CHR331 - Character Development

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Subject Title
Character Development

Subject Description
In the third and final semester, students will be tasked with a more specific design based project designed to reinforce the more advanced elements of character design learned to date, including more variety in design styles, colour exploration, presentation skills and dynamic character interaction.
Students will also be introduced to the maquette building process as a 3D visualization tool. Characters designed in this semester can in turn be used in other classes, including: Storyboarding and later on in 4th semester animation. The focus will be on development of a professional quality model pack, which displays a variety of dynamic styles, poses, expressions and attitudes.

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. -Structural drawing and its application to character design.
  2. Knowledge of dynamic expression/posing enabling characters to communicate visually.
  3. The creation of a character in an actual 3D form
  4. Draw structurally in a variety of views
  5. Draw characters that express effective emotion resulting in effective performances.
  6. Effectively sculpt a 3D version of chosen final 2D character design.
  7. Display flexibility and adaptation in style execution
  8. Display ability to clean up and digitally colour final designs to industry standard.
  9. Responsible awareness of the amount of work and degree of skill required to produce successful character designs by a given deadline.

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.

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.