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Northwest Vista College · - · ARTV-Multimedia Digital Video

3-D Animation I

  • Full Term Fall 2013
  • Section 003.14156
  • 4-3-2 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/14/2013
  • Modified 08/31/2013

Meeting Times

ARTV 1441: 3D Animation I - Introduction to 3ds MAX - ARTV 1441-003

S 01:40 PM - 06:00 PM - Lecture & Lab

Contact Information

Adjunct Insturctor: Drew Guajardo

Lab Room:        MLH 200                             

Office location:  N/A

Email: [email protected]

Office phone: (210) 486-4064                      


Required Course Materials:

- 1 portable USB Drive (2 Gigabyte and up)

- 1 Notebook or Binder and pen to take notes

- 1 Sketchbook or Print Paper (any size you are comfortable with)

Download a free student copy of 3DS Max (see below)


FREE 3 year license (.edu email address required)
Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 software is a full-featured 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and visual effects solution used to produce top-selling games and award-winning film and video content. 3ds Max is renowned for its ready-to-use, template-based character rigging system, robust modeling and texturing toolsets, and unlimited free network rendering with the integrated mental ray® software.


Introduction to 3ds Max, 3D Modeling and Animation, Texturing, Lighting and Cameras. Emphasis on Storytelling and Environment Development



1 Utilize animation software and production skills.

2 Develop a sense of weight and emotion in animated shots.

3 Develop animation for multi-media productions, games or simulations.


  • Lab work (includes Team Project & Unity Project)                            65%

Every class consists of a lecture then, based from this lecture, a project to be executed in the lab.

Each project will be graded according to the 3 following criteria:

1-Completion of project on time

2-Demonstration of technical skills

 3-Artistic qualities and creativity

  • Attendance and Participation (Professionalism)                               25%

Students may loose up to 25pts of their final course grade for lack of participation/professionalism

  • Homework Drawings                                                                          10%

Being a 3D Artist means having an equal combination of 3D technical skills and traditional art skills. Your homework assignments will consist essentially of drawing and sketching exercises. This will train your eye to higher levels of artistic qualities.






HOMEWORK Maximum points

PROFESSIONALISM:                                                                                 Attendance - Participation…





A = Excellent (90-100)
B = Very Good (80-89)
C = Average (70-79)
D = Below average but Passing (60-69)
F = Failure (0-59)

completed correctly  and by due date.

1 point per drawing. (Show progress every week)

Examples of class disruption penalty:Cell phone ringing: -5 Talk on phone in class: -5 other class homework -1

Miss class: -3

Arrive late: -1

Leave early: -1

Late turn in -2


Course Outline: Weeks 1-16


Lessons 1-24:




Week 1



Lesson01. Syllabus- Windows LOGIN  and 3DS Max BASICS



Week 2



Lesson03. 3DS MAX USER INTERFACE (UI)- PART II – Navigation Tools


Lesson04. 3DS MAX USER INTERFACE (UI)- PART III – Create Panel/ Geometry, Modify Panel

Week 3



Lesson05. Animation –Time controls, Sound Import


Lesson06. Pivot, Autogrid, Group- Link/ Helpers




Lesson07 Compound Objects – Display Panel, Shapes, Splines - Motion Panel and Path Animation


Lesson08 Extrude - Edit Spline, Edit Poly, UVWmap- Mat ID




Lesson09 Lights / Array 1


Lesson10 continue





Lesson11 Material Editor


Lesson12 continue




 Lesson13 Cameras, Rendering- Output options

  Lesson14 continue






MIDTERM- PRESENTATION & CRITIQUE All projects Lesson01 to Lesson14 are DUE at the beginning of class! NO WORK FROM WEEK 1 – 6 WILL BE EXCEPTIED AFTER THIS DATE! SUBMIT: YouName_Midterm.Avi (490x270) HDTV widescreen aspect ratio





Lesson15. TEAM SHORT ANIMATION:  Intro  & Storyboards Pitch


Lesson16 Hierarchy setup FK & Character Animation





 Lesson16 Hierarchy setup FK & Character    Animation







Lesson18 Hierarchy setup FK & Character Animation






Lesson20 TEAM SHORT ANIMATION:  Continue




Lesson15-22 TEAM PROJECT - CRITIQUE - All projects Lesson13 to Lesson22 are DUE at the beginning of class!    SUBMIT: YourName_Final.Avi (490x270) HDTV widescreen aspect ratio








Lesson23 Unity3D


Lesson24 Unity3D continued






Unity3D Project Due

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

C.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.


A comprehensive final evaluation, not to exceed three hours in length, shall be given at the end of each course at the official scheduled final exam time. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the appropriate Dean. Other evaluations are given at the discretion of the instructor.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies


A. All of the Alamo Colleges are tobacco free.

B. Alamo Colleges DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

D. Students are required to silence all electronic devices (e.g., pagers, cellular phones, etc.) when in classrooms, laboratories and the library.


Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the Disability Services office at (210) 486-4466 or visit the office located in the Cyprus Campus Center, Rm. 204. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.