Time + Location:
Arts# 193-04
Tuesdays 2:00 – 5:50 pm || IB 203

Course Description:
This course explores the fundamentals of storytelling through sequential image making. The focus is to introduce students to a variety of animation techniques, vocabulary, tools and history. Students will create three potential portfolio pieces while learning the basics of Stop Motion, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects — to create, digitize and animate artwork. 

Professor Info:
rebecca (marks) leopold | rebecca.leopold@qc.cuny.edu | site.rebeccaleopold.com
Office Hours by request

Course Requirements:
Students are expected to participate in class: contributing to class discussions, giving other students constructive feed back, arriving on time having thoughtfully completed the reading, technical and creative assignments. Computers and mobile devices must be silenced and not glowing during critique, in class screenings, technical demonstrations, class discussion and student presentations.

It is your responsibility to turn in work on time, to make up any missed assignments, and to catch up with the class in the event of an absence. Late work is unacceptable; however, this work can be turned in for partial credit. If you know you are going to be absent, contact the professor by email in advance. For the most up-to-date information (including what is due next class) visit the class website: introanimation.oldobjectsnewideas.com.

For the first half of the semester – individually or in pairs, each week students will present one of  Disney’s classic animation theory: the 12 Principles of Animation. You will explain, in your own words, what the principle is and provide examples of three different occurrences of the principle in the history of animation (** only 1 of which may be a Disney production). Presentations should be under FIVE minutes but you will be graded on your research, organization and public presentation.
12 Principle Presentations Schedule

Drawing skills are not necessary for this class, however, students are required to keep a sketchbook, and bring it to class every week. Each student should sketch, storyboard or write in their sketchbook daily. Students should bring an external storage device with them to class every week.

You are required to maintain a blog for this class. This is where you will post your homework assignments to then link to our class wiki. Think of it like a digital sketchbook – the blog is not meant to be a finished portfolio site, but a place for your creative process and works in progress.

Course Materials: 
*Lynda,*Vimeo, Github & FreeSound Accounts
   *External Storage Drive
   *Your Mobile Device

Mobile Devices:
Your device is required for this course. Make it a tool for you to use in this class, and not a device that directs your attention away from you and your classmates’ class time. It is okay if you do not have a mobile device.

Required Reading:
Understanding Comics — Scott McCloud
Programming Design Systems–Rune Madsen
Motion Graphics— Ian Crook & Peter Bear

Suggested Reading:
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation — Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnson
The Animator’s Survival Kit — Richard Williams

Every week students will be asked to read, watch and share a variety of media experiences as well as share the work they create during in class discussion and critique. Every week will be different. Please pay close attention to the syllabus online as these may change throughout the semester. Post homework to the wiki by 2pm the day of class.

Students will be asked to share images or videos as a means to turn in homework assignments. Students should set up and maintain a personal blog for this purpose. There are many free options that will offer you enough storage space for the semester. I suggest WordPress or Medium.

“Share” (or the class Wiki):
To turn in your homework you must link to it every week on the class wiki. Wherever it says “share” – you are required to post on the wiki, in the appropriate week. This is a collaborative web space that anyone in our class will be able to edit. There will be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to manipulating another classmate’s work. If you have questions on how to use this tool, do not hesitate to ask. To contribute to the wiki you must set up a Github account. We will do this in class on the first day.


You are expected to come to class, be on time and stay for the duration of class time. Two (unexcused) absences result in grade drop and four absences result in a failing grade. Late or early departure from class (15 minutes) is the equivalent of half an absence.

Participation 20%
Regular Assignments 15%
12 Principles Presentation 5%
Project One: GIF 10%
Project Two: Stop Motion 20%
Project Three: AE 10%
Final AE Project 20%

To earn an A
All class work and homework is excellent. Projects have been completed when assigned. The work shows a development and understanding of the principles discussed in class. It is presented immaculately. There is regular and prompt attendance and participation during critiques and an enthusiasm toward the material being presented throughout the semester. This is exceptional work.

To earn a B
All assigned work completed in a thorough manner. An understanding of the principles and lessons covered in class is evident. The student comes to class regularly and on time and participates in critiques and discussions. This is better than average work.

To earn a C
Most class assignments and homework have been completed. Regular attendance but minimal or negative class participation. There is understanding of most of what’s being presented in class. This student shows some interest in the course content. This is average work.

To earn a D
Most class assignments and homework have not been completed. Marginal effort made to understand the course objectives and very little or negative participation on behalf of the student. Spotty attendance. This means below average work.

To earn an F
Student has not completed 1⁄3 of the course work and has missed too many classes. This student doesn’t participate or has a bad attitude and shows no interest. It means not enough work, attendance, and/or effort to pass the class.