GPH 338 | Computer Animation Survey (Practical Environment: MAYA)
Winter Quarter
Wednesday 6pm-9pm
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Behind The Class
  GPH 338-- Computer Animation Survey  
Course description:
  This course is a survey of techniques used in 3D computer animation. We will be using a commercial animation package: Maya
  Planned topics include: different modeling techniques, basic texture and lighting, key-frame animation, animation tracks, animating modifiers, morphing, facial and character animation, inverse kinematics, animating cameras and lights, and environmental effects.
  Students should eventually be able to create a short animation by using 3d package like Maya to tell a story or express his or her individual message.
Text Books:
The Art of 3-D: Computer Animation and Imaging
(3nd Edition)
--By Isaac Victor Kerlow

A great introduction book to 3D graphic, which covers almost entire field of 3D graphics.  It shows a lot of examples from professional work, explains the basic concepts of creating models, animation, and renderings.

-> Required

E-books: Instant Maya PDF File

Optional Books: See Resources Section
Your final grade will be based on:
Weekly Assignments
Quizzes, dates TBA
Final Project & Presentation

*Quizzes will be given at the instructor's discretion and will count up to 20% of the final grade. In the event that we do not have many quizzes, a portion of the 20% may be redistributed to the assignment and project grades.

  A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F <60%
  Plus and minus scores will be assigned at the high and low ends of each of these ranges at the instructor's discretion. (No A+ or D-)
  Assignments will be posted weekly to the course website.
  Late assignments will be penalized 10% for each day that they are late (including Saturday and Sunday) and under no circumstances will they be accepted more than three days late.
  To receive credit, production notes must be included with every assignment. Assignments will be shown in class each week. You must be present to answer questions about your assignment, failure to do so will result in a reduced grade.

You must take quizzes during the scheduled time period. Make-ups will be given only in case of a serious emergency, in which case the emergency must be documented. If you anticipate a scheduling conflict, notify me at least a week in advance of the conflict.

Final Project

Each student will present his/her final project during the final exam period. Failure to attend will result in a failing grade on your final project.


Since this is primarily a hands-on class, attendance is mandatory. However, if you are absent from class, you are responsible for understanding the material and for finding out about any announcements made in that class.


The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course, as well as all other courses in which independent research or writing play a vital part in the course requirements should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work a report, examination paper, computer file, lab report, or other assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.


An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.