MI7004 - Experimental Animation 1

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to encourage you to experiment with conceptual ideas, story-telling and animation techniques to produce both visual experiments and a project idea that will form the basis of the Major Project in Module MI7003.

This module has two integrated strands that encourage this experimentation and idea generation. The two strands are structured into a single brief.

The first strand encourages experimentation with both the conceptual and practical techniques employed in the production of new ideas in animation. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorial support to encourage creative and self-reflective experimentation in animation. You will produce and document experimental animation projects.

Building on this experimentation the second strand considers the analysis and generation of ideas for a proposed film or animation project, from a critical, and written perspective. Classes will cover key areas such as script analysis, narrative and characterisation. You will produce a project idea for the Major Project in Module MI7003 in the appropriate form, such as a script and storyboard or, appropriate supporting material for a non-traditional project, such as in interactive animation project.

How will I learn on this module?

There are two strands to this module and to the learning in this module, and you must appropriately synthesise the learning to deliver innovative solutions to both strands of the brief.

Firstly, you will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorial support to encourage creative and self-reflective experimentation in animation.

Secondly, this will be supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials and will cover, script analysis, film genre, film conventions, narrative structure and characterisation.

Tutor guided independent learning and self independent learning will follow the lectures and seminars.

The project will show clear evidence of appropriate research and experimentation in the delivered projects.

The research, experimentation and design solutions must be documented throughout the project.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module briefs outline the indicative workload of a module with an indication of lectures, design development classes and the appropriate use of design and ICT software for both the development and communication of the projects. This will include the extensive use of the e-learning portal and the use of blogs for you to document and communicate your research and design progress.

Associated learning materials will also be available on the eLearning portal to download and support developmental skills, where appropriate. These will be discussed in class first to make sure that you understand the key concepts of the material.

Email support is available throughout the module, especially during tutor guided independent learning and student independent learning periods when you are working alone. You can also make appointments to talk through your work with a member of staff.

The programme has a subscription to ‘Digital Tutors’, the design and technical software support facility, due to the specialist nature of the software that you are required to use. You will have access to this resource, both inside and outside the university, to help with any problem solving when designing. You will be encouraged to solve your own design and technical problems by searching for solutions in Digital Tutors.

The programme has a dedicated design studio, specialist hardware including high-end computers, rendering facilities, stop-motion rigs and a colour 3D printer. Plus industry standard software such as Maya, Houdini, Renderman, and Nuke.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Effectively generate a script or project idea for the Major Project in Module MI7003 and analyse this, with evidence of background research and critical reflection.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Evidence of experimentation in terms of ideas and animation techniques.

3. Generate an original idea for the Major Project in Module MI7003 with supporting material, such as Project breakdown, screenplay and storyboards.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Evidence of research, critical engagement and reflection on a real-world issue and how this has influenced your design solution.

How will I be assessed?

You will present your research, ideas and experiments in a group presentation during the semester, and you will receive formative feedback based on the MLO 2 and MLO 4.

You will effectively communicate your project idea and experimentation at the mid-point presentation and final presentations stages, both verbally and visually, as noted in MLO 2. You will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers at these stages.

You will deliver the design work for the proposed Major Project in Module MI7003, with relevant documentation and critical reflection. You will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers. As noted in MLO 1 and MLO 3.

The work will be reviewed again, by staff, after the formal presentation, and the work will be summatively assessed. Summative feedback will be provided on the standard Faculty assessment template, which records your achievement against the module learning outcomes and final grade.

Your work should be submitted via the eLearning Portal. On the module page in the eLearning Portal, there is a folder called ‘Assignment Submission’ you will find all the necessary links in this folder.





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Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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