Module Title:   Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-4021D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Computing, Informatics and Media (Creative Technology)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Karl Abson

Additional Tutor(s):   Ian Palmer

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide a mastery of advanced techniques used in the production of computer generated special effects.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lecture sessions will present the theoretical underpinning of the subject and case studies will be used to present examples of how these are applied in the industry. Laboratory sessions will allow students to practise these techniques and gain a deep understanding of how to apply computer animation techniques in a practical situation. Assessment is by courses work and will assess the application of techniques in a media based product.
Students will undergo formative assessment mid-term and received feedback from which to take summative feedback at the end of the module. Students must engage with the formative assessment in order to submit summative assessment at the end of the module.
Supplementary assessment will be to repair deficiencies in original submission.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   176.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   0.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

analyse, evaluate and apply advanced 3D computer graphics and special effects techniques.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

apply an advanced understanding of the use of computer animation and special effects for film and video post-production; deploy the ability to apply computer animation techniques in a practical situation to a brief.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

manage both time and resources in a project.

  Coursework   0%
  500 Word Extract - Formative assessment
  Coursework   40%
  1000 word revised report based on formative assessment
  Coursework   60%
  A piece of coursework that demonstrates practical and problem solving skills

Outline Syllabus:
History of computer animation. History of special effects. Optical effects and pyrotechnics. Computer animation techniques. Three-dimensional modelling. Lighting, surfacing and texturing for visual realism. Composting, registration and motion capture. Advanced modelling of fluids and soft objects. Procedural modelling, animation and texturing. Human character modelling and animation.

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