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Motion Graphics and Visual FX Concentration Curriculum
The Motion Graphics and Visual FX concentration of the Certificate in Film Program is a five quarter cohort sequence.
CSFA-301 Language of Film (5 credits)
CSFA-415 History of Cinema* (5 credits)
PROD-321 Production 1 (5 credits)
PROD-341 Fundamentals of Editing (5 credits)
PROD-463 Capstone Project (5 credits)
PROD-489 Professional Practices (5 credits)
PROD-499 Special Topics (5 credits)
Core Elective: PROD-481 Professional Internship Program (1-6 credits)
3D Animation 1 introduces the essential concepts of 3D digital modeling and animation. In the class, students develop a basic understanding of the user interface and navigational tools of 3D programs. Students will learn basic techniques in modeling, animation and rendering, 3D lighting, and camera movement.
ANIM-410: 3D Animation 2 (5)
3D Animation 2 provides an environment for students to turn previously created 2D designs into 3D animations. The course instructs students in the creation of 3D assets and effects for film projects, and also provides an introduction to the use of texture, as well as the creation and application of texture maps.
CSFA-301 Language of Film (5)
Language of Film provides an overview of film analysis through a study of basic elements of film structure including cinematography, editing, composition set design, color, and sound and the ways in which each contributes to a film’s meaning.
CSFA-415 History of Cinema (5)
History of Cinema provides a survey of the history of cinema with specific attention to the development of the medium from its beginnings and the Hollywood studio system to international cinema.
MOGR-301 Fundamentals of Digital Imaging (5)
Fundamentals of Digital Imaging provides an introduction to the basics of creating and manipulating bitmap and vector images. Students will become familiar with the user interfaces and basic tool sets of Photoshop and Illustrator, including masking, selections, and color correction. Students learn to apply these skills to the development of on-screen projects.
MOGR 310 Motion Graphics 1 (5)
Motion Graphics 1 provides an overview of After Effects, beginning with an introduction to the user interface and the basic tool set. The class covers the fundamentals of animating within the software, such as adding effects to graphic elements and video to create titles and sophisticated motion. In addition students learn about advanced techniques like rotoscoping, keying, and motion.
MOGR-330: Fundamentals of Color & Design (5)
Fundamentals of Color & Design explores the principles and elements of color and design. Students expand their knowledge of visual expression and conceptualization while beginning to develop an understanding of design concepts in relationship to motion graphics. An in-depth design process and methodology is emphasized in problem solving.
MOGR-410 Motion Graphics 2 (5)
Motion Graphics 2 addresses the history and theory of typography as applied to motion design. Typographic expression, legibility, and hierarchy are examined. The clarification of message and interpretation of content, through visual language is explored. The class also includes the study of letterforms, composition, proportion and grids.
MOGR-420: Visualization & Storyboarding
Visualization & Storyboarding provides an introduction into concept development and the visual expression of those ideas though storyboarding. Following industry standards, students are taught to produce motion graphic storyboards using the tools and techniques of digital software.
MOGR-430: Screen Design (5)
Screen Design explores the use of design principles and elements within motion design. Students problem solve matters of content, motion, and aesthetics by successfully applying design fundamentals and concepts. Film basics such as continuity, rhythm, and timing are emphasized. Students are introduced to the key concepts of the design process, screen composition, graphic transitions and content.
MOGR-440: 3D Motion Design (5)
3D Motion Design introduces students to the creation of 3D software art assets, including simple modeling, texturing, lighting, animating and rendering techniques. The class provides instruction in 3D space and the integration and compositing of 3D objects into live action footage within compositing software.
PROD-321: Production 1 (5)
Production 1 provides an introduction to the basic elements of camera operation and lighting with specific attention to the fundamentals of exposure and control of the image and provides an overview of the entire production process. Students complete two short individual projects and one small group project on Super 8 film.
PROD-341: Fundamentals of Editing (5)
Fundamentals of Editing provides an introduction to the art, theory, and craft of editing with detailed attention to the entire conceptual process from storyboarding to the final version. Students also gain practical experience and hands-on instruction in editing programs and edit projects produced in
PROD-463: Capstone Project (5)
Capstone Project provides the context for students to engage in a capstone project. Students develop either individual or collaborative work that demonstrates their cumulative skill-set and interests.
PROD-481: Professional Internship Program (1-6)
The Professional Internship Program (1-6) is open, as an elective, to all students who have completed at least 80 upper division credits for the BA in Film. Students are encouraged to use the program as a way of focusing and developing their career in the areas of producing that they are specifically interested in pursuing. The Professional Internship Program is managed through Career Services at Seattle Film Institute. Students, with program permission, may register for PROD—481.
PROD-489: Professional Practices (5)
Professional Practices bridges the gap between the film student and the working professional. Emphasis is on standard business practices as well as consolidating a body of work in a manner that best expresses the student’s abilities. Special attention is given to client interaction, appropriate portfolio preparation, and the development of contacts within the industry. Freelance guidelines, professional business practices, contract negotiation, and budgeting are also covered.
PROD-499: Special Topics (5)
Special Topics focuses on detailed investigations of new or emerging aspects of new media, film/digital production, television, and/or distribution and exhibition with active participation of visiting faculty and specialists.