Imaging Effects Workshop - SOMA3416

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design

School: School of Art & Design

Course Outline: Downloadcourse outline (PDF format)

Campus: Paddington

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

L2 Animation Prerequisite

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Imaging Effects Workshop draws together skills and learning in digital imaging, composition and motion graphics to introduce a coherent practice in visual effects. VFX involves the manufacture of an illusory reality by the artistic combination of elements drawn from the real world, which is then portrayed in print and on screen. The practice is an important part of current visual communication where the surreal is used to convey ideas and emotions alongside traditional moving image, photographic and animation techniques.

The course aims to develop a wider practice from skills that you have learned in earlier coursework. We start by firming your knowledge of digital imaging from still sources. We will then extend these techniques to moving elements and explore the added complexity this brings. Lastly we will move our compositions into three dimensions and gain experience with animation that tracks motion also drawn from the real world. Through these exercises you will develop skills that can assist your further explorations within photo media and moving image. Lectures will cover the history of visual effects across painting, photography, the pre-moving image and film. You will learn how meaning can be conveyed by manipulation of existing imagery.

The course is of use to all students in video, imaging, and animation, and particularly useful for those wishing to combine animated and real world imagery.

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