TERM 2 COURSE OUTLINES

Visual Communication 2

Course Description​

Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of composition, lighting, and design principles.  Working from a design brief that encompasses a character, an environment and a vehicle or object, you will aim to communicate a story to the viewer.  Practice using composition, lighting, and mood to direct the viewer’s attention to key story elements.  This course and project will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your storytelling skills for future and more complex projects in Visual Communications 2.   

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Aim to a story by using composition, lighting and design principles.

  2. Produce designs and concepts in service to a script, story, or theme.

  3. Explore the design process (i.e., research, refine, and design a basic character, vehicle, prop + environment design).

  4. Explore basic design skills that display knowledge of anatomy, perspective and design.

  5. Adapt to the direction that is provided by the Instructor.

  6. Practice constructive and supportive interpersonal and communication skills during class. Deliver a presentation to your instructor and classmates.  

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

Perspective 2

Course Description​

Dive deeper into linear perspective systems and further explore basic and more complex laws that are vital to express the illusion of dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface or screen.  In this course you will design spaces and grow your repertoire of approaches for representing accurate and different views.  Assignments will emphasis points of view and narrative elements that you will convey in your designs.  By the end of this course you will be able to position cameras/viewpoints on paper and in photoshop, render a number of perspective views for various spaces, and prepare for advanced study/portfolio development. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Draw to scale and reference back to horizon to match object and character proportions.

  2. Use cone of vision and position of vanishing points to effect distortion and simulate lens effects.

  3. Explore the third vanishing point and concepts including tilting, 3 point narrative, drawing depth, and use of detail over distances.

  4. Use thumbnails for quick perspective explorations.

  5. Draw organic forms in perspective.

  6. Explore horizontal and vertical panning and zooms.

  7. Utilize industry jargon and key terms.

  8. Add value to group discussions by providing clear and constructive verbal feedback to other members of the team.

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

Figure & Anatomy Drawing 2

Course Description​

Building on Figure & Anatomy Drawing 1, you will further develop your understanding and skill representing human and animal forms and their anatomical features. You will explore more complex action-poses and character development from model poses. By the end of this course you will be able to further enhance your skills/approaches for blocking out animal and human characters.  You will produce studies focusing on quality of line work, weight, proportion, and use of colour.  

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Design simple and more complex animal and human characters.

  2. Depict the figure in a variety of poses as well as properly use foreshortening.

  3. Be able to simplify figure to: ellipses, cubes, circles, and triangle forms.

  4. Draw the human figure accurately and to represent proportional relationships of the body’s parts to the whole.

  5. Exaggerate, simplify, stylize, or distort visual elements and proportions to interpret expressive qualities.

  6. Evoke mood through the expressive use of drawing materials.

  7. Demonstrate conceptual development.

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

Prop Design 1

Course Description​

Explore the relationship between form and function through design assignment briefs for original props.  Utilizing drawing, perspective, and design skills that you learned in previous course work, you will create simple props with the aim of representing accurate and different views as well as close-up beauty details.  Assignments will emphasis points of view including orthos, texture callouts, final detailed renders,  and narrative elements provided by your industry instructor.  By the end of this course you will be able to render props on paper and in Photoshop in preparation for more advanced coursework.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Create simple props following the complete design process.

  2. Employ a variety of perspective, drawing, and design techniques to illustrate the prop in all dimensions/views.

  3. Use thumbnails for quick perspective explorations.

  4. Utilize industry jargon and key terms.

  5. Add value to group discussions by providing clear and constructive verbal feedback to other members of the team.

  6. Present your designs to your instructor and classmates.

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

 

Character Design 1

Course Description​

From Tomb Raider to Skyrim, characters are the backbone of storytelling in creative media.  Concept Artists must be able to efficiently design appealing characters.  Utilizing the design process and the skills that you learned in figure drawing, in this course you design various human and animal characters.  By the end of this course you will be able to gain confidence in the character design process and be ready to tackle more complex character assignments in future coursework.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Design basic characters.

  2. Build upon the figure drawing and anatomy principled learned in term 1 (e.g., proportional relationships, visual distortions, exaggerations, mood, and expression).

  3. Develop proficiency with the design process (i.e., research, refine, and design basic and authentic characters).

  4. Produce character designs and concepts in service to a script, story, or theme.

  5. Adapt to the direction that is provided by the Instructor.

  6. Providing clear and constructive written and verbal feedback to other members of your class.

  7. Deliver visually compelling and professional presentations to instructors, guests, and class/peers.  

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

Environment Design 1

Course Description​

From Uncharted to GTA, environments are an incredibly vital part of storytelling in open world games, film, and animation.  Concept Artists must be able to design appealing environments.  Utilizing the design process and the skills that you learned in perspective, drawing fundamentals, and design sketching, in this course you will design various simple environments.  By the end of this course you will be able to gain confidence in the environment design process and be ready to tackle more complex environment assignments in future coursework.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Create simple basic environment designs using Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Develop proficiency with the design process (i.e., research, refine, and design basic and authentic environments).

  3. Adapt to the direction and deadlines that are provided by the instructor.

  4. Provide clear and constructive written and verbal feedback to other members of their class.

  5. Deliver visually compelling and professional presentations to instructors, guests, and class/peers.  

  6. Grow their skills and expertise with 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, drawing fundamentals, and design sketching.

Course Duration

A total of 45 hours over the course of 15 classes, 1 class per week.

Main Campus

2110-8888 Odlin Crescent

Richmond BC Canada

​V6X 3Z8

Surrey Campus

201-2055 152 Street

Surrey BC Canada

​V4A 4N7

(Portfolio Development Only)

778-297-6628

604-385-9920

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