ADA107 - Principles of Animation

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:ACF107
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Lienors Torre
Trimester 3: Lienors Torre


Incompatible with: AMC104
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 2-hour online seminar per week


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit


In this unit students explore the making of animation through a range of techniques, methods and approaches for a variety of animation practices. Students will study established principles of 2D animation (Timing, Squash and Stretch, Staging, etc.) and story-telling, learn under-camera techniques (time-lapse and stop-motion), and develop basic project management skills to take an idea from storyboard to animated short film. The unit allows students to focus on specific interests, such as experimental non-narrative, or character and story-based animation.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Use a variety of animation techniques and image creation strategies to build animation sequences in a number of styles and approaches

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Plan, script and produce a storyboard for a short animation proposal

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Produce a short animation sequence applying animation principles and skills

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assignment 1: Exercises   25% Week 3
Assignment 2: Storyboard Project   30% Week 6
Assignment 3: Short Film Project   45% Week 10

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

As there are no prescribed textbooks set for this unit, students are not required to purchase text. A list of recommended reading can be found on the University Library website (Talis) via ADA107. A further selection of readings and web-based resources will be available online, as directed by the unit chair.

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