MI7005 - Experimental Animation 2

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What will I learn on this module?

This module has two integrated strands that encourage experimentation and critical reflection. The two strands are structured into a single brief.

In the first strand you will be given a brief, drawn from the design industry, that requires an innovative solution. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorial support, including the introduction of appropriate animation processes such as proceduralism and interactive techniques.

In the second strand lectures and seminars will be delivered on how to reflect on your design practice and this will support the reflection and documentation process of the project. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorials.

How will I learn on this module?

There are three strands to your learning in this module, and you must appropriately synthesise the information to deliver an innovative solution to the design brief.

Firstly, there are a series of lectures and discussions on conceptually driven topics, drawn from art, design, film and animation theory that will encourage further research by you. You should document and critically reflect upon these ideas in the final submission.

Secondly, you will be introduced to innovative animation techniques, such as proceduralism and interactivity and you will be encouraged to experiment in these areas. These experiments should be documented throughout the project, with evidence of critical reflection in the final submission.

Thirdly you will be given a brief, drawn from the design industry, that requires an innovative solution. Through this you will synthesise the ideas gained through the lectures and personal research with the innovative animation techniques.

Tutor guided independent learning and self independent learning will follow the briefings.

You will be supported and facilitated by the module tutor and teaching team.

The project must show clear evidence of appropriate research in the conceptual ideas and experimentation with the techniques.

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

You will critically reflect on the research, experimentation and design solution with peers 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. Be able to effectively research a design or communication issue and communicate your understanding of the issue and your design solution to stakeholders and clients.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

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

3. Plan, manage and produce a significant and original project.

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

4. Evidence of critical engagement and reflection on real-world issues and the clear communication of a design solution based on research and discussion.

How will I be assessed?

You will present your proposed design solutions in a group presentation during the semester, and you will receive formative feedback based on the MLO 4.

You will effectively communicate your design solutions and evidence of ideas and experimentation, at the mid-point presentation and final presentations stages, both verbally and visually, as noted in MLOs 1 and 2. You will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers at these stages.

You will deliver a final piece of work, which is of a professional standard that meets the design needs of the brief. This will be presented during the final presentation and you will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers. As noted in 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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