the cinema. Further emphasis will be placed on experimentation, auteurism, and expressionistic use of materials. There will be regular screenings of exemplary animation and regular classroom critiques.

    Prerequisites: CDAN202, MPFV214 or Drawing for Animators

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN302 Animation III 3 cr.


    Animation III is a course that focuses on various narrative forms for animated short films. A wide range of exercises are employed to address issues of both content and form, such as: creating an animated film by utilizing documentary audio or found sound, interpreting an existing work of poetry, adapting a news article, and translating a theatrical script into a visual storyboard. Students are expected to work both individually and collaboratively.

    Prerequisites: CDAN301

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN303 Sound Design for Animators 3 cr.


    Soundtracks for motion pictures are possibly the least noticed element, yet provide the strongest cues to the viewers’ emotional response. This course will enhance the student’s understanding of the power of sound as well as providing the vocabulary to make meaningful aural decisions. Students will create audio pieces that stand alone and later synchronize them with animation.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN306 Toolbox III 3 cr.


    Continued study of the digital realm in animation. Primary focus is on 3D computer animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN 207 - Toolbox Two

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN309 Optical Printing 3cr


    Students learn how to shape the space, time and
    light of the motion picture image on one of the
    most versatile of film devices, the optical
    printer. The optical printer consists of a
    camera, a projector head and a light source on
    which you rephotograph already developed film to
    extract and explore the hidden potentialities of
    the image. Students quickly gain hands on
    experience with the printer through numerous
    demonstrations and exercises. Screenings of  key
    works will illustrate a myriad of techniques.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    CDAN392 AN Course Assistantship


  
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    CDAN398 AN Internship


  
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    CDAN399 AN Independent Study 3 cr.


    Critique
  
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    CDAN400 Degree Project I 3 cr.


    The first of two semesters involving investigation and articulation through animation of a topic of personal interest for each student. This course involves extensive scholarly research and experimentation including short trials runs of techniques and strategies. All these are used on the path towards completion of a comprehensive film or set of films. At the close of the first semester, students will have defined their intentions through a completed animatic essay on purpose and intent, design studies, trial shorts, and a minimum of one minute of completed footage representative of their final product.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN401 Animation Portfolio 3 cr.


    Animation Portfolio provides a concentrated opportunity for graduating seniors to develop content and practices directed towards their professional goals in the field of animation. Through a series of projects, lectures and workshops, students develop professional standards and produce a finished portfolio and show reel.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN402 Degree Project II 3 cr.


    The second of two semesters involving investigation and articulation through animation of a topic of personal interest for each student. Students complete all phases of production and promotion of their chosen project.

    Prerequisites: CDAN400

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN403 Animation IV 3 cr.


    Animation IV is an advanced-level production course in which students produce one high-end, purpose-driven animation. Emphasis is placed on clear communication of ideas, which is challenged through intensive group critique of every phase of the process: from script to storyboard to animatic to finished animation. Complete musical score and sound design is coordinated via a semester-long collaboration with students from Berklee College of Music. Additionally, students will complete three, ten-second “style emulations”. which closely examine the work of independent animators.

    Prerequisites: CDAN302

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
 


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