ClassInfo

ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling

Office: CDM 507
Spring 2012-2013
Class number: 34937
Section number: 602
TuTh 3:10PM - 4:40PM
CDM 00722 Loop Campus

Summary

ANI 230

3D Design
& Modeling

Spring 2013 | TTh 3:10-4:40 pm | Room 722

Instructor: Scott Roberts

SRoberts@CIM.DePaul.edu Office: CDM 507

Office hours TuTh 4:45-5:30 (722)

Course Description

Students will use computer modeling to explore the principles of 3-dimensional design. Projects involving object, character and architectural modeling will emphasize the aesthetic concepts of spatial proportion (scale, angle and position), silhouette, negative space, rhythm, balance, light/shadow and texture. Students will emerge with the ability to create well designed 3D models, and be familiar with the basics of polygonal modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering for animation, computer games and cinema.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will have:

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1. Gained basic concepts and understanding of tools related to 3D production.

2. Become comfortable with basics of modeling, lighting, texturing and

rendering.

3. Understand the fundamentals of strong 3D design.

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Your grade will depend on the following criteria:

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????????? Meeting Project Deadlines: It is important to have your work available for critique- work unavailable for critique will be lowered one full grade.

????????? Creativity and personal input into execution of project

????????? Coming prepared to class, including assigned reading and assignments

????????? Showing in-progress work, which can benefit from suggestions, rather than presenting entirely new work at critiques

????????? Effective visually aesthetic solutions to all problems assigned

????????? Taking initiative to work outside of class and research

????????? Hard work and sweat

????????? Participation in critiques and discussions

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Attendance

Student absences are not expected to exceed more than 10% (2 absences) of the number of the classes scheduled for the semester. Each absence after the second will subtract 10% from your final grade.

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The student is responsible for any lectures or assignments missed. If an assignment is due a week that you are absent, it is your responsibility to make sure it still arrives on time. This is for your benefit. A good portion of our class time will be spent doing hands on tutorials, screening films, and critiquing work. Lecture notes will not make up for these missed learning experiences.

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READ THIS: You may not miss the final class date. Doing so will equal an automatic two letter grade reduction of your final grade. If for some reason you cannot make one of these dates you must contact your instructor BEFORE the class that you must miss. Excuses given after the fact will not be accepted.

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No incompletes will be given without documented proof of circumstances beyond your control.

Class Work

This class is project-based and work-intensive. 90% of your grade will be based on projects.

All assignments and grades will be listed on our Course Online site: https://col.cdm.depaul.edu

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Critiques

Unless I tell you otherwise, assigned work must be completed and submitted through COLweb one hour BEFORE class starts. This will keep us from wasting valuable class time. Handing in something unfinished is always better than nothing at all. Due to the large size of our class, and the limited class time, not everyone?s work will get a full review during class. If you?d like more feedback, arrange to discuss your work with me during my office hours. We will view and discuss everyone?s final project during the last class.

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Grading

Assignments

????????? Must be handed in on time. Late assignments will be accepted on teacher discretion only. On time is submitted through COLweb 30 minutes BEFORE class starts. Students who use class time to finish assignments the day they are due will forfeit the right to hand in that assignment. Class time is for working with the material at hand, not finishing late assignments.

????????? Resubmissions: An assignment can be resubmitted for regrading for 4 weeks after it is due. Email me to let me know that you resubmitted. Only projects that were originally submitted on time can be resubmitted.

????????? Written Assignments: Must be typed.

????????? Digital Assignments: All assignments handed in digitally must be in the following format (please note upper and lower case usage)

o??? LastnameFirstname_projectnameNumber.extension

o??? example: ScottRoberts_TreeProject01.mb

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* Special Accommodations: If you have any special considerations please see the instructor.

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* BACK UP YOUR WORK: Failure of computer software and or Hardware will not be accepted as an extenuating circumstance for late projects or incomplete grades so back up your work daily.

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Grading

10% Participation, Reaction Papers, In-progress work

90% Projects

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A = 100-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-88, B = 87-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-78, C = 77-73, C- = 72-70, D+ = 69-68, D = 67-63, D- = 62-60, F = 59-0.

A indicates total excellence, B indicates good work, C indicates average, uninspired work, D work is unsatisfactory, F is really, really bad.

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Academic Integrity

Work done for this course must adhere to the DePaul University Academic Integrity Policy, which you can review in the Student Handbook or by visiting http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/

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Materials and Supplies

All assignments in this class must be submitted digitally online.

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Bibliography

Recommended Texts:

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Introducing Maya 2013 by Dariush Derakhshani Publisher: Sybex

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The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects, Fourth Edition (Paperback) Isaac Kerlow, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2009

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Reference Websites

www.autodesk.com

www.learning-maya.com

www.creativecrash.com

www.awn.com

www.animationlodge.blogspot.com

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SCHEDULE

This schedule is subject to change throughout the semester
and will be adapted to fit the needs of the students.

Tu

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4/2

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Simple Fan

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4/4

Abstracted Animals

4/9

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Objects and Polygonal Modeling
Abstracted Objects

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4/11

Low-Poly Shoe

4/16

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Low-Poly Shoe Revision

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4/18

Everyday Object

4/23

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High Res Distortion, Koolhaas Fieldtrip

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4/25

Architecture, Lighting and Texturing

Think Tank

4/30

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Think Tank Fly-through

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5/2

Office of the Overlord

5/7

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Office Remodel

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5/9

Office Texturing

5/14

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Office Composite

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5/16

Textured Simple House

5/21

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Character Design and Organic Modeling

Chimera research and composite mock-up

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5/23

Chimera low-poly

5/28

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Chimera 240 faces

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5/30

Chimera texture

6/4

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Chimera texture revision

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6/6

Chimera Final

6/11

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FINAL CRIT 2:45-5pm ? ATTENDANCE MANDATORY

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School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/ If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/Current%20Students/Pages/PoliciesandProcedures.aspx.

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296