Carnegie Mellon University

IDeATe

Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

Animation & Special Effects

Students in the Animation & Special Effects minor study the interconnected components of performance capture, rendering, 3D and 2D animation, and special effects. They merge arts and technology perspectives to explore each of these components and the area of digital animation as a whole. Through common repositories across courses and collaborative projects, students explore how the different components and types of expertise come together to create a convincing computer animated experience.

Students in this minor are also be able to connect to other IDeATe courses to explore applications of digital animation in different contexts (games, interactive environments etc.) and to integrate other key areas of knowledge (narrative, sound) into digital animation projects.

 Animation & Special Effects Minor - Minimum of 45 Units

one computing course - Minimum of 9 units

  • 15-104 Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice
  • 15-110 Principles of Computing
  • 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
  • 60-210 Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity
  • 60-212 Electronic Media Studio: Interactivity and Computational Practice

One ideate Portal course - minimum of 9 units

  • Recommended Portal Course for this area:60-125 Introduction to 3D Animation Pipeline *
  • Recommended Portal Course for this area: 60-218 IDeATe Portal: Real-Time Animation
  • 16-223 IDeATe Portal: Creative Kinetic Systems
  • 18-090 Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts
  • 53-280 Designing Table Top Board Games
  • 60-223 IDeATe Introduction to Physical Computing
  • 62-150 IDeATe Introduction to Media Synthesis & Analysis

  • 99-361 IDeATe Portal

Ideate animation & Special effects Courses - minimum of 27 units

  • 15-365/60-422 Experimental Animation
  • 15-463 Computational Photography
  • 15-465/60-414 Animation, Art, and Technology
  • 60-125 Introduction to 3D Animation Pipeline *
  • 60-220 Technical Character Animation
  • 60-333 Character Rigging for Production
  • 60-398 Social History of Animation
  • 60-413 Advanced ETB: Real-Time Animation
  • 60-415 Advanced ETB: Animation
  • 60-417 Advanced ETB: Video: Experimental Science Fiction
  • 60-426 Advanced ETB: 2D Animation
  • Additional courses as available. Please check IDeATe Courses for the options for the current and upcoming semester.

 Double-counting: Students may double-count up to two of their IDeATe minor courses for other requirements.

* 60-125 Introduction to 3D Animation Pipeline is moving into the Portal Course category, but we will continue to count it toward the 27 units of Animation courses for the minor for students during the transition. Please speak with the IDeATe advisor to note this in your minor requirements.

Animation & Special Effects Minor - Five Courses

One Portal course

  • 15-104 Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice - recommended for DC, CFA, and TSB majors
  • 62-150 Introduction to Media Synthesis & Analysis - recommended for CIT, MCS and SCS majors

Four Collaborative and Supportive Courses

  • 15-365/60-422 Experimental Animation
  • 15-463 Computational Photography
  • 15-465/60-414 Animation, Art, and Technology
  • 16-374/60-428 Art of Robotic Special Effects
  • 60-461 Experimental Capture
  • 60-125 Introduction to 3D Animation
  • 60-126 Introduction to Performance Capture and Rendering
  • 60-220 Technical Character Animation
  • 60-333 Character Rigging for Production
  • 60-398 Social History of Animation
  • 60-410 Moving Image Magic: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • 60-415 Advanced ETB: Animation
  • 60-417 Advanced ETB: Video: Experimental Science Fiction
  • 60-426 Advanced ETB: 2D Animation
  • 76-285 Team Communication

Note: Students also have the option of taking one Collaborative or Supportive course from one of the other IDeATe areas as an elective for their Animation & Special Effects minor.

Double-counting: Students may double-count up to two of their IDeATe minor courses for other requirements.

Animation & Special Effects Faculty

The Animation & Special Effects faculty represent Carnegie Mellon's expertise in Art and Robotics. They carefully oversee the collaboration of students while delivering the IDeATe Animation & Special Effects courses.