ME:120.723 :: Digital Imaging IV – 2D Animation

Course Description

Offered: Fourth Quarter, First Year
Instructors: Jennifer E. Fairman, Associate Professor
Credits: 3 credit hours

Theory and techniques for creation of dynamic animation, optimized for electronic presentation media, including CD or DVD presentation, video and Internet broadcast.

Course Objectives

  • Secure a working knowledge of the animation production process, including, outline and script, storyboard, audio and image production and implementation.
  • Create didactic animation sequence for electronic publication.
  • Understand the principles of raster-based animation and authoring application Adobe After Effects.
  • Recognize factors involved in creating dynamic file types such as frame rate, data rate, bit depth, and how these factors affect playback.
  • Understand considerations for preparing artwork for various broadcast media.
  • Render and publish animation on CD or DVD


Course syllabus, Macintosh or PC computer hardware and software, specifically Adobe After Effects 7.0, removable media, scanners, Ethernet/internet connectivity, stylus-based input devices, CD-ROM drives, laser and color printers. Software manuals, tutorials, and third-party books and handouts on various computer topics will also be made available.

Course Assignments

Students will further develop their skills through class lectures/teaching demonstrations, and class exercises, including:

  • Researching the assigned topic
  • Creating an outline, storyboard and script
  • Recording, editing and implementing digital sound files
  • Creating base-art in Adobe Photoshop
  • Choreographing animation in After Effects
  • Rendering animation for publication or broadcast

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Evaluation is weighted on storyboards (with script) and final animations
  • Final grade


Refer to First Year Calenders and Class Schedule included in Course Syllabus

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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