ANI 231 3D Animation

John Muscarella

Office: CDM 701
Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 22505
Section number: 801
Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
CDM 00527 Loop Campus


In this course, students will be introduced to the art of animating in 3D through the use of traditional animation principles. Topics will include: principles of animation, storyboarding, transformations and deformations of 3D objects, camera and light animation. Emphasis will be placed on using the computer as a tool to create animation for cinema and game applications, as well as an instrument of experimentation. PREREQUISITE(S): ANI 230


The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams (Recomended)


Assignments 80% of grade
Final Project 20% of grade
Total 100%
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


ANI 230

Introduction to 3D animation tools and UI in Maya

Introducing Character in Animations Inbetweening with Initial Animation Principles Introducing Full Character Rigs and Begin Blocking an Animation Splining and Polishing an Animation Introducing Full Body Character Animation Splining and Polishing a Full Body Animation Introducing Walk Cycles Final Project Blocking and Camera Final Project Critique and Progress

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Changes to Syllabus

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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.
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Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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