Advanced 3D Animation and Multimedia

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 261

       Course Name: Advanced 3D Animation and Multimedia

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 260 or instructor’s consent

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents working knowledge of 3D animation production. Topics include modeling, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering. Students create complex animation sequences including mechanical and character animations. Autodesk Maya used as the main software.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how animation productions are created.
  2. Design and produce animation and modeling productions.
  3. Explain the limitations of modeling and animation.
  4. Create and render three-dimensional objects.
  5. Create animations of three-dimensional objects in space.
  6. Use the modeling and animation thought process to create animated productions.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Thought Processes
    1. Modeling
    2. Lighting
    3. Shading
    4. Image organization
    5. Animation
    6. Rendering
  2. Modeling
    1. Display Layers
    2. Viewpoint Windows
    3. Channel Box, Attribute Editor, Modeling Toolkit
    4. Outliner
    5. Hierarchy window
  3. Lighting
  4. Camera
    1. Multiple cameras
    2. Focal length
    3. Depth of field
    4. Fisheye
  5. Shader
    1. Surface Properties
    2. Color channels
    3. Reflective
    4. Texture Maps
  6. Animating shapes, paths and cross sections
  7. Rotoscoping
    1. Background movies
    2. Movies as objects
  8. Animating lights and cameras
    1. Camera movement
    2. Camera adjustments
    3. Targets
    4. Light adjustments
    5. Ligiting effects and light movements
  9. Rendering and file formats
    1. Hard disk
    2. Sequential files
  10. Output equipment
    1. Video recording
    2. Non-linear recording and editing systems
    3. Industrial standards

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures, slide presentations and computer work in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in classes and labs.
  2. Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
  3. Complete assigned exercises and print finished work.
  4. Final Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Flash drive or portable hard drive
  • Blank CD disk

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

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

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.