Undergraduate Degree




DT3006 Animation Seminar

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DT2001; Academic Unit: 4.0]




Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

Through practice-based teaching, to place into a single context the many creative and production issues that inform animation practice. To develop the student’s ability to work in a realistic production environment.


This course focuses on the ideation, development, planning and production of an animation project. Topics include story development, layout design, colour design, character design and motion animation. The course centres on the production of a finished animation which may be 2D, 3D, stop motion or a combination of all. Students will develop the skills that they have learned in other courses and will work as individuals or as part of a group.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

- Start of pre-production

- Propose project assignment idea

2 - 6

• Basic cinematography 

• Develop, brainstorm and storyboard 

• Develop and finalise visual development 

• Develop and finalise the character design

• Finalise the animatic 

• Develop and finalise the assets (props, backgrounds, environments etc)

• Start production


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Test animation

• Test lighting and rendering

• Work towards finalising project assignment

• Post production

• Polish


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will place within a larger, production-based context the skills that they have learned in other courses. They will learn how to serve their creative needs by a methodological and team based production approach.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Ed Hooks, Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation, Heinem​ann Drama

  2. Richard Williams, The Animators Survival Kit, Faber and Faber

  3. Kate Alexander, Karen Sullivan, Garry Schumer, Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories, Focal Press

  4. Francis Glebas, Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding, Focal Press