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Visual Effects in Animation (MG AE 03)

Course Category: 

Version 1: 47 hours (17 weeks). Version 2: 65 hours (23 weeks). 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: September 2014 – August 2022. Version 2: September 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: conduct proper rotoscoping; utilize After Effects; create 2D and 3D animation; understand the fundamental of texturing and lighting; and utilize Cinema 4D Lite.


Version 1 and 2: 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: Techniques and tools for creating visual effects and smooth footage,  Rotoscoping, 2D and 3D Animation, Ray Tracing, Lighting, Shadows, Texture, Cameras and the basics of Cinema 4D Lite, estimating pricing for projects and client interaction. Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, students must have completed the following Design Alive courses or their equivalent based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Drawing), Video Editing (MG AP 01), Fundamentals and Principles of Animation (MG AE 01) and Advanced Animation (MG AE 02).

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Art, Animation, Media Design, or Multimedia (6/15) (6/17 administrative review). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Art, Animation, Media Design, or Multimedia (9/22 revalidation).