Syllabus: CSC 186: 2D Animation

Fundamentals in 2D animation and motion design using traditional and computer assisted techniques. Survey and history of animation and motion.

Prerequisite: None

Course Instructor: Derek Dallas
Office Number: B116C
Office Hours: Here
I will hold live video chat office hours using Google+ hangouts. My Gmail address for this is You will need to create your own Gmail account so that we can have video chats. Please contact me to schedule a time to chat. Please use a mobile device with a camera or a USB webcam so that we may communicate using this method.

Office Telephone Number: (217)353-2087

Class times: This is a hybrid course we meet once a week on Wednesday 9- 11:20 in room D207.
Class Location: D207

Course Text Book: There is no text book for this class. All materials will be coverd in lecture or lab.

Required Software:
If you need to work off campus to complete coursework, it is your responsibility to obtain software that is used for the class or plan to use campus labs.

Software to purchase if working off-campus:
Adobe CC suite (Creative Cloud) Dreamweaver CC is the most current version available. You may use other programs and versions if you are working on projects off campus.

Required Hardware:
You will need access to a Digital Camera and a sturdy tripod.

Credit or concurrent enrollment in CSC 179 Digital Media Foundations

Is used to organize course materials for the class. You will use it daily for most courses at Parkland. For more information about COBRA LEARNING follow this link:

2D Animation Class Web Page: This link will direct you to the course web page. There you will have access to the class schedule, syllabus, video blog and additional resources you will find helpful.

Class Blog Page:
There is a videoblog that contains links to most of the videos screened in class. .

Format and Expectations:
This class is based on a format of lecture, video screenings, discussions, studio, and critique. It is expected that additional time, on a weekly basis, will be spent on your assignments and projects. It is also expected that students read, review, and practice topic material according to the class schedule for each session before coming to class. It is important that the group functions as a class, learning from each other as well as the instructor. Therefore, everyone should be working on the same assignments at the same time. Understanding that there might be technical expertise differences, it is expected that more experienced students will be willing to help beginning students with course material. Conversely, more experienced users should elicit creative evaluations from beginning students during their working process. Also, It is expected that during class time you are participating in the class and not engaged in alternative activities such as, playing video games, surfing the web, working on other projects for other classes (even if the instructor is the same for both classes), answering emails, or any other activity that is contrary to the material being discussed. If you are engaged in any activity other than the current material for the class you will be asked to leave.

Course work will consist of large-scale project assignments, small-scale studies and tutorials, quizzes, and a final exam. The final grade will also reflect the student's class attendance (see below) and participation.

Projects: 50%

Quizzes and Exam:25%

Studies: 15%

Attendance: 10%

90 - 100% will receive A
80 – 89% will receive B
70 – 79% will receive C
60 – 69% will receive D
0 - 59% will receive F
The instructor reserves the right to lower these criterion, but will never raise them.

Students have the option of continuing to work on and improve each project after the assigned due date and class critique for (possibly) a better grade. Grades for re-worked projects will be no more than one full letter grade higher than the original project grade at the assigned due date (re-worked project grades will never drop in grade). All re-worked projects are due at the end of the semester up to the start time of the final exam during finals week. Re-worked projects must be named differently than the original project (e.g. original project named, re-worked project named,) and deposited in the same assigned project directory within the "Rework" folder. Lastly, students are required to send the instructor a short email notifying the reworked project has been completed.

4 Large-scale studio projects will be regularly assigned to develop the craft of animation techniques in the course material. Such studio projects form the basis of the student's portfolio work in 2D animated imagery. Given this importance, studio projects will be graded on the use of :
Effective design principles,
Expressive creativity,
Thoughtful concept,
Well-executed craftsmanship,
Demonstration of topics learned
Adherence to project objectives and guidelines.

Projects are due on the assigned project due date and will be class critiqued on the due date.

Project imagery must be complete and stored in the designated location on the due date before class critique begins. Students will not be allowed to complete projects during class critique. Projects not completed by the due date before class critique begins will receive an F for the project grade.

Make up Policy: All studies and projects are due on the date assigned. You will not be allowed to turn in any project or study after the deadline. The only possible exception would be if the student notifies the instructor before the deadline and the instructor agrees to accept the project or study late.

Multiple small-scale studies and tutorials, typically one per class period, will be given as homework assignments, both within class and outside class time, to introduce and develop the student's understanding and proficiency of techniques and skills. Studies will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. No credit will be given on exercises or tutorials for students absent from class. Since unforeseen circumstances may arise preventing a student from attending class, one "no-credit" study will be dropped from the final grade determination. All studies are due on the assigned due date. No credit will be given for work not completed by the assigned due date.

Lecture content will be provided as a power point presentation. In addition some lectures may also have video content associated with them.

This course screens a wide variety of animated films. You will be required to be familiar with the creator of the film and its significance to 2D animation. It is expected that you will find the film utilizing today's resources such as Youtube, Vimeo, public libraries, video stores, or what other means needed to obtain the film.

Quizzes will be used to ensure content retention and an understanding of the material covered. There will be one quiz given at the end of each major section of study. Quizzes will cover lecture material as well as practical "How to" materials covered in labs. There are three quizzes and one written fInal exam in this class. The quizzes will all be online and notes can be used while taking the quiz.

Final Exam: There will be one written fInal exam in this class given online at the of the semester.

Students are expected to be present for all class sessions - for the entire period. Peer learning and interaction is highly encouraged. It is expected that all students participate in the learning environment. For this reason, attendance is mandatory. A student’s final grade will be lowered by one full letter grade after three unexcused absences.

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor when they may not be in attendance. The attendance policy in this course is in keeping with the policy stated in the Parkland College Catalog. It says: "Regular and prompt attendance is expected at all classes," expect in cases involving illness or emergency which should be brought to the attention of the instructor. "Regular attendance and consistent study habits are considered necessary for academic success in college. Faculty members have prerogative of lowering grades for excessive absence"

If a student anticipates missing class during the due date and class critique, it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor beforehand. The absent student must have their project imagery prepared for the class critique in the designated location on the assigned due date. Failure to prepare project imagery by an absent student will also result in an F project grade.

On the ten-day roster, I am required to assess your attendance. If you have not attended regularly to that point, you will be dropped with no refund of tuition or fees. After the ten-day roster, you should not plan on an instructor withdrawal if you want to withdraw from the course. You are ultimately responsible for your own withdrawal by the withdrawal date. Non-attendance after the ten-day roster will result in an F if you don't withdraw yourself.

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