Module details for Elementary Animation


This module will focus on developing the student's observation of motion as well as developing the student's ark skills in relation to animation. Technical and aesthetic factors central to the generation of convincing animated objects will be introduced.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of motion and its varying application to digital imagery in 2D mediums.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Utilise traditional drawing skills to extend understanding of anatomy, balance, force and movement with reference to animation.

2.  Utilise traditional drawing skills to extend understanding of anatomy, balance, force and movement with reference to animation.

3.  Define and apply the classical principles of animation, physical laws and mechanics of motion in the creation of an animated digital art piece.

Indicative Content

1 Drawing for animation:

Extend understanding of anatomy, form and movement through life drawing to create dynamic poses for animation purposes.

2 Planning for Animation

Apply appropriate pre-production and planning techniques, including time charts, thumbnails and storyboards.

3 Timing for Animation

Experiment with timing to create clear, readable actions with consideration as to how these may be interpreted by an audience.

4 Body Mechanics

Analyse and practically explore believable weight and interconnectivity of aspects of an animated form.

5 Non-Character Based Movement

Apply force, weight and timing techniques to non-character-based animation.

6 Real-world/Animated Physics

Explore the difference between physical actions in the real world and in animated scenarios of varying levels of stylisation and exaggeration.

7 Basic audio

Analyse the effective use of audio to aid motion.

8 Application of Amimation

Define and practically explore the different applications of 2D animation.


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 9
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 27
Assessment 84
Independent 80
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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