Animation

With the growing need for 3D computer animation worldwide, the Animation program offers student artists a chance to take their first steps towards a career creating visual effects. This program will provide creative and technical skills students need to transfer seamlessly to the best animation schools in the country and eventually find a career in the animation industry.

Students will gain knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines by learning drawing techniques, figure drawing, basic design and storyboarding, as well as professional animation software. Graduates will have acquired the personal and professional skills necessary to begin their career as visual artists in a highly competitive, creative medium.

General Education Foundation
Communication 6
English Composition I
English Composition II
Math-Science-Technology7-9
Mathematics Elective (3/4)
Laboratory Science Elective (4)
Computer Information Literacy (0/1)
Social Science OR Humanities3
Social Science or Humanities Elective
General Education Electives9
Art History I
Art History II
Speech Fundamentals
General Education Foundation Credits25-27
ANIMATION CORE (39)
ART-122Drawing I3
ART-123Drawing II3
ART-124Figure Drawing3
ART-130Two Dimensional Design3
ART-131Color Theory3
ART-219Painting I3
MED-110Multimedia I3
MED-113Multimedia II3
COM-114Media Aesthetics3
MED-220Animation3
MED-240Advanced Animation3
ART-230Portfolio and Presentation3
Animation Elective3
ANIMATION CORE (39) Credits39
TOTAL CREDITS64/66
TOTAL CREDITS Credits0

Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap
Chairperson, Art and Design
Associate Professor, Art and Design
M.F.A., Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
B.F.A., New Jersey City University
EH 101    973-328-5435     ngruneiro@ccm.edu

Nancy Binowski
Chairperson, Information Technologies
Associate Professor, Information Technologies
M.S. Courant Institute of Mathematics, New York University
B.A., Rutgers University
EH 225     973-328-5780     nbinowski@ccm.edu

Keith Smith
Special Projects, Visual Arts
Professor, Art and Design
M.F.A., B.F.A., California College of the Arts, San Francisco
EH 130     973-328-5779      ksmith@ccm.edu

Todd Doney
Assistant Professor, Art and Design
MFA, New Jersey City University
B.A., Thomas Edison State College
A.A., American Academy of Art
A.A., Harper College
EH 134    973-328-5446     tdoney@ccm.edu
 

Courses

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ART-114. Contemporary Art. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Contemporary Art launches with a review of 19th and 20th century art and then brings students to the here and now, the art and the artists of today. In lectures, multimedia presentations and field experiences, students are exposed to the pluralism of the new global art world.

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ART-116. American Art. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
A survey and overview of the development of visual art traditions in America beginning with the colonization of the Americas and continuing through the Modern and Post-Modern periods. Arts, crafts and architecture are examined as well as Native American, African American, Hispanic and other cultural influences contributing to the development of a uniquely American experience and vision.

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ART-122. Drawing I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Drawing I, beginning art students learn the methods, materials and visual information needed to draw what we see. In small steps, students are led through a series of simple exercises designed to build competence and confidence. The diversity and complexity of the subjects drawn gradually grows along with students' drawing and visual skills. Students create a sketch book and a portfolio including still life drawings, landscape drawings, perspective drawings and portraiture. Materials used include pencil,charcoal, conte crayon and ink.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-123. Drawing II. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Drawing II is an intermediate-level drawing course designed for students who wish to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in ART-122 Drawing I. Students explore a wide range of tools, mediums and surfaces. Larger scale drawings, the introduction of color in drawing and experimentation with subjects and visual space are encouraged. Drawing II also includes a study of basic anatomy for artists and an introduction to drawing from live nude models, both male and female. By semester end, successful students will have created a sketch book and diverse portfolio of competent and expressive drawings that complement student portfolios begun in ART-122 Drawing I.
Prerequisites: ART-122
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-124. Figure Drawing. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Figure Drawing, student artists draw from live nude models, both male and female, study in-depth anatomy for artists and explore a variety of methods and materials to create expressive drawings of the human figure. By the end of the semester, successful students will have created a wide selection of figure drawings to support the drawing portfolio begun in Drawing I and continued in Drawing II.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-123
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-130. Two Dimensional Design. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Two Dimensional Design, students learn, through lectures, multimedia presentations, and simple drawing, painting and collage projects, how to control and compose visual elements on a two-dimensional plane. These visual elements include line, shape, light, texture, scale and a brief introduction to color applied on two-dimensional surfaces such as paper, board and canvas-board. Student artists who successfully complete this course will have a solid initial portfolio and the fundamental knowledge and basic skills needed to create better, more effective photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, illustrations, designs and graphic designs.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-131. Color Theory. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Color Theory students learn, through lectures, multimedia presentations and assigned projects using a variety of art mediums, how color affects the human eye, mind, body and spirit. Students who successfully complete this course will add a strong body of artwork that exhibits a working knowledge of color theory and its application in the visual arts, adding to the initial portfolio of artwork created in Drawing I and Two Dimensional Design.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-132. Three Dimensional Design. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Three Dimensional Design, students, through lectures, multimedia presentations and assigned projects using a variety of materials and the basic aspects of planning, sketching and modeling,learn to understand and control the visual and physical forces inherent in the creation of three-dimensional objects. Students who successfully complete this course will add a body of three-dimensional art work to their portfolios. Student artists will also possess the fundamental knowledge and basic skills needed to pursue further studies in sculpture, ceramics, design (product, industrial, interior, fashion) and architecture.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-133. Art History I. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Art History I is a global survey of the major developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the cave art of prehistory through the art of Africa, the Near East, South and South East Asia, Korea, China, Japan, Egypt, Greece and Rome, through the Gothic in Europe. Students explore, through lectures, multimedia presentations and a field experience at major art museums, the social, technological and spiritual changes that influenced the evolution of subjects, styles and ideas expressed in early art.

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ART-134. Art History II. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Art History II explores the significant developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the High Renaissance to the art of the late 20th century, and the art of Africa and the Americas. Political, religious, scientific, industrial and technological revolutions are mirrored in the powerful and dramatic changes that take place in the art world. Through lecture, visual presentations and a field experience, students discover important stylistic movements of the last half-millennium from around the world.

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ART-219. Painting I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Painting I introduces students to the technical, formal and creative aspects of painting in either oil or acrylic paint. Student artists work with diverse subject matter and explore a variety of methods, tools and materials.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130, ART-131
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-220. Painting II. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Painting II advances students in the technical, formal and creative aspects of painting in either oil or acrylic paint. Student artists work with diverse subject matter and explore a variety of methods,tools and materials.
Prerequisites: ART-219
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-223. Printmaking I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Printmaking I introduces students to the historical, technical, formal and creative aspects of printmaking. Student artists work with new nontoxic water-based materials in an exploration of printing methods such as monotypes, relief prints, silk-screens and etching.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130.

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ART-224. Printmaking II. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Printmaking II is a continuation of Printmaking I with greater emphasis on color, originality, personal style and self-expression. Student artists are challenged to create a connected body of prints or an artist's book.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130, ART-131, ART-223.

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ART-228. Sculpture I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
In Sculpture I, students explore space and form, and three-dimensional media in the creation of expressive sculptural objects. Students model, carve and construct in a variety of media such as clay, plaster, stone, wood, metal and paper.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130, ART-131, ART-132
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-229. Sculpture II. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Sculpture II builds on the basic skills acquired in prerequisite courses and Sculpture I. Sculpture II is an extension of Sculpture I with a greater emphasis on originality and personal style and self-expression. Student artists continue to develop their understanding of the human figure, form and of the media and techniques by which to represent them.
Prerequisites: ART-228
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-230. Portfolio and Presentation. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 1 hr
Portfolio and Presentation guides students in the selection of artworks appropriate to include in final portfolios. Students improve, restore, repair or complete any work necessary to the portfolio. Students assemble, collate and document all work in physical and digital forms in preparation for submission to targeted transfer institutions, galleries, museums or prospective employers or clients. Students create written documents including resumes, cover letters and biographies to support professional activities. A final art exhibition and formal presentation of the portfolio and supporting materials are required.
Prerequisites: ART-122, ART-130, ART-131 and ART-132
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-233. Independent Study I. 1 Credit.

LECT 1 hr
Course study designed with a faculty advisor. The student is responsible for developing a statement of goals and objectives and submitting proposed projects.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-234. Independent Study II. 2 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs
A project designed with a faculty advisor. The student is responsible for developing a statement of goals and objectives, maintaining a weekly log and submitting a summary project.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-237. Watercolor Painting. 3 Credits.

LECT 1 hr, LAB 4 hrs
In this course, students learn, through demonstration and experience, how to paint using the expressive medium of watercolor. Students create still life, landscape, figurative and abstract paintings. Students who successfully complete this course will have a portfolio of watercolor paintings and the fundamental knowledge and basic skills needed to effectively use the medium.

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ART-238. Independent Study III. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
A project designed with a faculty advisor. The student is responsible for developing a statement of goals and objectives, maintaining a weekly log and submitting a summary project.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-241. Ceramics I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
The study and practice of ceramics - the preparation of clay, hand building,wheel-throwing and glazing. Emphasis is placed on contemporary American techniques.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-242. Ceramics II. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
The study and practice of ceramics. Emphasis is placed on producing finished ceramic artworks.
Prerequisites: ART-241
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-250. Beginning Glassblowing I. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 1 hr
This course provides a basic introduction to hot glassblowing. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and exercises students will be introduced to a variety of techniques used to produce functional and artistic glass objects. Students will be introduced to the history of glassmaking and its development to contemporary equipment and practice.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-251. Intermediate Glassblowing. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 1 hr
This course provides advanced topics in hot glassblowing. It condenses years of knowledge into a series of explanations, demonstrations and exercises. Students will continue their knowledge of various methods and techniques giving them the experience to create both functional and artistic glass objects. Students will be briefed in advanced techniques of glass making as it relates to contemporary equipment and practice.
Prerequisites: ART-250
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-291. Special Topics in Art. 3 Credits.

LECT 2 hrs, LAB 3 hrs
Studio work in selected topics or issues in art.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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ART-292. Special Topics in Art. 3 Credits.

LECT 1 hr, LAB 4 hrs
Studio work in selected topics or issues in art.
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.