Virtual Control Systems and 3D Surfaces - SOMA3417

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design

School: School of Art & Design

Course Outline: Download course 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)

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Moving virtual objects in 3D spaces require specialised design approaches and complex applied processes. Moving virtual objects also requires sophisticated control systems to drive movement (whether that movement comes from motion capture data, hand animation processes, or procedural techniques).

This course explores processes in virtual organic surface creation, complex virtual control systems, and related working processes in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The aim of this course is to explore processes to create fully controllable objects in 3D virtual spaces.

The course draws on research in contemporary practice from a wide range of sources including virtual sculpting processes, anatomy and physiology, colour theory, visual storytelling, along with technical skill sets and software processes.

This course fosters cross-disciplinary thinking and extends on foundations in CGI process gained in the 2000 streams. It employs layered approaches in design for the realisation of virtual control systems that underpin CGI surface manipulation, and animation.

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