VFX 374 Compositing I

Christopher Olsen

Office: CDM 632A
Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 30496
Section number: 901
Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus

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  • Description: Compositing is the art and science of manipulating photographic imagery. This project-based course builds the core tool set for compositing live-action filmed footage.
  • Topics will include: Photographic principles, Green Screen, Compositing, Rotoscope, Basic Animation and more.


Reading Materials (available via D2L)

  • The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Second Edition by Ron Brinkmann (Links on D2L)


VFX200 or ANI105 or GD105 or DC225 . Additionally, you will need at a minimum:

  • Frequent access to a Mac or Windows computer that connects to the Internet, with the following suggested technical specifications: Intel® 7thGen CPU or equivalent, 16 GB of RAM, Graphics card with 4GB+ VRAM, 1920 x 1080 or greater monitor resolution, 30GB disk space for installation. (Specifications lower than this should be tested in advance of class to ensure a good experience. Instructions to find out the specifications of your system are available here: Finding Out Your Technical Specifications)
  • Access to NUKE X and NUKE STUDIO software from The Foundry
  • Access to your Depaul e-mail account that you check regularly.
  • Access to a software suite such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point). DePaul students are eligible to receive Office 365 ProPlus for installation on their home computer and personal mobile devices. See Office 365 Education Plus for instructions.
  • Administrator access to a computer to install software.
  • The ability to view video files.

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