ART 210 Animation Fundamentals
Section 01
MW 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Rm. # Potter 200

Instructor: Gigi Alandt
Instructor contact: Potter Hall 103

Syllabus | Assignments | Resources
Course Description

Study of the fundamental principles and mechanics of motion through hand-drawn animation. Students explore timing, spacing, weight, staging an image for clarity, emotion and storytelling, and learn to apply and manipulate the fundamental concepts to creatively animate an idea.

Prerequisites/Corequisite: None
Credits: 3


Students explore techniques of professional animators and filmmakers through studio exercises, historical references, readings and analysis of animation film.


Students can expect to learn basic principles and relevant techniques for comprehending the underlying principles and mechanics for any form of animation.

Upon successful completion of this course you will:

Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles of animation.

Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of timing for animation and its application as a means of communication.

Demonstrate ability to creatively manipulate frame time as a means of emphasizing and actualizing action and expressing an idea.

Demonstrate ability to offer both technical and aesthetic criticisms of the work of peers and self.

Assignments The assignments provided are designed for hands-on exploration of the animation principles. Projects and assignments are graded and weighted according to their complexity.

Assignments must be completed on time. If a project is late without an excused absence, credit for the project will be reduced by 50%. Work submitted more than one class day late will not receive a grade.

Course Supplies

Data Storage
An external hard drive or portable hard drive, nothing will be saved to the desk tops at all. Whichever means of saving your files is most trustworthy and effective for you. You are responsible for your data, no excuses.

Animation Supplies

A. Paper, one ream of 12 Field Bond (500 sheets), PUNCHED (ACME standard registration)
B. Registration Peg Bar Plastic (ACME standard registration)
C. Drawingboard
D. Pencils (HB to 2B), and an eraser (no mechanical pencils)
E. Also suggested: Col-Erase non-photo blue color pencil

Additional Animation Supplies may be purchased at the book store.
Or, order supplies at:
Cartoon Supplies (

Required Book
Williams, R. (2002). The Animator's Survival Kit: a manual of methods, principles, and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion, and internet animators. London : Faber & Faber.ISBN: 0-57120-228-4


Students are expected to participate in all critiques, class discussions, attend class, and complete assignments on time. Active participation in critiques will positively affect borderline grades.

Course evaluation will be based upon the following:

Finished Assignment Exercises 70%
Class Participation/Preparation & Effort 10%

A = Exceptional work: conceptually appropriate, demonstrates strong creative thought, precisely executed, instructions followed to the letter, and turned in on time.
B = Work executed with few errors, conceptually appropriate, demonstrates good creative thought, and turned in on time.
C = Average work, meets minimum requirements.
D = Below average work, sloppy, instructions not followed.
F = Failed to meet minimum requirements of the problem.

Adherence to deadlines is expected. It is the individual student’s responsibility to keep track of the goals and deadlines and to present the work to the class and instructor on the specified dates. Work must be completed and ready to present before class on critique days. Work not ready for presentation at the critique is worth a maximum of 50% for the project. Work submitted past the due date will not receive credit.

NOTE: Lost digital files will not be accepted as an excuse for missing or late assign-ments. You are responsible for keeping back-up copies of all of your assignments until you have received a grade for those assignments.

Western Attendance Policy for All 100- and 200-Level Courses In order to improve student learning and retention, as well as to achieve compliance with federal Financial Aid policies, Western has implemented a mandatory attendance policy for students in all 100- and 200-level courses. Instructors are required to monitor and track student attendance. A student will be given an excused absence when acting as an official representative of the university, provided the student gives prior written verification from the faculty/staff supervisor of the event. Any additional excused absences are at the complete discretion of the instructor. When a student exceeds the maximum number of unexcused absences (see chart below), instructors will complete the Student Absence Reporting Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office, who will administratively withdraw the student from the course and notify the Financial Aid Office to reduce financial aid as appropriate. After the final day to submit the Student Absence Reporting Form (see submission deadlines below), faculty will assign grades according to their grading policies with regard to absences and record an FA when a student fails due to absences. Maximum allowable unexcused absences by term: Fall/Spring Semester: Class Meetings/Week Max unexcused absences 1 1 2 2 3 5 4 7 5 9

Students are expected to come to class on time and prepared. Attendance will be recorded at every class session. Roll call will be taken at the beginning of class only. Your 3rd unexcused absence will lower your grade by 10% or one full letter grade . Each subsequent unexcused absence will lower your grade an additional 10% or one letter grade. 6 unexcused absences will result in an automatic F; no exceptions. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor that you are late, if you don't inform the instructor you will be counted absent. Absences will only be excused with prior notification and/or documentation. E-mail is a good method of informing the instructor.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late is an absence.

What is an excused absence?
There are two standard types:
Type 1: You know ahead of time that, for good reason, you will have to miss class. You see me before the day of the absence and negotiate an excused absence, generally with some kind of appropriate written documentation.

Type 2: Some emergency prevents you from getting to class. In this case, it 's vital that you present some formal documentation that you had good reason to be gone--e.g., verification from an MWSU official that you were off campus on university business, or a written memo from a doctor, a cop, or other responsible party indicating that you were unable to make it to class for good reason.

All other absences will be deemed unexcused. The maximum number of unexcused absences allowed for this class before the midterm report, is 6 Thus, when you have 5+1 unexcused absences you will be reported to the Registrar’s Office, who will automatically withdraw you from this class. The Financial Aid Office will reduce financial aid as appropriate.

Students are expected to come prepared for class. Those in attendance who are not prepared to work during class hours will be asked to leave and counted as absent.

Attendance is important as each class will build upon the previous one. Much of the required instruction will be in lectures and demonstrations and will not be found in your books or handouts. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get any material you miss. Get with another student to go over the material covered in your absence, or make an appointment with me. The progress of the class will not be stopped to review material you miss during your absence. I will be willing to help you during office hours, but I won't hold a private re-teaching of the class. Students that attended the classes will have a priority during office hours.

Also see the University Attendance Policy (Western Course Catalog available online at

NOTE: Lost digital files will not be accepted as an excuse for missing or late assignments. No allowance is made for computer or network failures. You are responsible for keeping back-up copies of all of your assignments until you have received a grade for those assignments. Be sure to backup your work frequently and do not wait until the last minute to complete the assignment; to backup a file, save it first to one computer drive such as your F:\ drive (student drive), and then save it again to another drive such as a zip, USB drive, or a flash drive.

Class Conduct
  • Cheating will result in a 0 for the test/assignment and possible removal from class. This includes plagiarism and copyright infringement. Use of images or written material created by someone other than yourself must be used only in accordance with classroom assignment parameters, and must be attributed and/or permissions must be obtained.
  • No surfing the internet, checking e-mail or messaging during class unless it is necessary for a project.
  • No non-class materials loaded into the computers.
  • No disruptive behavior.
  • Computers located in the labs are for educational purposes only.
  • Leave cell phones off, or if needed for emergencies, on vibrate.
  • Students who are not enrolled in this class will not be permitted in the lab without the instructor's permission.

  • Academic Misconduct
    Academic honesty is required in all academic endeavors. Violations of academic honesty include any instance of plagiarism, cheating, seeking credit for another's work, falsifying documents or academic records, or any other fraudulent activity. Violations of academic honesty may result in a failing grade on the assignment, failure in the course, or expulsion from the University. When a student's grade has been affected, violations of academic honesty will be reported to the Provost or designated representative on the Academic Honesty Violation Report forms.

    A grade of F will be given to any assignment that exhibits undeniable plagiarism.

    Please see the Student Handbook and Calendar for specific activities indentified as violations of this policy and the student due process procedure. This handbook is also available online at:

    Disability Accommodations Students seeking accommodations must first provide documentation of needed accommodations to the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) located in Eder Hall, Suite 203. Once accommodations have been approved by the ARC, students are responsible for notifying their instructors of those accommodations. This should be done within the first two weeks of classes. Accommodations are not retroactive.