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ca 295 – animation history spring 2011 2:15-3:30pm tues/thurs Professor: Stefan Hall, email: [email protected], phone: 419-783-2423 Office: 8 Dana Hall Office hours: 1-2pm MWF and by appointment The best way to contact me is via email. I will make a good faith effort to respond to you in less than 24 hours. If you email me right before class starts or an assignment is due, you may not get a timely response. Required Text: Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics (Revised Edition) by Maureen Furniss Supplemental Text: Masters of Animation by John Grant Course Description: Through lectures, discussions, and screenings, this course will trace historic innovations in the design, technical, and narrative aspects of film animation throughout the world, but orienting in the US. Cel-based (and now often digitally rendered) cartoons as well as with other genres (including paper animation, clay animation, and various experimental forms) are used to allow artists to directly share dreams and visions with a viewing audience. Required Screenings, Assignments and Exams: • Class Screenings: Introductory animation lectures/discussions will be supplemented by a variety of viewings, including animated shorts and feature-length films. • Screening Response Reflections: Periodically you will write short reflection papers on the animation we have watched in class. Questions will be provided to help guide your thoughtful analysis of the imagery, associated concepts, and their place in history. Dates when the responses are due are noted in the schedule. • Attendance and Participation: Your attendance and participation is worth 10% of your grade. While it may not seem like much at first, it does make a difference in your final grade. Course Objectives: 1. To know about important animators and studios in history. 2. To understand much of animation’s influence on popular culture and society. 3. To discuss major innovations developed in animation. 4. To distinguish among animation genres and styles. 5. To consider other impacts on animation, including copyright, propaganda, racism, and censorship. Course Outline: Hopefully you signed up for this class because you have a strong affinity for animation and wish to study it in a more structured context. Yes, you will still be able to enjoy animation for the scopophilic reasons that you already do, but augmented through a deeper understanding of the history of the medium and exposure to many different productions. This is not a course in kicking back and watching cartoons; unfortunately, animation has been marginalized in American society as something for children, and a study of the history of animation will clearly demonstrate this is not the case. The course is designed to help people understand how animation conveys ideas and values, how animation creates meaning, engages audiences (of all ages), and functions in the entertainment marketplace. Careful analysis will make us more informed, empowered, and thoughtful animation aficiandos as well as deepening our appreciation of the art. Student Class Conduct: Failure to follow may result in dismissal from class. CA 295 – Animation History 1• Be on time and expect to stay the entire class period. • Put away all cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and other handheld devices before class begins. Students who do not comply will find that their grade will be penalized. • Be an active listener and an active class participant. Pay attention, take notes, ask pertinent questions; do not read newspapers, magazines, or books from other classes; do not use class time to visit with friends via texting. “Life is in session, are you present?” • Good communication is key. Please respect all opinions expressed by everyone in the class. • Food and drink: Unless you have a serious medical situation (e.g., diabetes) and have particular dietary needs, everyone should be okay with a granola bar, a cup of yogurt, a bottle of water, and/or a cup of coffee – something small and handy. • Do not come to class in an altered state of consciousness (tempting as though it may be). Accommodations Policy for Students with Disabilities: Defiance College is committed to providing educational opportunities for qualified students with documented disabilities through the provision of reasonable accommodations, in compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to educational opportunities without altering essential elements of programs or courses. All requests for accommodations are evaluated on an individual basis after review and evaluation of documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to request necessary accommodations and to do so as early as possible, as some accommodations may require time to implement. Students with a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability must submit appropriate documentation to Defiance College’s Accessibility Services Coordinator, Lisa Marsalek, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Career Development at Extension 2366 or [email protected] Please refer to pages 20-21 of the Course Catalog for Defiance College’s Accommodations Policy for Students with Disabilities which includes the documentation required for accommodations. Defiance College Academic Integrity Policy: All members of the DC community are expected to engage in their academic tasks with integrity and respect for others. A major part of the learning accomplished in college is the development of critical thinking skills, and these skills are only developed when each person’s work reflects his or her own original thought. Defiance College is committed to helping each student to understand and practice the highest degree of integrity in his or her academic work, and to take from that work the greatest intellectual and ethical benefit. The basic rule for academic honesty is that a student’s work should always be his or her own. Any misrepresentation in academic work, including plagiarism, is a form of academic dishonesty. Examples of dishonest academic practices include, but are not limited to, using unauthorized notes or material during an exam, exchanging information with another student during an exam (regardless of whether or not both students are aware of the exchange),


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