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  • Objectives
    Students will gain a working knowledge of both traditional and digital methods of animation while becoming proficient with the 12 basic principles of animation. Through the art of animation, students will be able to breathe life into their drawings and computer generated art and models. The program will enable the student to develop strong storytelling, drawing and animation skills that will translate to the screen through a series of exercises and an eventual final film. The program is also designed with a strong focus on drawing from life and from the imagination, this is the key to the success of any animator, even those who choose to work with the digital medium. Completion of the Animation program will result in the production of a portfolio and demo reel that will showcase the drawing, colour and animation skills developed by the graduate. With this portfolio, the graduate will be able to enter the workforce with confidence and will have the opportunity to succeed in any avenue of production that the graduate may choose.
  • Academic Title
    Animation Advance Diploma
  • Course description
          Semester 1
        * ENG1510   -   002   -   Business Communications I

          In this course, students will begin to develop professional business communication skills through the study and practice of the theory of communication, patterns of organization, usage and style appropriate to the workplace, and editing and proofreading strategies.

        * ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

          This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

        * ANI1100   -   003   -   Introduction to Life Drawing

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to integrate knowledge of the human skeletal form and its relationship to the figurative drawing process.
        * ANI1105   -   003   -   Introduction to Animation Drawing

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to explain the elements of, and apply some of these elements to, successful drawing process.

        * ANI1110   -   003   -   Introduction to Visual Language

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to visualize ideas and concepts, and to understand the concept of sequential storytelling.

        * ANI1115   -   003   -   Introduction to Painting & Drawing

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to generate visual content that exhibits basic knowledge and application of fundamental principles of colour theory, design, drawing and painting.

        * ANI1120   -   004   -   Animation History & Styles

          This course is designed to provide students with an overview survey of animation history from pre-cinema to the present day.

          Semester 2

        * ANI1200   -   003   -   Life Drawing

          By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to draw the human and animal form with a clear understanding of structure.

        * ANI1205   -   003   -   Drawing for Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated an ability to appreciate the complexity and scope of the skills required to produce effective drawing for animation.

        * ANI1210   -   003   -   Introduction to Story Concepts

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to visualize their ideas and their knowledge of film principles in the development of storyboards.

        * ANI1215   -   003   -   Advanced Painting & Drawing

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to construct a variety of environments using new and acquired painting and drawing knowledge and skills, within the context of storytelling and the animation process.

        * ANI1220   -   003   -   Introduction to Digital Methodology

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to utilize basic digital theories, concepts and tools in an animated production process.

        * ANI1225   -   004   -   Film Studies

          This course introduces students to the history of film through the study of international and domestic films that have influenced the art of cinema.

          Semester 3

        * ANI2300   -   003   -   Interpretive Life Drawing:Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to integrate comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the human skeletal form and its function into its larger relationship to the figurative drawing process.

        * ANI2305   -   005   -   Basic Principles of Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply knowledge of elementary character design and animation principles in caricatured motion analysis exercises.

        * ANI2310   -   003   -   Story and Visual Narrative

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to implement cinematic language and storytelling practices into the production of effective storyboards for animation.

        * ANI2315   -   003   -   Layout and Design I

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to create successful single and sequence layouts by effectively integrating established storyboards and design elements.

        * ANI2320   -   003   -   Digital Methodologies: 2D Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to utilize 2D digital animation concepts and methodologies.

        * PSY1050   -   003   -   Introduction To Psychology I

          Psychology is the study of human behaviour. This course is designed to increase your understanding of your own behaviour and the behaviour familiarizing you with important psychological concepts and research findings. PSY 1050 has been designated a General Education Course.

          Semester 4

        * ANI2400   -   003   -   Life Drawing Studio: Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to draw the dynamic human and animal form with an understanding of volume, form and structural proportions.

        * ANI2405   -   005   -   Advanced Principles of Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to build animation sequences using the proper application of key drawings and in-betweens to convey believable walk cycle.

        * ANI2410   -   003   -   Storyboard & Intro to Screenwriting

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce a script and storyboard that can be used as the basis for an animated film.

        * ANI2415   -   003   -   Layout & Design II

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce horizontal, vertical and diagonal layouts by effectively interpreting established storyboard panels and design concepts.

        * ANI2420   -   003   -   Digital Methodologies: Sound

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to combine dialogue, music and sound effects that reflects an understanding of the fundamental principles of audio physics, digital audio theory and the development of motion picture sound into a finished sound track for a short animated film at an introductory level.

        * ANI2425   -   003   -   Introduction to Performance

          Students will learn basic of physical acting theory as it applies to animation through a series of interactive lectures, study of film examples and practical exercises.

          Semester 5
        * ANI3500   -   003   -   Intermediate Life Drawing Studio

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to incorporate comprehensive and detailed knowledge of musculature and the function of muscles into the drawing of dynamic form.

        * ANI3505   -   006   -   Animation & Character Design

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply animation principles to character performance.

        * ANI3510   -   003   -   Animation & Motion Analysis

          This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to build on and apply the fundamental principles of animation acquired in previous semesters. These principles are integrated through a series of exercises that focus on the motion of animal and human forms.

        * ANI3515   -   004   -   Production Process: Digital

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to conduct basic research and create unique visuals - drawn and digitally painted - that incorporate a variety of advanced design and art directing concepts within the context of a short animated film production.

        * ANI3520   -   003   -   Performance, Film & Animation

          Students will continue the work that began in Introduction to Performance. Special attention is given to the application of learned skills. Focus will be given to specific challenges faced by animators.

        * GEN2435   -   002   -   Leadership Skills

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          Semester 6
        * ANI3600   -   003   -   Advanced Life Drawing Studio

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to refine the principles of human and animal anatomy, and draw the figure from different perspectives within a detailed environment.

        * ANI3605   -   008   -   Production Process: Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to convey an animated story with characters delivering lines of dialogues in a believable fashion that is consistent with the character's design.

        * ANI3610   -   003   -   Production Process: Background

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce production ready, 2D digital paintings (inspired from established story board and developed layouts) that effectively contribute to the production (film making) process.

        * ANI3615   -   003   -   Production Process: Layout

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce production ready layouts and composite scenes that successfully communicate a sequential narrative within the context of an animated short film.

        * ANI3620   -   003   -   Digital Methodologies: 3D Animation

          By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to design a mesh with integrity and show how it affects the entire CG pipeline.

        * BUS3585   -   003   -   Entrepreneurship

          In the context of the College's General Education program, this course introduces the student to the key elements in the development of a business opportunity. The course demonstrates to the student how to investigate and develop the key ingredients of a successful business plan.

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