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Animation

1. Program Description 

Fine Arts School began to recruit undergraduate students into animation program from 2000. Animation program's Education and teaching quality received favorable comment from the National Department of Education Online, and was marked Top 1 in Chinese Animation Colleges with Degree Program from 2002 to 2004. The program aims to cultivate high quality talents with comprehensive planning, technical production and artistic creation ability for the field of film and television, games, cross media, etc. The programs are offered: Bachelor of Arts (four-year program) .A minimum of 132 credits is required for the four-year program.

After graduation from this program, the students should become high-level professional talents with profound basic theories and sound specialized knowledge in animating, producing and innovating and the all-round ability of film and television, education, network communication, advertising, games, creative media and other industries field. 

2. Program Duration and Credit

This is a four-year undergraduate program, which can be completed within a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven years. A total of 132credits are required upon the completion of the program. Students will awarded a bachelor's degree, when they meet the requirements of "Regulations of the people's Republic of China on Chinese Studies" and "Bachelor of Science degree awarded to the Nanjing Normal University"

3. Curriculum

Three modules of courses are offered for the program: Basic Curriculum, Essential Curriculum, and Elective Curriculum. The Basic and Essential curricula are compulsory for a Bachelor’s degree. 

The Elective Curriculum in the list includes extended disciplinary courses offered by the school into which an individual student is admitted, as well as cross disciplinary courses offered by other schools. Students can choose the extended and cross disciplinary courses according to their personal interests and career plans; however, credits should be approved by the School.

(1)Basic Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

101303122201

Animation Professional introduction

1

1

 

101303122202

Animation Conspectus

2

1

 

101303122101

Sketch Foundation

3

1

 

101303122203

Drawing for Animation

4

2

 

101303122102

Color: Foundation

3

1

 

101303122103

Color composition

2

2

 

101303122206

Animation script

2

2

 

101303122204

Foundation of  Illustration

2

2

 

101303122205

Animation Movement Axiom

4

4

 

(2)Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

101303123008

Shooting Script & Story Board

2

3

*

101303123003

The Animated Film Direct

1

3

*

101303123004

Animation Acting

1

5

*

101303123005

Animation Scene Design

2

4

*

101303123007

Character Design

3

4

*

101303123010

Introduction to Digital Tools

2

3

*

101303123002

Stop Motion Animation

2

5

*

101303123009

3D Modeling and Character Animation

3

5

*

101303123001

Flash

2

5

*

101303123006

Animation VFX and Combination

2

6

*

101303123001

Graduation  Project(thesis)

5

8

 

(3)Elective Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

101300124003

Professional observation  

1

8

 

101300122104

Foreign Art History

3

4

 

101300122105

Chinese Art History

3

2

 

101303124002

Paper Writing  

1

7

 

101300122102

Introduction to Art

2

4

 

101300122101

Art Anatomy  

1

1

 

101300124101

International Exchange

 and Visiting

4

 

 

101303124001

Illustration And cartoon Creation  

4

7

 

101303124002

Animation creative drawing  

4

3

 

101303124003

Animation Short Films Creation

5

6

 

101303124004

Animation Music and Sound Effects

1

5

 

101303124005

Animation products designing  

2

8

 

101303124006

Animation Production

4

7

 

101303124007

Sequential Narrative  

1

3

 

101303124008

Printing technology

3

5

 

(Note: 1. Odd-number semesters are the fall semesters and even-number semesters are the spring semesters in each academic year. The asterisk * marks a core course.

4. Core Courses and Introductions

101303123008   Shooting Script & Story Board   (2 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Animation introduction

The course mainly consists of the story board of animation scripts.  Requires students to understand the basic rules of the film language and practice in the design; understand the format, basic regulation and drawing method of story board, Students need to learn how to use the camera, scene scheduling, timing and montage through the practice.

101303123003   The Animated Film Direct   (1 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Shooting Script & Story Board

Compared with the ordinary film animation films in the production are very different, but the director theoretical basis is the same. The DV video film production can make students understand and master the basic knowledge of film and television director, contents such as scene scheduling, cinematography and directing the actors such as knowledge. Students need to fully understand the distinctive characteristics of the animation director.

101303123004   Animation Acting   (1 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Animation introduction

This course is an important compulsory course for animation majors. It has an important role for students to master the art of animation performance. The main content of the course is research the performance of various types of roles in different media and the advantages and disadvantages of different media, and the requirements for the performance of the animation. Students need to master animation acting skills in different media platforms, through classroom training.

101303123010   Introduction to Digital Tools   (2 cr.)

The general introduction of Photoshop includes the introduction of its main window, basic operation, file browser and environmental settings. In further introduction, it involves the basic operations of image editing, the transformation of the mode of image and color, and the recovery of the editing state of image. Students are required to master how to control the image color and hue, how to use the channel, layer, passage and masking-out of Photoshop. It also involves the word processing, automatic processing, the built-in filter of PS. The teaching mode is using the teaching platform of multimedia interaction, combining general instructions with individual explanation, theory with practice, imitation with creation.

101303123007   Character Design   (3 cr.)

This course includes the basic knowledge, artistic fundamentals, training methods, skills and methods of creation of the design of animation figures. Students need to familiar with the main characteristics of figures of different ages, gender, nationalities, and different social background. This course is mainly based on the character modeling design, and the modeling features of the animal, monster, and robot are also involved.

101303123005   Animation Scene Design   (3 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Color Foundation

Animation scene design is one of the important stages in animation pre-production, content including two aspects: the design and drawing. Students required understanding and studying the script and director's intention as designers. The course contain he rationality of the design, plan, elevation and multi angle effect diagram design, concept draft design, lighting, perspective, proportion, material and form a sense of performance, the computer and hand drawing board combination of digital painting techniques.

101303123002   Stop Motion Animation   (2 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Animation Movement Axiom

Stop motion animation is a kind of animation technology with a long history. Stop motion animation creation process contains creative and script writing, lens design, modeling and scene design, accidentally form production, scene construction, photography and filming, post effects and compositing, technology and art combined and coordinated operation. The main contents of the course include the origin, classification, production principles, methods and techniques of the fixed frame animation and practical production process.

101303123001   Flash   (2 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Photoshop

Flash is a very simple and very practical operation of the animation software, Flash can be not only used in producing internet animation but also in producing television, the media broadcast animated feature films, series of films. The course contains learning the interface of Flash, drawing tools, introduction function, the principle of making animations, gradually frame animations, shape complement animations, shape hint, action complement animations, the specially good effect of time axes, animations of the introduction level, animations of shadowing, the basic program of Action Script, application components, comprehensive actual combat. Finally, students are required to master applying Flash, be able to make animation short films using Flash, the platform of multimedia interaction, net games. Students are required not only to be able to design animations through the method of interactive operations, but also have solid acquisition of the application of the instruction of Action.

101303123009   3D Modeling and Character Animation   (3 cr.)

After systematically learning the operations of Maya, students are able to deeply understand the whole process of making animations, and be equal to the work such as basic animations, establishing models, heading ads, column package and so on. At this stage, the course starts from teaching the basic interface of Maya, involving model establishment, materials, lighting disposition, basics of animations of Maya.

101303123006   Animation VFX and Combination   (2 cr.)

Learning this course aims to master the principle of the after effects, to have enough experience of the most popular post-production platform, and to laid a solid foundation for computer after effects in terms of theory and technique. It requires to skillfully using after effects, and students are required to be able to make short films, audio and video. And students are required to not only be able to design animations using the method of interactive operations, but also have deep understanding of the application of the instruction of Expression.  

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