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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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VCT 2026 - 3D Animation II

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: In this hands-on, project-oriented course, students will design and create advanced 3D animation projects emphasizing character modeling and animation. Using the industry-standard 3ds max application, projects will involve the use of advanced 3D modeling and character animation techniques, compound objects, subdivision surface modeling, the creation and application of textures, advanced camera and lighting techniques, and the application of advanced particle systems and space warps.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): VCT 2025 .
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Animating with space warps
  2. Animation and storyboarding
  3. Building and animating hierarchies
  4. Character design
  5. Character modeling techniques
  6. Composition and perspective
  7. Compound objects
  8. Creative lighting in the digital 3D environment
  9. Creative use of cameras in the digital 3D environment
  10. Design theory for animators
  11. Materials and maps
  12. Mixing color and light
  13. Planning 3D design projects
  14. Review: getting oriented in 3D space
  15. Review: the 3ds max interface
  16. Sub-division surface modeling
  17. UVW Mapping applying materials
  18. Using particle systems

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. create concept drawings of characters.
  2. critique ones own work and that of other students in group discussions.
  3. create storyboards
  4. use advanced 3D modeling techniques.
  5. use advanced material and mapping techniques.
  6. use advanced lighting techniques.
  7. employ creative camera concepts.
  8. use character animation techniques.
  9. create advanced 3D animation projects.
  10. use advanced rendering techniques
  11. solve design and technical problems through the use of critical thinking.

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