Animation – Semester 1

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Animation – Semester 1

Recommended Grade Level: 11 - 12

Are you inherently creative? Do you have an eye for drawing, technology, and timing? If so, 2D Animation is the course for you! 2D animation creates movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. And in this course, you will learn the necessary skills to do just that. 2D Animation will give you the tools to conceptualize and bring your animation dreams to life! Using a variety of software and design programs, you’ll have the power to transform your creative notions into reality! Design, define, and complete a variety of digital design projects including creating your own website! Learning about 2D Animation could lead to a thriving career in the growing world of technology and animation!

Credit: 0.5





Required Materials:

The following program will need to be downloaded for use during the course:

  • Stop Motion Studio App
  • The following free, cross-platform programs will need to be downloaded for use during the course (programs will run on Windows XP and higher, Linux and Mac computers):
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
  • Tupi 2D Magic
  • Blender
  • Audacity
  • OpenShot

Required Computer System Requirements:

  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32-bit dual core
  • 2Ghz CPU
  • An OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card or chip

Recommended Items and Computer System Requirements:

  • Smartphone or tablet computer
  • Computer with keyboard that includes number pad
  • 64-bit quad core CPU
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • HD display
  • Three-button mouse
  • OpenGL 3.2 compatible graphics card with 2 GB of RAM

Additional Materials Required for Unit 1:

  • Stop Motion Studio (or similar stop motion app/software)
  • Modeling clay (optional)
  • Camera (can be an actual camera or a camera on a tablet or device)
  • Scissors
  • Stiff paper or cardboard
  • Glue or tape
  • Thumbtack or pushpin
  • Mirror

Additional Materials:

  • Paper, pencil or pens
  • Magazines and/or newspapers


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