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Course Description

In this course, students develop a solid understanding of the principles of animation and the art of storytelling as the foundation for creating sequential narratives-cartoons, graphic novels, movies, videos. The class helps students find their voice and artistic style as they create an animated short, from concept to finished work. The course is an excellent opportunity for those curious about animation to learn the entire process. Digital tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, are introduced.

NOTE: This course requires students to bring a modern computer laptop to class to complete course assignments outside of scheduled computer lab times. The New School provides all degree and credit-seeking students (enrolled in the current term) with subscriptions for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of animation including character development, storylines, narratives, motion and gesture, and staging.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of animation types, styles, and creative processes.
  • Acquire both analog and digital skills pertinent to animation design including hand-drawing, hand-crafting, digital illustration, digital photography and video, digital input, image editing, and digital output in a variety of presentation formats.
  • Acquire the skills to create and curate a cohesive body of design work that supports a visual narrative expressive of an individual and evolving design identity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative creative process by maintaining analog and/or digital process journals/sketchbooks documenting research, ideation studies, resolved designs, commentary, and self-reflection.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an art and design studio practice by participating in lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques

Additional Information

This course is one offering from our Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details.

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