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Advanced Web Animation and Multimedia I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 268

       Course Name: Advanced Web Animation and Multimedia I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 259

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers some major animation packages available for web, including GIF, Shockwave and Flash. Content includes development of effective animation design within the limitations of the medium, and methods of using digital sound to complement visual graphics in production of web page designs. Macromedia Flash is used as the main software.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To understand the importance of the appearance of multimedia.
2.    To demonstrate the ability to create effective multimedia.
3.    To understand the basic principles of animation and apply them to web design.
4.    To integrate animation and sound for effective web design.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Principles of Animation Art
           1.    The 12 fundamentals
           2.    Cell animation
           3.    Onion skinning
           4.    Cycling
           5.    Frame rate
           6.    Key frames
           7.    Tweening

B.    Rules and formats
          1.    GIF and JPEG
          2.    QuickTime and AVI
          3.    Compression
          4.   Size

C.   Streaming

D.    Web based Audio

E.    Animated GIF

F.    QuickTime
          1.    Technology
          2.    Movies and animation
          3.    Procedures for creating QuickTime

G.    Shockwave and Flash
          1.    Space to time
          2.    Key frames and tweening
H.    Applet Design
I.    Authoring

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands on studio time at the College’s computer workstations.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.  Attend all classes and lab sessions
2.  Attend all critiques with completed work
3.  Complete all artwork by due date
4.  Maintain professional attitude

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

1.    1.3 and 1/2inch high capacity disks
2.    Zip disk
3.    Ink jet paper

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights

    1.    3 Quizzes      25%
    2.    3 Critiques     25%
    3.    Final Test       25%
    4.    Final Critique  25%

Quizzes will be administered at the critiques. There will be three quizzes, each with multiple choice questions. The critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class.  This allows each student to obtain feedback on the work presented.  There will be four critiques including the final.  The first three critiques constitute 25% of the grade and the final critique constitutes 25% of the grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

Open lab times will be announced at the beginning of each semester.


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.