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Upcoming Semester- Course Applications

The courses below each have their own application requirements and prerequisites. Please view the corresponding application link to learn more about each one.

Applications for all classes below have closed. Decisions will be sent out to all applicants on Friday, October 29th. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be accepted. Course sizes are limited and not all students will be accepted.

Any questions or concerns please email Alex Gutierrez at alex.gutierrez@utdallas.edu.

 

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Spring 2022

ATCM 4332 Critical Media Studies Lab

The Spring 2022 offering of CMS Lab I will have students develop, research, write, and produce a short-run nonfiction podcast series called A Few Words before the End of the World, which will feature segments covering a variety of topics of critical importance to understand contemporary media and culture. A Few Words is not an opinion fest, but a carefully researched and tightly produced audio exploration of things that matter to informed members of society. Think the production design of Radiolab and Twenty Thousand Hertz, the incisiveness of On the Media and Science Vs, the critical reflection of Code Switch and Latino USA. The concept and details for each of the episodes will be student-driven in consultation with the instructor.

NOTE: While priority registration is granted to students in CMS concentration, students do not have to be in CMS concentration in order to apply.

Prerequisites: Submission of application, extended Deadline Nov. 14th.

Application Link: Download Application

ATCM 4339 Motion Graphics Lab

This advanced motion graphics course mimics a motion design studio environment and activities. Student teams will develop an animated visual essay for a client-based project, beginning with a visual treatment for a script or concept and continuing through all aspects of motion graphics production. Areas of practice include concept art, storyboarding, pitching ideas, animation, sound design, editing, and project management.

**Any students interested must apply for access into the course.**

Prerequisites: Submission of application, extended Deadline Nov. 14th.

Application Link: https://bit.ly/S22MotionGrphLab

ATCM 4305 Computer Animation II

This course is a further exploration of ideas and principles and concepts utilized in the Computer Animation I course. This class will focus on mechanics, movement of the human body and translation into believable performances through animation. Registration for this course will be based on the faculty's review of the student's portfolio.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3305 with B or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4307 Lighting & Composition II

This advanced level course builds on the topics and workflows presented in Lighting and Composition I. Advanced lighting and compositing fundamentals are discussed and examined. The principles and techniques covered are geared towards feature film and television work. Areas covered include Global Illumination, image-based lighting (IBL), and node-based compositing. Registration for this course will be based on the faculty's review of the student's portfolio.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3307 with B or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4312 Digital Sculpting

This class takes an artistic based approach to the creation of 3D polygonal geometry. Students will focus on critical concepts including proportion, form, and translation of 2D designs to 3D figures. Various tools and techniques will be discussed allowing for the creation of custom workflows and methodologies.

NOTE: This class uses Pixologic Zbrush - a very expensive software! Luckily, the school provides the software for you in the ATEC labs. Students need to be prepared to either complete homework by remoting into the ATEC Labs via VPN or to come and work on campus in the open lab. 

Prerequisites: ATCM 3306 Grade B or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4313 Visual Effects (VFX)

This course presents procedural methods, such as particle systems and dynamics, for the creation of visual effects used in films and animation. Students learn a variety of procedural methods and problem-solving skills needed to effectively produce and direct visual effects sequences.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3305, ATCM 3306, ATCM 3307 or ATCM 3308 Grade C or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4314 Character Effects (CFX)

Students learn the principles of designing and executing character grooms using the latest tools and techniques common in major film studios today. They will also develop technical skills in cloth simulation and a deeper understanding of fluid cloth simulation of fabric-based materials.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3305, ATCM 3306, ATCM 3307 or ATCM 3308 Grade B or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4315 Computer Animation III

In this course students will establish an understanding of acting and body language as it pertains to animation. Students will continue to build a vocabulary of terms and concepts and develop their constructive, technical, and aesthetic ability to critique as it relates to animation as an art form. Students will continue to develop a practical understanding of the specific computers and software used in the course as it pertains to the animation workflow.

Prerequisites: Completion of ATCM 4305 AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4316 Animation Lab I

This advanced course mimics an animation studio environment. All major areas of production are represented and work together to create a fully realized 3D animated short. This course utilizes various aspects of all areas of computer animation including story development, layout, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and lighting, rendering/compositing, sound design, and project planning and management. This is a two-semester sequence course.

Prerequisites: Submission of application.

 **Any students interested must apply for access into the course.**

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4319.003 Topics in Animation: Collaborative Modeling

This course explores collaborative design through 3D modeling. Students will engage in the creation of unique 3D scenes and illustrations through teamwork. Topics will include preproduction and organization, pipeline procedures, and methods for ensuring unity across a collective project.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3306 Grade B or higher AND submission of application.

 **Any students interested must apply for access into the course.**

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4370 Virtual Environments II

This course explores the advanced methods and techniques used in virtual environments for real-time experiences and simulations. Topics may include composition, style adherence, shader development, vertex painting, indexical storytelling, and pipeline optimization.

Prerequisites: ATCM 3370 with B or higher AND submission of application.

Application Link: Closed

ATCM 4376_4377 Game Production Lab

This course functions as a simulation of the game development industry and is intended for students who have completed substantial coursework in game development and design. Students in the course develop selected original game concepts through multiple iterations and milestones, culminating in a professional-level release. Registration for this course will be based on the faculty's review of the student's portfolio.

Prerequisites: Submission of application.

**Any students interested must apply for access into the course.**

Application Link: Closed

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