CHR231 - Character Construction

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Subject Title
Character Construction

Subject Description
In the second semester students will be challenged to exaggerate both facial features and figures alike. More attention will be paid to having drawings communicate clearly, giving their drawn characters ?the illusion of life?.
Style and appeal begin to play a major role in this semester. Research and costume/asset design come into play. Students will also have several specific projects requiring that they produce characters that are expressive both physically and facially. In this semester students will also be required to mimic both style and structure of an existing design of their choosing as well as designing for transformation. Acting and performance in dynamic posing is also a focus and becomes more central to design.

Credit Status
Animation Advanced Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Character construction utilizing various dimensional forms.
  2. Structural drawing and its application to character design.
  3. Knowledge of dynamic posing enabling characters to communicate visually.
  4. Draw structurally.
  5. Draw basic dimensional forms in a variety of views.
  6. Draw characters that express emotion resulting in effective performances.
  7. Awareness of the amount of work and degree of skill required to produce successful character designs by a given deadline date.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.