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COURSES

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We believe that today's animators are interested in a wide variety of techniques and concepts. Our current project-based curriculum provides the flexibility for students to specialize within a discipline OR integrate multiple ways of making into their curricular learning.

 

We provide a series of required Core Classes for our majors as well as a menu of Project and Elective courses that incorporate multi-level learning in 2D (traditional and digital), 3D, VR, Stop Motion and Sound techniques. 

Below is a selection of Featured Animation Courses for the Fall '23 semester and contact info for any additional questions.

*Please visit the below link to see an overview of our

Curriculum Map and discipline-based Sketches to browse potential pathways through the MICA Animation program.

FEATURED FALL 23 COURSE OFFERINGS:

PROJECT COURSES for F23:

  • AN 210 - Otherworldly

  • AN 350 - Animation Production

  • AN 367 - Character Conflict Performance

  • AN 272 - Animation in Unique Spaces

AN225: INTRO TO STOP MOTION,
Elective

Students explore a number of hands-on animation techniques, such as: pixilation, destructive techniques, cut-out and puppet-based animation.
 

According to their own level, new students learn how to develop a sense of motion and timing through direct manipulation under the camera
through simple assignments. Experimentation is encouraged in order to develop a personal style.

pre-requisite:not required.

please email stephanie with any questions.

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for more info contact:

Professor Stephanie Williams, swilliams04@mica.edu

AN210:OTHERWORLDLY, STOP MO PUPPETS & SETS, Project Class

Students will research miniature building through material study and inquiry of fictitious universes, world-building, and inner logic, while
gaining hands-on experience creating functioning stop-motion animation puppets and sets.

pre-requisite:not required.

please email stephanie with any questions.

for more info contact:

Professor Stephanie Williams, swilliams04@mica.edu

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AN399:Special Topics in Animation,
Project Class - SUMMER

Animate with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra! 

 

Students will create animations around a Halloween theme of “Music to Give you Goosebumps.” Concerts will be performed by the BSO and are free to Baltimore City schools. Around 4,000 students typically attend the concerts.

 

Music to Give You Goosebumps

What makes music scary? Is it loud noises, screechy sounds, or the “tap-tap-tap” of skeleton footsteps? Join the BSO and award-winning children’s author Anna Celenza for an afternoon of thrilling classics featuring witches, trolls, wizards, and monsters. Repertoire to include works by Camille Saint-Saens, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, John Williams

 

The class will meet 5-23-2023 to 6-15-2023, Tues, Weds, & Thurs, 9am-4:30pm

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for more info contact:

Professor Steve Meneely, smeneely@mica.edu

FF149:Social Practice & Emerging Media,
Elective

The course introduces students to how technology is used as a tool for social justice and socially engaged art and design. In this class, students will learn the ways that immersive digital media such as augmented reality, virtual reality, projection art, and other emerging media technologies are used to create socially engaged projects as a form of resistance while building on empathy and community. From case studies, students will further understand how mass media, social media, and media culture respond to systems of power and oppression. Students will gain a basic understanding of the tools and skills used to create emerging media projects and work to create both personal and collaborative public projects within online and Baltimore communities beyond MICA.

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for more info contact:

Professor Kelli Williams, kwilliams11@mica.edu

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