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Northwest Vista College · - · ARTV-Multimedia Digital Video

3-D Animation II

  • Full Term Fall 2015
  • Section 001.27388
  • 3-2-4 Credits
  • 08/24/2015 to 12/12/2015
  • Modified 08/23/2015

Meeting Times

11:00 to 12:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays  (This is a Hybrid Course with extensive additional course work online and in the form of image and video project production projects required beyond the face-to-face classroom time listed.)


Contact Information

Email Contact: [email protected]


1 Flash USB Drive (minimum 8GB), removable hard driver or personal online storage

1 Pair of  Earbuds for working with audio and video

1 Notebook or Binder and Pen for note taking

1 Sketchbook (No lined pages)

HB, B and 2B pencils and eraser


  Recommended Books:

  1. Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists (Paperback) by Mark Simon ISBN: 978-0823016716 (Watson-Guptill; June 1, 2005)
  2. The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression (Hardcover) by Gary Faigin ISBN: 978-0823016280 (Watson-Guptill; October 1, 1990)
  3. Drawing the Human Head (Paperback) by Burne Hogarth ISBN: 978-0823013760 (Watson Guptill; April 1, 1988)


Development of 3D Animation and Modeling skills for lip synchronization, and facial animation. Students will explore facial muscles, facial expressions, and create models setup properly to talk using morphing keys and blend shapes sliders.


ARTV 1341 


Performance Objectives:

Create, Animate and Skin a Biped using free and footstep animations

Create, Import and use Motion Capture .bvh files into Biped

Use the Skin Modifier

Create Morph targets for Lip Synching and Facial Animation  Use controllers

Use wiring parameters to setup custom attributes


1 Utilize advanced animation techniques and production skills.

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


There are a total of seventeen assignments, eight discussions and three quizzes encompassing five modules in this course. To earn an A in this course, you must successfully complete all five modules. The successful completion of a project is determined by the instructor based on its merits and quality.  A project can be submitted for a grade and be determined unsuccessful when it falls short of the learning expectations intended for the assigned project. 

Excessive absences will reduce your participation grade, not to mention make it hard for you to keep up with the assignments.

Course Policies

Additional Instructor Requirements:

Email is the preferred method of communication.

All assignments are due before the deadline which is usually set to when class begins. Please have your assignment submitted to Canvas before class starts. Unless you are in the ICU or something, there is no excuse for not completing and turning in an assignment on-time.

On that note, be sure to back-up your work! You should back it up on a regular basis in at least two additional locations, either via email/remote server, a secondary drive on your computer or a thumb drive. Hardware failure does happen, however that is NOT a valid excuse for failing to submit work on time or losing work. Data that you only have one copy of, is data you don’t care about.

All files must be named properly and accurately. Failure to follow required naming conventions and other instructions regarding file management will result in a lower grade.

Proper naming convention (unless otherwise noted)

example: LastName_FirstName_##_AssignmentName.fileTypeExtension

◊ Attendance is crucial and will affect your grade. If you are not in class you are missing important information. If you do not attend class I will drop you for lack of progress.



Class Number       



Syllabus, Introductions, Getting Started


Assignment 01 Due; Biped Lecture


Assignment 02 Due; Skinning Lecture




Assignment 03 Due; Walk Cycle Lecture


Quiz 1, Rendering video & Using Premiere




Assignment 04 Due; Footsteps & .fbx


Assignment 05 Due


Assignment 06 Due; More Animation Lecture






Mixer and CAT Lecture


Assignment 07 Due, Premiere Cutting Lecture


Assignment 08 & 09 Due


Assignment 10 & 11 Due; Mocap Suit


Mocap Cleanup Lecture


Quiz 02






Assignment 12 Due; Lip Sync Setup Lecture






Assignment 13 Due; Lip Syncing Lecture










Assignment 14 Due


Unity Importation Lecture; Assignment


Assignment 15 Due


Final Exam Day, Quiz 03, Assignment 16 & 17 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)

C. 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 Cypress Campus Center, Rm. 204. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.