In Animation you will learn the basics of animation and motion graphics. By taking this course you will become proficient in the principles of animation and become adept with a variety of professional-level computer programs. By the end of the year you will have made walk cycle, learned how to create a variety of animation effects and illusions, completed a full cartoon with sound and dialogue, and have learned how to use the Adobe Flash program to a very high level.
By the end of this course, students will be prepared to take and pass the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Flash. This is a professional level exam and taking it is up to you. Information on taking the exam is here. Rogers ISD does not pay for this exam, but if you take it and pass it, many colleges will use the certification to replace beginning computer courses and, of course, employers are looking for proof of professional competence.
Is Animation an easy class? No, but it's a whole lot of fun! What other class will you be assigned to watch cartoons? Animation can be tedious and time-consuming and in the beginning can be very frustrating. The programs we use are professional quality programs and are not easy to master. However, all of our students who follow instruction and pay attention in class DO master the programs and become animators.
Animation is a challenging class and with some extra planning and effort, you can create work that can be submitted for college credit. There is no AP class or national test in Animation, but this class could be used to create work that could be submitted in a Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D-Design Portfolio, which is recommended for those going in to gaming, computer graphics, movie/video production or any of the arts and advertising fields. If you are interested in submitting a portfolio, please talk to Mrs. Wilde about the requirements.
Where can you use the skills you learn in Animation? Most people think of animation as a very narrow field, but in the last few years it has exploded in importance and the skills you learn in this class will be used directly in the fields of computer games and design, educational/medical/military simulations, movie special effects, 3D movies, web design and programming, advertising, as well as the traditional cartoons, movies, and shows we all love to watch. Studies by the National Endowment for the Arts project that the number of jobs that need animation skills will grow by 14% in the next few years. Animation students at Rogers will need to expect that they will be moving from the area to get beginning jobs in animation, but like most jobs in the arts and in the tech world, once you're experienced there is no reason a business can't be established here. There are professional independent studios as close as Waco, Temple, and Austin.
Texas has the fourth largest population of animators in the US and Texas animators earn, on average, about $55,000/year. Look at the link to read more information about further animation education in Texas and employment. It's not just cartoons, folks.
Do you need drawing skills to be an animator? No, you don't need traditional drawing skills. What you do need is a good sense of design, creativity and the ability to communicate your thoughts and ideas to other people in a visual way. You also need the ability to concentrate on a task and focus on detailed, repetative work. Good drawing, however, is a great advantage and to encourage you to think visually and to strenghten your drawing skills all students are required to turn in a sketchbook with assigned drawings once a week.
The computer programs used in all of Roger ISD's animation classes are Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop , Garageband and I-Movie.
Basic computer technology class, Adobe Photoshop, and art classes are all helpful. Creativity, attention to detail, patience, computer literacy, good eye/hand coordination, moderate math skills and a good work ethic are needed to be successful in this class.
All students will need to provide a bound sketchbook, pencil and kneaded eraser.
It is HIGHLY recommended that Animation students have a personal copy of The Animator's Survival Kit, REVISED Expanded Edition: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators by Richard Williams. Make sure you order the newest 2012 edition. This book is the bible for animation students and I haven't seen an animation college class that didn't require it.
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