JOHN C. HENCH ANIMATION & DIGITAL ARTS
Description: An introduction to the fundamentals of animation, covering such topics as timing, anticipation, reaction, overlapping action, and metamorphosis.
Description: Experimental and traditional audio design practices for animation, culminating in an immersive audio project utilizing acoustic design, surround sound, and professional recording and editing tools. Fundamental principles of traditional and experimental audio design for cinema and new media culminating in a unified immersive audio project.
Description: Creating characters and environments for animation, live action, and video games.
Description: Introduction to the expanding field of visual effects; topics include magic lanterns shows, stop-motion fantasies and animation combination films employing the latest digital technologies.
Description: Workshop exploring concept and structure of long and short form animated films through practical writing exercises.
Description: Development, modeling, and animation with an emphasis on character setup features: rigging, skeletons, deformers, and scripting. Applying principles of traditional animation to 3-D character rig/puppet. Prerequisite: CTAN 452.
Description: An introduction to methods for creating analog animation through experimentation with imagery, concepts and materials. Emphasis on basic timing principles and hands-on techniques.
Description: In-depth survey of historical developments, styles, techniques, theory and criticism of animation as an art form.
Description: Lecture and laboratory in computer animation: geometric modeling, motion specification, lighting, texture mapping, rendering, compositing, production techniques, systems for computer-synthesized animation.
Description: The art of digital sculpting for animated characters, with visual effects integration. Recommended preparation: CTAN 452 or CTAN 462.
Description: Survey of contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques.
Description: Concepts, tools and techniques used to create cinematic lighting and rendering in computer-generated imagery (CGI). Prerequisite: CTAN 452 or CTAN 462
Description: Modeling and pipeline integration for 3-D animation props, sets and characters. Recommended preparation:Prior knowledge in Maya preferred. This class teaches all the necessary skills to model and texture 3-D characters in Maya and ZBrush.
Description: Creative design and technical strategies in projection mapping using Christie Digital’s Pandoras Box software and projectors. Course co-taught with Christie projection artists and experts. Prerequisite Knowledge: CTAN 452 Introduction to 3d Computer Animation or Unity
Description: An in-depth exploration of aesthetics and techniques involved in the conceptualization, design and creation of immersive media and stereoscopic imaging. (Duplicates credit in former CTAN 502a.)
Description: A creative studio course in producing both a linear cinematic virtual reality short film and associated real-time immersive experience.
Prerequisite: CTAN 502L
Description: The concepts of animation performance, body and facial gesture, and the emotional and psychological resonance through cinematic arts.
Description: Puppet and set design for stop motion animation while providing guidance on armature rigs that allow the character to be animated effectively.
Description: Incorporating classic stop motion techniques for puppet performance and animation. Emphasis on timing, performance, movement, animation and gesture. Prerequisite: CTAN 550
Description: Investigation of advanced computer techniques related to character representation and various types of algorithmically defined animation produced on either film or videotape. Prerequisite: CTAN 452
Description: Fundamental principles of motion capture technology explored while working through a structured series of assignments based around performance, gesture and motion.
Prerequisite: CTAN 452 or CTAN 462.
Description: A special projects course in which students produce a major work through weekly meetings with a master artist/animator. Topics must be approved prior to enrollment. Recommended preparation: Previous advanced animation production experience.