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MMEDIA 3Q03 Emerging Media

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Robert Hamilton


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 315

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27955

Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Course Objectives:

This course offers a critical perspective on theories and practices of contemporary animation through lectures, screenings and three production-based projects. This class will reflect on the history, types and basic principles of animation. Students will attend lectures, screenings and are expected to create a significant work of animation.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Optional Text: “Animation Unlimited, Innovative Short Films Since 1940” by Liz Faber and Helen Walters

Method of Assessment:

Assignment #1, 20%, due Jan. 30

Assignment #2, 20%, due Feb. 27

Assignment #2, 30%, due Mar 27

Test, 20%, April 3

Attendance, 10%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class. All work must be submitted via A2L by the due date. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and/or appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date.

Late assignments will be penalized by 5% per day of the week (weekends included). Extensions will be given if requested before the assignment’s due date and if the instructor considers the reason legitimate.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Course Outline MMEDIA 3Q03 Winter 2018







Jan. 9



- Introduction




Jan. 16



- Basics, cameraless animation

- Early Animation

- Animation Unlimited: Form




Jan. 23


- Animating Objects

- Abstract Animation

- Time Lapse and Pixilation

- Animation Unlimited: Form




Jan. 30


- Storyboarding and Animatics

- Kinestasis and Collage

- Animation Unlimited: Sound


Assignment 1 due

Value: 20%


Feb. 6


- Motion Graphics

- Sand and Paint on Glass

- Animation Unlimited: Sound





Feb. 13


- Clay, Puppet and Stop Motion

- Rotoscoping

- Animation Unlimited: Words





Feb. 27


- Line and Cell Animation

- Digital Ink and Paint

- 3D Animation

- Animation Unlimited: Words


Assignment 2 due

Value: 20%


Mar. 6


- Disney & Anti Disney

- Animation Unlimited: Character




Mar. 13


- Simpsons & other characters

- Animation Unlimited: Character





Mar. 20


- Feature Film Animation

- Online readings / links




Mar. 27


- Review


Assignment 3 due

Value: 30%



April 3


- Test



Value: 30%