ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors

Spring 2015-2016
Class number: 32620
Section number: 301
TuTh 11:20AM - 12:50PM
LEVAN 00302 Lincoln Park Campus


This course is an introduction to the art and practice of animation. While looking at the history and theory of the medium, we will practice many essential and foundational animation techniques. The goal is to prepare you for further study in the field, to compile several strong examples of your work and to expand your awareness, appreciation and understanding of this art form.


Required Text:
The Animators Bible by Maureen Furniss. HNA Books, 2008.


For animation projects, I look at the amount of effort, content and overall attitude given to a project. For written assignments, I am looking for you to intelligently and meaningfully communicate critical ideas derived from screenings and research.

Course grade scale is as follows:

A = excellent. Work demonstrates superior comprehension, ability and effort.

B = above average. Work demonstrates very good comprehension, ability and effort.

C = average. Work demonstrates basic comprehension, ability and effort.

D = below average. Work demonstrates poor comprehension, ability and effort.

F = unacceptable. Work fails to demonstrate minimal comprehension, ability and effort

Grade breakdown:

1. Animation Projects: 75%

2. Essays #1, #2, #3: 15% (5% each)

3. Participation 10%

Attendance is always required. Missing three or more classes will constitute continual reductions in your grade. Missing more than 5 classes will result in a failing grade. Attending the final exam critique period is also mandatory.


there are no prerequisits

Class Work

Animation is time consuming simply by nature of the medium! You will do a lot of work that results in only a few seconds of movement at a time. Prepare to invest several hours per assignment.

Participation and Critiques

Participation is mandatory. Vocabulary, ideas, and information will be exchanged during group discussions, in critiques and during workdays. It is important that everybody be engaged in the exchange of ideas and participates, we learn from each other.

Group critiques will be held on the days the assignments are due. Critiques are essential in developing your ability to understand and discuss the formal and conceptual aspects of your work and the work of others. I expect everybody to contribute to critiques. Crits are valuable learning opportunities and are a very important part of this course. All students must be present and participate in every critique. Treat the presentation of your work seriously. Come prepared to introduce your work and to describe your process.

Assigned work must be completed and submitted via D2L at least one hour before class begins. In most cases, projects will need to be exported and compressed to QuickTime format (instruction on this will be provided).

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 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

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