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|This class will focus solely on Adobe After Effects CS6. We will take brief detours into other programs in the Adobe Production Premium suite...but we'll always do that with AE in mind.
In this 17-week, advanced course, students will work with a wide range of After Effects features including:
- Animating effects
- Creating transparencies with masking tools
- Animating text
- Working in a 3D space
- Tracking motion and applying effects to motion paths
- Using the Puppet tool to animate parts of objects
- Creating and animating vector-based shapes
- Extruding and animating 3D shapes and text
Course Syllabus and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
|Here is the official SRJC course syllabus for CS74.21D.
Here are the SLOs for this course:
1. Combine and composite moving imagery, still images, graphics, and text in 2D and 3D space and then animate aspects of all elements.
2. Create a project that incorporates most of the following: multiple animations, layer styles, blending modes, masks, track mattes, expressions, parenting, 3D elements, the Paint tool, the Puppet tool, motion tracking, shape layers, Brainstorm, and nested comps
- Thursday, 7pm - 9:50pm — Richard Call (Petaluma campus), room #640 (1st floor next to PC lab)
Note: We will do all our work in this lab on dual-boot (Windows and Mac) PCs. Differences between the Windows and Mac versions of the Adobe products used in this course are minimal.
When I'm available to help you in the computer lab
- Before class on Thursdays, 6:30pm - 7pm: in our classroom
- After class on Thursdays, 9:50pm - 10:20pm: in our classroom
Required instructional material:
Learning Adobe After Effects CS6 from InfiniteSkills.com
I am the author of this video tutorial course. The list price is $99 but the publisher has agreed to sell it to you for $36 (including shipping and handling).
I do not receive royalties or any other additional payment for using this InfiniteSkills product as our text. The Computer Studies department chair, Dave Harden, has approved my use of this instructional material.
Here is the link to the course. You can download it or purchase a DVD. I will email the discount code to each enrolled student.
This class covers Adobe After Effects CS6 and other products from the Adobe CS6 Production Premium suite. You do not have to have your own computer or own the software to complete this course. You can do all your assignments in any SRJC computer lab with CS6 Production Premium installed.
You can purchase the lower-priced but still full-featured academic version of Adobe CS6 Production Premium at the campus bookstore or online. The Foundation for California Community Colleges is an excellent resource for academic versions of Adobe software and usually offers the lowest price. When I last checked, it was selling Adobe CS6 Production Premium for $360 (+S&H) versus the $1,700 list price.
You must bring a flash drive, a removable hard drive, or a laptop to class to store the assignment files. Sometimes we'll work with multiple GB assets.
How This Course Works:
I conduct this class in a lab setting. In this way, you'll be able to work on the course materials as I explain them.
This can be a double-edged sword. It can enhance and reinforce the day's lesson but it can also slow down the lecture. So, we'll try to find a middle ground.
In most cases, classes proceed like this:
Note: In most classes, as I explain the topic for that class, you will follow along by doing work associated with that topic. That in-class work is worth about 15% of your final grade (10 points per class).
- a brief explanation about how I graded the homework assignment from two weeks prior to the class
- a review of the previous week's homework
- a demonstration of the topic for the current class
- go through the current lesson step-by-step and do an in-class project
- explain the homework assignment
I give full credit if I see that you attempted to do all the steps covered in class. Even if your in-class work shows that you did not fully understand the topic, as long as you give it your best shot, you will get full credit. If you miss a class, you will not receive credit for the in-class work.
Overview of Homework:
Each week I will assign a homework project that will reinforce the class work. The assignments can take several hours to complete. Sometimes they are complex and require that you follow instructions carefully. Things can go wrong. If you wait to the last minute to the do the assignment, you might not complete it on time. In most cases you'll need to turn in each assignment by the beginning of the next class meeting.
I frequently show examples of student work in class. I give out extra credit to students who properly complete the assignment and then go beyond what's called for in the assignment.
I'll post each week's assignment on the Assignments page a couple days before class so you can get an idea what we're going to work on.
How to submit homework:
You submit homework using a system called
Dropbox. I will invite every student to create a Dropbox account and link to a folder set up on my computer. If you want to learn more about Dropbox, go to the Dropbox site.
Homework comprises about 80% of your grade. In-class work amounts to about 15%. And a quiz or two count for five percent.
Grades will be assigned as follows: 90% for an 'A,' 80% for a 'B,' 70% for a 'C,' 60% for a 'D,' and 59% or less for an 'F.'
I try to grade all homework by the next class. I post grades on our grades page using the last four digits of your student ID. After I finish grading the homework, I send out an email to the class to let you know how I graded the assignment.
Late Assignment Policy:
|Each assignment has a due date and should be turned in before the start (7pm) of that day's class. If the class starts and you are close to finishing an assignment, do not work on it during class. You can work on it during breaks or after class.
If you turn in assignments late two things will happen:
- You will get behind the rest of the class and will likely not be able to catch up
- You will get a lower score for that assignment
Attendance & Lateness Policy:
|SRJC attendance requirements state that instructors
may drop students who fail to attend the first class meeting or whose absences exceed 10% of the total class hours.
My policy is that if a student fails to attend two classes in a row, I will email that student seeking an explanation. If the student does not respond, I will drop that student from the class. If the student offers a reasonable explanation for the missed classes and submits missed homework, I will not drop that student from the class.
I expect you to come to class on time. If you arrrive late you will miss some of the instruction. I will not repeat material I have covered as a means to help those who arrive late.
Getting Help & Email Response Policy:
My job is to help you learn. If you don't understand something, ask me for help. I am in the Richard Call lab or our classroom on Thursdays for a half-hour before our class and I'll hang around for a half hour after class.
Outside of class time and my
office hour, the best way to contact me is via email. I am an adjunct instructor and don't have an on-campus office or phone. You may call the Computer Studies department front desk and leave a message: 527-4778.
Or, you can leave a written note in the staff mailroom at on the first floor of the Richard Call building at the opposite end of the hall from our classroom.
However, the only time I check for messages is just before I arrive in class for my office hour.
The best way to contact me is via email. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My expectation is that before you email me, you will have tried to work through a problem more than once. Then if you're still stuck, drop me a line. The thing is, in most instances, I won't be sitting at my computer, so I won't be able to get back to you immediately.
If you need an immediate answer, I think your only recourse is to visit an SRJC computer lab. However, only a few instructors and lab assistants know the inner workings of the Adobe CS6 Production Premium products.
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