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FTR2011 CG Animation

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: CG Animation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Matthew Nielsen


Graduates in a variety of disciplines will increasingly be expected to have a basic familiarity with digital and multimedia technology as an important part of their professional preparation, particularly the key issues raised in the development of animation in its variety of forms.


A comprehensive, specialist course designed to develop professional CG animation skills for digital artists through production-focused learning environments. Students will develop a solid awareness of the processes involved in creating short animated sequences from first principles through to complete rendered sequences.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. define and develop methodologies of storytelling and narrative structures for animation
  2. use a variety of techniques to animate objects used in contemporary animated films, television and computer games
  3. understand animation from first principles
  4. demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the profession by producing an exercise portfolio
  5. demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise by creating a motion sequence as part of the exercise portfolio.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Digital storytelling methodologies 20.00
2. Animation concepts and applications 20.00
3. Animation principles 20.00
4. Animation pipelines and workflows 20.00
5. Development of short animated sequences. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course however students must have access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects CS6 or later.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO A 100 20 09 Aug 2019
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO B 100 30 02 Sep 2019
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO C 100 50 25 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.