Digital 2D Animation and Multimedia

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 268

       Course Name: Digital 2D Animation and Multimedia

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 216 or consent of the instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces students to digital animation techniques and principles. Students apply the principles of animation by creating object/shape-based keyframe animations and hand-drawn frame by frame animations. Several Adobe applications used to create animations for the course, including Photoshop, Animate and/or After Effects.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the importance of the aesthetics and styles of animation.
  2. Plan and write scripts for short animations
  3. Draw storyboards for animated scenes
  4. Demonstrate a variety of animation techniques.
  5. Apply the basic principles of animation.
  6. Integrate animation and sound for effective storytelling.

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. Principles of Animation Art
  2. Frame by frame digitally hand drawn techniques
  3. Shape based animations (tweening/keyframe interpolation)
  4. Articulated characters
  5. Scriptwriting, storyboarding, narrative storytelling through animation
  6. Integrating audio into animations

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, 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. Flash Drive, portable hard drive or CD’s
  2. Pad of sketch paper (12” x 18” to 18” x 24”)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights
  1. Quizzes 15%
  2. Attendance and Participation 15%
  3. Final Exam 20%
  4. Projects 50%

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.

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.

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.