ME:120.724 :: Digital Imaging V – Web Animation & Interactivity

Course Description

Offered: First Quarter, Second Year in addition to “The Portfolio” course
Instructors: Jennifer E. Fairman, Associate Professor, Lead Instructor
Michael Linkinhoker, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Credits: 3 credit hours

Theory and techniques for creation of dynamic vector animation and interactivity, optimized for electronic presentation media, including web and CD or DVD presentation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • UNDERSTAND THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF FLASH:
    Secure a working knowledge of basic animation and interactivity and the ability to incorporate previous learned tasks of production process, including, outline and script, storyboard, audio and image production and implementation.
  • CREATE VECTOR ANIMATION:
    Understand the principles of vector-based animation and authoring application
    Flash CS4
    Create didactic animation sequence for electronic publication.
  • ADD INTERACTIVITY:
    Using Buttons
    Utilizing ActionScript
    Create the beginnings of an electronic portfolio
  • PUBLISH AND OPTIMIZE
    Animation and portfolio application for web or on CD or DVD

Resources

Course syllabus, Macintosh or PC computer hardware and software, specifically Flash CS3, Flash CS3 Help and Tutorials, other Adobe software, 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/demonstrations, tutorials and class exercises, including:

  • In-class demos and tutorials
  • Choosing a topic to animate
  • Creating base-art in Flash and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop
  • Choreographing animation in Flash FLA files
  • Adding interactivity with basic ActionScript
  • Introducing Navigation and Electronic Portfolios
  • Rendering SWFs for publication or broadcast

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Review of storyboards
  • Final grade

Schedule

Refer to 1st year calendars and syllabi.


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

 

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