Module Title:   Advanced 3D for Visual Effects

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-4088D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Year

Module Occurrence:   E

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Ian Palmer

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   EM-4062D

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop students` understanding of advanced 3D techniques for use in a professional visual effects environment.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Students taught through direct instruction and supervision of tutors and through dedicated online resources in the VLE. Tutors also support practical work and self-directed study.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   120.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   40.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   40.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

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

i. critically evaluate and select advanced tools and techniques to use in a complex visual effects production environment.

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

i. use advanced production software tools and techniques to create elements for use in visual effects projects.
Ii. use advanced techniques to produce high quality complex elements for use in visual effects projects.

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

i. communicate effectively.
Ii. manage time to complete given tasks to a specified deadline.

  Coursework   60%
  Creation of complex CG elements for a visual effects project
  Laboratory Report   40%
  Logbook (2000)

Outline Syllabus:
Rigid bodies
Particle systems
Simulation, lighting and rendering
Hair, fur and fluids
Procedural animation techniques
Scripting and expressions

Reading list
Autodesk User Guide []
Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides), Dariush Derakhshani, John Wiley & Sons, 2013 (ISBN 978-1118130568)
The Magic of Houdini, William Cunningham, Thomson Course Technology, 2005 (ISBN 978-1598630824)
Houdini on the Spot: Power User Tips and Techniques, Craig Zerouni, Taylor & Francis, 2007 (ISBN 978-0240808628)
Simultaneous Music, Animation, and Sound with Houdini, Andrew Lowell, e-book, (

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