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Animation Fundamentals

Units: 2
Student Level: All

Jun 28 - Aug 6 Add to cart
Schedule: Tues / Thurs 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Orientation: Jun 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 15
Faculty: Caroline Hu

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About the Class

Interested in animation, but don't know where to start? Then this is the class for you! The Animation Fundamentals class will teach students the building blocks of animation. 

In this introductory class, students will create several short hand-drawn animations exploring fundamental principles of animation such as:

  • Anticipation
  • Squash and stretch
  • Eases
  • Overlapping Action

These lessons will be covered through:

  • Readings
  • Lectures
  • Screenings
  • Observations
  • Hand-on exercises

The objective of the course is to understand the mechanics, vocabulary and tools of hand-drawn animation and to gain an understanding of how and why timing plays an important role in the art of animation.

Best of all, students get to watch cartoons! Historical and contemporary animations will be screened to be analyzed and to illustrate classroom lessons. Students will be able to view and analyze sequences from master animators frame-by-frame and use the lessons learned to execute their own animations.

A familiarity with drawing is recommended, but not required. Even stick figures can be expertly animated! Students will also have access to animation light tables and digital shooting stations outside of class.

*All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.                                                                                                                  *Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Caroline Hu 

Should the SCA Summer Program move to an online format for Summer 2021, this course will be CONVERTED to an online class.