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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Fundamentals and Principles of Animation (MG AE 01)

Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

September 2014 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will: differentiate tools by their function in the Adobe After Effects software; adjust duration of a layer or comp; animate any shape, object or asset following principles of animation; animate, morph, and apply text created in After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator; create original Motion Designs from Illustrator artwork; apply and adjust animation presets; view presets using Adobe Bridge; create Kinetic Typography; understand shapes, colors, and typography; create and customize shapes, fill and stroke; use path operations to transform shapes; work with masks; use the repeater; understand and control keyframes; and apply a track matte to control the visibility of layers.


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include:  The principles of animation, understanding shapes color and typography, Differentiating tools by their function and applying presets in Adobe After Effects, Animating and morphing shapes, objects, assets and text, creating Kinetic Typography, creating and transforming custom shapes, fill and strokes. Using the repeater, keyframes and controlling layers. Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, students must have completed the following Design Alive courses or their equivalents based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Drawing), Video Editing (MG AP 01).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Art, Animation, Media Design, or Multimedia (6/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation).