3D Animation and Multimedia
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 260
Course Name: 3D Animation and Multimedia
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. To design and produce multimedia productions.
C. To explain the limitations of multimedia productions and presentations.
D. To create and render three-dimensional objects.
E. To animate three-dimensional objects in space.
F. To distinguish between two-dimensional and three-dimensional renderings.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
o The Record of a sneeze
• Lumiere brothers
o “Workers leaving the Lumiere factory”
• Edward Muybridge
o Animal locomotion
o Human locomotion
Start of animation
o Gertie the dinosaur
• “Steamboat Willie”
• “Pinocchio and Fantasia”
• Principles of animation and the history of the studio
Animation and the computer
• “2001: A Space Odyssey”
• “Toy Story”
• Major changes from traditional animation to computer animation
Definition of Animation
Twelve Principles of Animation
• Setting views
• Animation paths
• Key frames
• Modification of paths
• Frame numbers
• File types
o Refresh rates
• Inputs and Manipulation
o Frames per second
o Titles and type
o Editing and effects
o Analog and Digital Cameras
• Assemblies and Production
o Planning and Storyboards
o Multimedia work area
o Testing and preview
History of computer graphics
• Pixels per inch
• Print attributes
• Image sizing
• Balance, rhythm and harmony
• Tone, texture, and form
Drawing in three-dimensional space
Absolute vs. Relative
Center of field
Open and closing
Paste and imbed
Types of lights
Color of light
Final aspect and resolution
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Take final exam
C. Produce three clips, and produce 4 8x10 prints exhibiting modeling techniques and shading
D. Attend all classes and labs
IX. Instructional Materials
A. Flash drive or portable hard drive
B. 11 x 14 mount board and white museum grade board for matting
C. 12 sheets of Ink-Jet glossy paper
D. CD-Rs or DVDs
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
• Quizzes 25%
• Critiques 25%
• Final Exam 25%
• Final Critique 25%
B. Evaluation Criteria
• Modeling, Shading quality and editing
• Animation quality and the use of the twelve principles of animation
• Technical quality relating to issues of compression, rendering and pixalization
• Print quality
• Use of modeling and shading techniques
The critiques offer students the opportunity to show their work to the class and to the instructor and obtain feedback critical to the development of their work. There will be four critiques, with the following work due at each critique:
Critique #1: Video clip #1
Critique #2: Video clip #2
Critique #3: 4 prints mounted and finished
Final Critique #4: Video clip #3 and portfolio review of all assignments
D. Final Examination: The final examination consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions will be administered on the date indicated on the class schedule.
E. Quizzes will be administered at the critiques.
F. Attendance: Attendance is mandatory at critiques and quizzes. Students who miss a critique (unless cleared by the instructor) will receive a 0 grade for that quiz and critique.
G. Assignments: All assignments are due at the critiques, as scheduled.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.