DIS5201 - 3D animation - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tamara Jordan (Sem 1)
Mr Jeff Janet (Sem 2)


Dr Tamara Jordan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


DIS4201 or permission of the course coordinator


Introduces the methods and processes involved in creating 3D animation. The key areas of 3D animation will be examined, and various modes of output demonstrated. Different applications of CGI (computer generated imagery), such as motion graphics, character animation and virtual environments are discussed. 3D models will be used to generate movement which involves understanding key sequences, framing and inbetweening.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to use 3D imaging software to create 3D animations;
  2. have an understanding of the principles of designing for animation in three dimensions;
  3. be able to apply surface qualities, lighting, textures, and imported graphic files to elements in a three dimensional animation;
  4. understand and manipulate camera properties and viewer perspectives;
  5. be able to prepare animation sequences for inclusion in multimedia presentations;
  6. understand the various applications of 3D animation and virtual space in multimedia;
  7. have knowledge of the various tools and techniques used for realtime 3D computer graphic applications;
  8. be able to analyse the effective use of 3D animation in multimedia;
  9. have developed an individual understanding of an aspect of a specific application of 3D animation and virtual space in multimedia;
  10. Observe and apply the OHSE requirements of the working environment.


Major projects (70%)

Exercises and journal (30%)

Workload requirements

2 lecture hours, 2 studio hours, and 8 hours of independent study per week

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