CSC 189- 3D Computer Animation 3


Course Instructor: Derek Dallas 
Office Number: B116c 
Office Hours and contact Information: Here

Class times: Mondays 11:30am- 12:30pm
Class Location: D-227
WEB PAGE: Information regarding the instructor, can be accessed from the instructor's home page at: 

Course Information
This is the third in a series of courses in 3D computer animation. In this course students will be introduced to: Character development and animation in a 3D digital environment. Fundamentals in character design, modeling, texturing, basic skeletons, character animation and high resolution modeling techniques.

Prerequisites: CSC 188

Concepts include but not limited to:
Character Design
Digital sculpting
High resolution modeling
Texture Painting
Normal Mapping
Rigging Concepts
Character animation
Unreal game engine techniques
Concepts are taught using Maya and Mudbox from Autodesk, Unreal from Epic games. The same commercial software systems 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: CSC 188: 3D Animation 2

Parkland students have a free account and you can access this by following the steps outlined on the "Knowledge base" found on the parkland website.

Text Book : None

Web Site Information regarding the class including syllabus, schedules, notes, and project information can be accessed from the password-protected class web page by following the CSC 189 link from the instructor's home page at:

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 assignments. 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:
Effective design principles, Expressive creativity, Thoughtful concept, Well-executed craftsmanship, Adherence to project objectives and guidelines
Work is due on the assigned due date and will be class critiqued on the due date. Projects must be complete and uploaded to the Cobra Dropbox on the due date before class critique begins. Students will not be allowed to complete work during class critique. Work not completed by the due date before class critique begins will receive an F for the project grade or "no-credit" for assignments. 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 work prepared for the class critique in the designated location on the assigned due date. Failure to prepare projects or studies by an absent student will also result in an F project grade or "no-credit" for assignments.
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. 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
Studies: Make up 10% of total grade
Attendance: Makes up 10% of total grade
Total grade = Projects + studies + Attendance: 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."

DROPS: On the seventh day after the start of class, 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 seventh-day roster, you should not plan on an instructor to drop you. Non-attendance after the Seventh-day roster will result in an F if you don't withdraw.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/her progress in this course. If after consulting with the instructor, the student feels it becomes necessary to withdraw from this course, it is the responsibility of the student to do so. Please check with the office of admission to find out the final day for withdrawal with “W” grade from courses ending at midterm. If you have questions about the withdrawal procedure, see your Parkland College catalog or student policy and procedures manual. It is your responsibility to withdraw yourself from the class. Please do not assume that by not attending the class you will be withdrawn from it. As the one responsible for your academic progress, it is your responsibility, not the instructors, to keep track of it. If you want to withdraw from the course, you are required to obtain the signature of your instructor, the Dept. Chair or a Dean before your withdrawal with be processed.

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D.M. COMPUTER LAB. INFO: Computer Lab. Schedule: Digital Media has two dedicated computer labs in D207 & D-227. 
During regularly scheduled class time the computers are reserved for the student. However, if empty computers near the back of the room are open you may use them. 
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