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Curricular information is subject to change
This module will:
1) provide vocabulary and theoretical frameworks to facilitate students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge base pertaining to the history of animated film around the world and also understand the production methodologies and technical procesess by which animation is created and delivered
2) enable students to write critically and engage theoretically with animation as a representational paradigm, an art form, an industrial process, and a cultural phenomenon.
3) allow students to distinguish between various types and forms of animation and be capable of making critical judgements upon their place and function within the societies that produce them.
4) facilitate the written scholarly analysis of animated films at a level commensurate with advanced undergraduate film studies .
Animation is delivered in two blocks of approximately two hours each weekly, consisting of formal lecture in one part and a combination of screening and seminar in the other. Weekly reading lists will be provided with required, recommended, and reference reading, allowing for specified activity and scope for independent learning leading to the preparation of materials for assessment. Assessment will be by means of two essays: a mid-term writing assignment and a final essay of advanced undergraduate standard.
Indicative topics (subject to change):
Origins of animation
Business models in animation production
Animation processes, techniques, and technologies
Animation forms and types
Realism and realisms in animation - formative and normative contexts
Audiences and models of reception
Convergence: posthumanism and digital cultures
Orthodoxy and ideology: reading, resistance, and reception
'Adult' and avant-garde animation
Authored animations and subjectivity
Language and image - translation, transnationalism, and cultural specificity
Music in animation
Graphic art and animation in cultural context (comix, animé, bande-desinée)
Metamorphosis and its meaning in theory and practice
History, memory, personality and the navigation of the imagined self
|Student Effort Type
|Specified Learning Activities
|Autonomous Student Learning
This is an advanced undergraduate module and should not be attempted without sufficient experience to engage with the topic at the requisite level and with a capacity for independent learning based on research.
|% of Final Grade
|Essay: Mid-term assignment.
|Essay: Final Essay
|Coursework (End of Trimester)
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Written feedback will be available on all submitted mid-term and final essays, and students are invited to attend consultation to discuss this further. There will also usually be some general feedback notes either in class or on BrightSpace. General consultation is available on a weekly basis for all students throughout the trimester, including during preparation of assessment, but drafts will not be read prior to summative assessment.