Five College Consortium

Animating Characters

Subject Name: 

Cognitive Science

Course Number: 
Hampshire College
This course will explore the art of creating animated characters across a range of media. Our explorations will be driven by questions such as: What are the relationships between how we visually perceive motion in our physical surroundings and the illusion of motion expressed through image sequences? How can the mechanics of locomotion be constructed so that they appear to be driven by biological control? How can volition or emotion be expressed through movement? Throughout the term, we will investigate these questions and more through hands-on assignments, critique sessions, and analytical discussions of screenings, readings, and live examples. Project work will include stop-motion, traditional hand-drawn, and 3D computer animation production, culminating in substantial final projects of each student's own design. Prerequisite: An evaluation or passing grade from a college-level drawing, animation, acting, or film/video course.

Independent Work

Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
Linked Course Comments: 

This course has unspecified prerequisite(s) - please see the instructor.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Animating Characters
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Christopher Bishop

02:30PM-05:20PM W

Adele Simmons Hall 126