CSC 187- 3D Computer Animation I
Text Books Required:
Introducing Autodesk Maya 2014
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This is the first in a series of three courses in 3D computer animation. This course introduces the students to the artistic and technical elements associated with creating three-dimensional computer generated objects used in animation.
Concepts are taught using Maya from Autodesk, the same commercial software system(s) used by professionals in the industry. This course is meant to provide the student with direct hands-on experience and as such is organized and taught within a studio environment.
Parkland College is an authorized Maya academic provider.
|Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in CSC 179 Digital Media Foundations|
|Text Book and course notes Required
Introducing Autodesk Maya 2014
Web Site Information regarding the class including instructor, syllabus, schedules, notes, and project information can be accessed from the password-protected class web page by either following the CSC 188 link from the instructor's home page at: http://www.csit.parkland.edu/~ddallas/csc187/index.html
Instant Maya Lessons: Autodesk Maya provides tutorial lessons on their help pages that will be utilized throughout the course.
This class is based on a format of lecture, discussion, studio, and critique. It is expected that additional time, on a weekly basis, will be spent on your assignments. It is also expected that students read, review, and practice material in the course lecture notes assigned 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 users will be willing to help beginning users with the software. Conversely, more experienced users should elicit creative evaluations from beginning users during their working process.
Course work will consist of large-scale projects and small-scale studies/assignments. Assignments will be graded on a credit/no-credit basis. Assessments will be given on-line through the ANGEL system. Projects receive full letter grades. The final grade is weighted below and will also reflect the student's class attendance and participation (see Attendance below). Projects and studies will be regularly assigned to apply the concepts discussed and demonstrated in class. Projects and assignments form the basis of the student's portfolio work in 3D computer generated imagery.
Given this importance, work will be graded on the use of:
Students have the option of continuing to work on and improve each assignment after the assigned due date and class critique for (possibly) a better grade. Grades for re-worked projects and studies will be no more than one full letter grade higher than the original grade at the assigned due date (grades will never drop in letter grade). All re-worked projects and studies are due at the end of the semester.
Grades will be based on the following weighted grading scale:
Projects: Make up 80% of total grade
Assignments and Assessments: Make up 20% of total grade
Total grade= Projects and Assignments: 100%
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 are expected to be present for all class sessions - for the entire period. Structured as an art studio class, peer learning and interaction is highly encouraged. It is expected that all students participate in this studio 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. Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of each period. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor when you 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."
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