DESAN 361R

Visual Development and Character Design

Design College of Fine Arts and Communications

Course Description

Design characters, props, and environments for various uses in animation and print.

When Taught

Fall

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

6

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

Animation BFA acceptance.

Title

Character Design and Visual Development

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify advanced design principles and apply them by designing characters, props, and environments that are appealing to target audiences and suited to the needs of a given animated project.

Title

Story and Character

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to construct compelling visual stories across a wide variety of character types and objects. Students will be able to develop character stories that inform their design decisions.

Title

Abstraction and Caricature

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to apply rules of abstraction and caricature in the appropriate proportions for a given character and project.

Title

Technique and Design

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to implement drawing, inking, and basic color techniques necessary for making designs presentable and interesting for art directors.

Title

Style

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to shift their drawing style as necessary and show how to balance design principles when creating new styles.

Title

Critique

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to differentiate between the various styles of critique and will be able to give and receive feedback using principles of good critique.

Title

Visual Development as a Professional

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to face the emotional and ethical challenges of visual development work in the animation industry with good attitudes and behaviors.