MDIA 1009 - CGI and Visual Effects I

Adelaide College of ArtsandDes - Semester 2 - 2019

This course provides an introduction to the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema. Students are taught the practical and theoretical aspects of the movie and TV making process so they understand where computer generated imagery fits in to the workflow of a production.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 1009
    Course CGI and Visual Effects I
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Adelaide College of ArtsandDes
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible Not available to students who have entered BMedia program via TAFE articulation
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with basic computer graphic applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro
    Restrictions Available to BMedia, BCtveArts students only
    Course Description This course provides an introduction to the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema. Students are taught the practical and theoretical aspects of the movie and TV making process so they understand where computer generated imagery fits in to the workflow of a production.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Bowd

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Create and manipulate 3D geometry
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of basic lighting principles and associated rendering techniques
    3 Create 2D texture maps for use with 3D models
    4 Integrate 3D into live action footage
    5 Apply animation principles to 3D models
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Facilities and resources will be provided through the Creative Industries Centre, Tea Tree Gully; some additional resources will be available to students through the Discipline of Media, University of Adelaide.
    Recommended Resources
    Access to following applications: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects.
    Online Learning
    Students will be provided with access to the online system used at the Creative Industries Centre. Essential information on enrolment and other administrative information will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Practice-based learning.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    96 hours class teaching; approximately 210 hours of independent work to complete assignments
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a practice-based course that provides a thorough grounding in the essential skills required to use industry-standard, computer graphic applications. Students complete tasks assigned in workshop classes under the active instruction of members of CIC staff.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at classes conducted at Creative Industries Centre, Tea Tree Gully
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Lecturer-led software demonstrations with students submitting files at end of lessons and individual projects demonstrating knowledge acquired during formative exercises.

    Rationale for assessment: Assessment is entirely determined by teaching staff of the Creative Industries Centre and identical in every respect to the approach and standards used in the equivalent qualifications regularly taught through the CIC. A joint management group comprising senior staff from both the University and CIC will monitor assessment processes and student outcomes.
    Assessment Detail
    Available on enrolment.
    Available on enrolment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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