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3D Character Animation
Course: AVC287

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   6.0 Period(s)   6.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: 3D-Character modeling and animation for multimedia, film, broadcast, video games and interactive entertainment. Character motion, editing, and blending electronic with traditional techniques.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Create a 3D character by following principles of anatomy. (I)
2. Translate traditional drawing into electronic media. (I)
3. Construct a life-like character applying appropriate tools, materials and texture. (II)
4. Use lighting techniques to enhance the character. (II)
5. Animate a 3D character electronically. (III)
6. Demonstrate understanding of traditional key-frame animation. (III)
7. Apply the foot-step driven technique to a character. (III)
8. Use digital editing to complete the animation. (IV)
9. Produce videotape for the portfolio presentation. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Creating the 3D character
   A. 3D character creation
   B. Anatomy of motion principles
   C. Electronic motion principles
II. Materials, texture mapping and lighting effects
   A. Material properties and applications
   B. Skin deformation tools
   C. Lighting
III. Animating the character
   A. Traditional key-frame animation
   B. Electronic key framing and animation
   C. Footstep-driven techniques
IV. Digital composting
   A. Storytelling considerations
   B. Compositing
   C. Rendering and output
V. Digital portfolio
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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