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DIGM12-200: Animation and Prototyping January 2020 [Standard]

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Animation and Prototyping introduces students to the fundamentals of 3D modelling, texturing, rendering and applied principles of animation to create digital prototypes. Students will learn the steps to communicate their ideas through traditional and cutting edge visualization pipelines including images, video, 3D printing, and emerging technologies. Students will apply their knowledge using industry standard digital creation tools including, Autodesk, Adobe Creative Suite and Unity to produce their own prototypes and present their creative ideas.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design: Interactive Media & Design
Subject code:DIGM12-200
Subject title:Animation and Prototyping
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the fundamental concepts, terms and theories as they apply to the modelling and animation of prototypes.
  2. Apply modelling, material mapping and lighting techniques in the practical construction of prototypes.
  3. Construct animated prototypes using principles of animation.
  4. Consolidate theoretical and conceptual prototype and animation techniques to produce a project based outcome.
  5. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with others to affect positive outcomes.
  6. Communicate effectively using oral, written and multimodal visualisation techniques.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Creative Project § Assignment 1: Digitally reconstruct an existing structure or prototype from the real world using photographic image reference. 50% Week 7 1, 2, 5, 6.
Oral Pitch § Creatively pitch your concept prototype using 3d communication tools. 20% Week 12 4, 5, 6.
Creative Project § Assignment 2: Design and develop a new creative concept prototype using modelling and animation theory. 30% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

Learn the fundamental terminology behind 3D communication through theory and practical hands-on introduction to emerging technologies including 3D printing, 3D scanning and virtual/augmented reality.

Explore 3D design thinking and prototyping with fundamental techniques used in polygonal mesh modelling.

Students will learn the fundamentals of curves and splines and how this translates to extrusion modelling and 3D NURBS techniques for prototyping curved surfaces.

Design and communicate digital materials including the colour, physics and function through practical hands on learning and the theory behind graphic shaders.

Learn techniques from the computer graphics industry to apply textures and mapping techniques to improve prototype fidelity and overall visual appeal.

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of virtual cameras, lights and global illumination to render photo realistic images for prototype communication.

Students will work with their peers and tutor to render complete images for assessment submission.

Explore the historical use of animation and fundamentals of squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, straight ahead, overlapping action, slow in & out and arcs. Students learn to apply these principles using digital creation tools.

Learn to prepare a model rig for animation cycles including bones, joints, paint weighting and inverse kinematics.

Learn to combine rendered image shots using After Effects to develop a video sequence.

Students are required to develop with their peers and lecturer a prototype and animation sequence.

Approved on: Jan 8, 2020. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Jan 8, 2020.