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Alamo Colleges District • Northwest Vista College • - • ARTV-Multimedia Digital Video

3-D Animation I ARTV-1341

  • Full Term Spring 2016
  • Section 002.26787
  • 3-2-3 Credits
  • 01/19/2016 to 05/14/2016
  • Modified 01/23/2016

Meeting Times

Lecture & Lab

Saturday, 1:30 PM to 5:40 PM, MLH200

Contact Information

Adjunct Instructor: Drew Guajardo

Email: [email protected]

Office hours: Saturday before or after class (by appointment)


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)


Intermediate level 3-D course introducing animation tools and techniques used to create movement. Emphasis on using the principles of animation



Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  • Navigate comfortably through the 3ds Max User Interface
  • Understand and apply the processes of editing an object through3 dimensional coordinates
  • Create and edit geometry, splines, lights, cameras, helpers, hierarchies
  • Develop and render keyframe animations and path animations with sound integration
  • Understand and apply Modifiers and edit the Modifier Stack
  • Apply materials onto meshes from the material library or from custom textures
  • Adjust material coordinates through tiling and U,V,W placement.
  • Use 3d skills and tools towards the art of Storytelling
  • Work on projects individually and in a team environment
  • Enhance their artistic abilities through weekly drawing practices


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.


With the potential for some minor variation in assignments and grade weights, your performance is based upon:

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.




Maximum points


Attendance - Participation...






· A = Excellent (90 to 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:-1

other class homework -1

Miss class: -3

Arrive late: -1

Late turn in -2

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.


While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

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.

D. 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.

E. Plagiarism Policy: Plagiarism occurs when you use someone else's work and submit it as your own without giving the author credit. Always paraphrase, completely re-write, quote, and cite other authors’ work. In addition, it is academic dishonesty to resubmit your own work from a previous course to another course. This is not permitted in this course. To prevent plagiarism and academic dishonesty from happening in this course, your written assignments will be submitted to Turnitin upon submission in Canvas. In addition, any work posted in this course (i.e., on the discussion board) is subject to instructor submission on Turnitin checks your work against Internet, journal, and other work that has been submitted. To learn more about plagiarism, and other forms of academic integrity violations, review the Northwest Vista College's Academic Integrity website (see below). You are responsible for understanding and will be held accountable for the information in this policy. Plagiarized work will receive a zero. More than one occurrence may result in a failing grade in this course.

F. The Value of Integrity: Northwest Vista College seeks to produce graduates who not only have an academic mastery of their subject, but also exhibit academic integrity and scholastic honesty. Academic integrity violations include the sale of academic product, academic enticement or influence, academic misconduct, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and plagiarism. Penalties for academic dishonesty are serious and range from failing to expulsion. Please read the complete set of policies and procedures regarding academic integrity at

G. Policy information regarding Non-Academic Misconduct can be found in Board Policy F.4.2. 

H. Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.