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Animation

Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3072

Extent: 15-25 ECTS

Language: Finnish or English

Organizing department: Department of Film, Television and Scenography

Professor in charge: Anne Lakanen

Administrative contact: Study Coordinator Ilona Virtanen

Target group: Primarily students of ELO and Aalto ARTS; some courses are available for all students of Aalto University and of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Application procedure:

The normal application periods for internal mobility and JOO (flexible right to study) apply.

Application period and instructions for Aalto University students:

Students of other Finnish universities apply for the minor during the JOO application period in the JOOPAS system https://haku.joopas.fi

Along with the application, students are required to submit a motivation letter and a preliminary plan on minor studies.

Number of available places and restrictions: Some courses are open for all, while for productions, no more than 12 students are admitted per academic year. The only application period for the minor is in Spring. If there are more eligible students than places are available, ARTS students majoring in Film and Television and Scenography will be given preference.

Prerequisities: see Number of available places and restrictions

Name of the minor in other languages: Animaatio (fi), Animerad film (swe)

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

Students will gain insight into the particular characteristics, methods and possibilities of animation, and learn about the variety and job descriptions of the field. The minor develops and complements the students’ technical skills in making an animated film. Students acquire professional practices of making an animated production.

Content of the minor

The studies allow students to deepen their knowledge of methods of character animation through exercises, analysis and animation history. Animation techniques include puppet animation, cutout animation, object animation and hand-drawn animation, digital 2D or 3D animation and combinations of the different animation techniques. Students familiarise themselves with the possibilities offered by animation in different expression forms, different film genres (fiction and documentaries), in games and on the internet, as well as the use of virtual characters and sets as well as special effects. The minor includes courses in screenwriting, production design, sound design and editing, all adapted to animation.

The contents of the minor are tailored for each student as agreed with the teacher-in-charge of the minor. Students choose an entity suitable for their learning objectives (15–25 cr) from the course selection of the minor. Other students than ELO students are recommended to take the courses ELO-C3013 Avid 1 and ELO-C3038 Adobe Premiere to gain the prerequisite knowledge.

Structure

Code

Name

Credits

Research-Oriented Thinking

ELO-C3039

Basics in Animation Expression

1-3

Animation Exercises

ELO-C3040

Making Film Characters Live

2-4

ELO-C3041

Idea to Manuscript

2-4

ELO-C3042

From Planning to Storyboarding

1-2

ELO-CXXX

Animation Reading Circle: Richard Williams

1-5

Basics of Animation Production

ELO-C3043

Animatics and Production Proposals

1-2

Set Design and Character Creation in Animation

ELO-C3044

Workshop, Staging and Props

1-6

Animation Filming

ELO-C3045

Animation, Animation Filming and Lighting

 4-14

Post Production

ELO-C2510

Editing

1-2

ELO-C3047

Sound Design

1-6

ELO-C3048

Digital Image Processing

1-6

Technology (Recommended)

ELO-C3013 AVID 1 1
ELO-C3038 Adobe Premiere 1

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