Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation

Academic Lead - Dr Dan Smith

Learning to understand the processes involved in 3D modelling and animation is essential for much of the work that takes place in digital media today. This module aims to introduce students to this exciting area, focussing on the principles and practices involved in digital animation.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the creation of 3D models and how they are used to create visual images and animations. The module will take a practical and hands on approach to learning and provide students with a real insight into the professional world of digital animation.

The module will tutor students on the use of Autodesk 3ds Max software and throughout the course of the programme they will learn to develop their own 3D models. Students will understand how 3D models can be modified in a variety of different ways, how to manipulate images, how apply a range of textures and surfaces, and explore ways of creating effects such as lighting for realism.

The module will be taught by members of the School of Computing Sciences’ Urban Modelling Group. Examples of their work can be found on the following webpages:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Apply skills in 3D modelling and animation. 
  • Analyse real world scenarios and proper character modelling solutions. 
  • Evaluate natural phenomena from an animation perspective and identify transformation methods for specific situations. 
  • Have gained experience of media design processes. 
  • Improved presentation skills. 
  • Improved analysis and problem-solving skills.

Field Trips

Field trips for this module will be confirmed shortly.

Prerequisites

Students should come equipped with an interest in learning about digital animation. No specific knowledge or experience is required.

School Profile

The School of Computing Sciences is one of the largest and most experienced computing schools in the UK, expertly blending excellent teaching, research, facilities and exciting course modules to offer a dynamic programme targeted at the job market. The research carried out by the school is what the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) called world leading or internationally excellent, and in the 2015 National Student Survey the School was ranked 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction. For more information, please visit the School of Computing Sciences webpages.

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