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Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation

Overview

Course Overview

The BA curriculum introduces the student to a broad range of artistic, creative and academic skills to develop a deep understanding of the creative processes of animation storytelling. In this programme students apply their artistic talents to the development of their animation storytelling skills.

The animation degree curriculum focuses on digital 3D and digital 2D animation skills within the context of traditional 2D animation principles. There is however a strong emphasis on developing and refining traditional fine art skills such as drawing, painting and sculpture to support the creative processes involved in character and story development for animation.


Course Aims:

Animation has become ubiquitous in contemporary society and the accessibility to digital media has made acquiring animation skills fairly easy. However, animation is not only a technique, but also an art, with strong roots in the fine arts, illustration and comics. 

This programme not only offers the necessary digital skills on 2D and 3D platforms, but includes practical art workshops in a number of artistic techniques and various theory modules to develop a critical understanding of the field and discourse of animation. The final year of study includes a major practical project that forms the centerpiece of the student’s portfolio. The student can choose to complete the graduation project in either digital 3D, or 3D stopmotion, or digital 2D.


QUALIFICATION
Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation

SAQA ID: 94949; Duration 3 years; NQF Level 7; Exit Level Credits 360

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg

Skills

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Visual and Narrative Story design
  • Character Design and Animation
  • 3D Animation in Maya®
  • 2D Animation in Toonboom®
  • 3D Stop Motion Animation
  • Animation Industry knowledge
  • Art and Design skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture
  • Animation History and Theory
  • Media Literacy and Research skills

Careers

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Character Animator in 2D or 3D
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D
  • Environment Artist in 2D or 3D
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist

Modules

Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation
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Semester 1 - Year 1
Art History Motion Design 1: Drawing for Animation Fine Art 1: DrawingHistory of Animation Film and Television
History of Animation Film and TelevisionAcademic Literacy
Semester 2 - Year 1
Digital 2D Animation 1: TOONBOOM Digital 3D Animation 1: MAYAStoryboarding and IllustrationVisual Narrative Design: Production Pipeline
Media Literacy
Semester 3 - Year 2
Digital 2D Animation 2 : TOONBOOMDigital 3D Animation 2 : MAYAMotion Design 2: Drawing for AnimationFine Art 2: Painting and Sculpture for Animation
Art History 2
Semester 4 - Year 2
Research BasicsDigital 2D Animation 3: TOONBOOMDigital 3D Animation 3: MAYAStop Motion 3D Creative Practical Project
Semester 5 - Year 3
Creative Project: Pre ProductionDigital Animation 4Applied Research: Creative Project Thesis
Semester 6 - Year 3
Creative Project: Production and PostThe Business of AnimationInteractive Animation Design

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

Semester 1
Art History
Motion Design 1: Drawing for Animation
Fine Art 1: Drawing
History of Animation Film and Television
Academic Literacy
Semester 2
Digital 2D Animation 1: TOONBOOM
Digital 3D Animation 1: MAYA
Storyboarding and Illustration
Visual Narrative Design: Production Pipeline
Media Literacy
Semester 3
Digital 2D Animation 2 : TOONBOOM
Digital 3D Animation 2 : MAYA
Motion Design 2: Drawing for Animation
Fine Art 2: Painting and Sculpture for Animation
Art History 2
Semester 4
Research Basics
Digital 2D Animation 3: TOONBOOM
Digital 3D Animation 3: MAYA
Stop Motion 3D Creative Practical Project
Semester 5
Creative Project: Pre Production
Digital Animation 4
Applied Research: Creative Project Thesis
Semester 6
Creative Project: Production and Post
The Business of Animation
Interactive Animation Design

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

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Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.
 

Additional Entry Requirements

There may be additional entry requirements pertinent to your field of study, these will be communicated to you upon application.

Fees and Payments

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