Short Title:2D Animation
Full Title:2D Animation
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MULT H2008
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:Mary Caulfield
Module Description:This module is designed to continue the student development in Motion Design and to focus on 2D animation. It covers the preliminary steps of producing an animation film from initial concept through storyboarding, to character and location design. It teaches the student to create strong believable animations by developing a sense of observation, timing, and motion. Students will work in teams and will be jointly responsible for the planning and outcome of the project. The main project will be a significantly-sized production, with the objective of producing a short movie animation that integrated various multimedia elements such as video, stop action animation, sound etc., to complete a multilayer multimedia production together with accompanying documentation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Communicate ideas using storyboards and oral presentation skills
LO2 Work interdependently and co-operatively within a team
LO3 Conduct necessary research and development at the pro-production stage of the project
LO4 Incorporate various media elements into a multimedia environment using appropriate software
LO5 Design and produce from start to finish an original 2D digital animation
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Project Planning & Development
Analysis of brief, research and design appropriate solutions, developing functionality specification, implementing screen design, layout presentation options, integration of the various digital multimediamedia components of the project. Concentrated analysis of the functionality of the project, its effectiveness, possible improvements etc.
Media Production for Multimedia
Introduction to media production for animation – digital capture and editing of sound and video, type and animation. Through discussion and practical assignments, the module should provide an understanding of the production processes, complexity, tools and challenges involved in the production of a 2D animations
Create a 2D Animation using industry standard software
Create and produce a standalone 2D animation based on finalised design and functionality specifications.
Focus on the graphic design principles for visual design for 2D animation.
Course Work
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Continuous assessment by assignment and lab work is undertaken throughout the year. 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 Ongoing
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.
Reassessment Description
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Students will attend lectures and be active participants in practical workshops, lecturer-supervised learning, tutorials, seminars and critiques. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Students will undertake independent research and related practical work outside od scheduled class times. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Wyatt. Andy 2010, The Complete Digital Animation Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Animators, Barron's Educational Series
  • Blaze. Liz 2015, Animated Storytelling: Simple Steps For Creating Animation and Motion Graphics, Peachpit Press
  • Torta. Stephanie 2017, Storyboarding: Turning Script to Motion, Second Edition Ed., Mercury Learning & Information
  • Williams. Richard 2012, The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators, Second Ed., Farrar, Straus and Girou
  • Chun. Russell 2017, Adobe Animate CC Classroom in a Boo, Adobe Press
  • Fridsma. Lisa, And Gyncild. Brie 2017, After Effects CC Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources