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Bryan · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

3d Modeling and Animation

  • Spring 2015
  • Section SECTION_300 CRN-20762
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/20/2015 to 05/15/2015
  • Modified 01/15/2015

Meeting Times

Full Studio

  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:10 AM to 11:50 AM, H126B

Full Studio means you attend lecture/studio full time on campus.  This course will also use eCampus.

Student Handbook:

Contact Information

Professor: Tim Weaver

Always email me for an appointment time.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, H238

(OR H126B Computer Lab)

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Studio art courses that explore the potential of the computer hardware and three dimensional software medium for their visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts. (ACGM)

2 class hours and 4 laboratory hours per week; 96 total credit hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Demonstrate knowledge of the historical background of 3D digital art as a multicultural artistic medium.

Employ appropriate technical processes for expression of physical, social, and psychological aspects of the 3D digital art form.

Demonstrate a capacity for synthesis by developing 3D digital art which incorporate and unify disparate elements, processes, motifs and concepts.

Critique the 3D digital art form.

Create 3D digital art works which explore design elements and principles.


Headphones/Earbuds - listen/watch lectures from a campus computer
Thumb Drive 8GB - file storage
Digital Camera

Sculptris from Pixelogic - Free Download

Course Requirements


3D Software:

Autodesk Maya - free

Compositing Software:
Adobe After Effects - Provided in Lab

Access to PC or Mac


Since this is a blended course you will need a compatible terminal to access and work with online course content.  You will also need a computer that is capable of running Adobe CC software.

-High-speed Internet connection
-1.3 GHz Pentium 4 Core Duo Processor or higher (Mac: G4 or higher)
- 4 GB of RAM or more

Supported Browsers for Blended Content



Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 9 or 10






Safari 5.1 or 6.0

For technical issues please visit:  eCampus Student Area




Headphones/Earbuds - listen/watch lectures from a campus computer
Thumb Drive 8GB - file storage
Digital Camera



You will be posting your final 3D work on youtube.  You'll provide me with a link to the work as well as the video file that you post.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Projects 48%

6 Projects (8%ea) - The Final Product

Assignments 18%

6 Assignments (3%ea) - Progress- Document the process of your work on every class day.

Class Participation 10%

Daily Updates - 5 2% ea

Critiques 24%

In Class Critiques - 2 12% ea

Total 100%


A (100 - 90%)  
B ( 89 - 80%)  
C ( 79 - 70%)  
D ( 69 - 60%)  
F ( < 60%)

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Faculty Handbook, the Board Policy and Administrative Procedure Manuals are applicable to this course.

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until the student arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference.

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Administrative Procedure Manual.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. The faculty shall require students to regularly attend class and shall keep a record of attendance from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his or her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function-If a student is asked by the College District to be an official representative of the College District at any function approved by the institution, the student shall be excused from any classes missed and must be allowed to complete all work without penalty for that absence(s) in a timely manner as directed by the faculty member;
  3. a high school student representing the independent school district at an official institutional function- If a high school student is asked by the independent school district to be an official representative of the school district at any function approved by the institution, the student shall be excused from any class missed and must be allowed to complete all work without penalty for the absence(s) in a timely manner as directed by the faculty member; and
  4. military service- If a student can prove he or she is serving on active duty to which he or she is called with the Armed Forces of the United States, the student shall be excused from attending classes and allowed to complete an assignment or take and examination from which the student is excused within a reasonable time after the absence.

Other absences may be excused at the discretion of the faculty member.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District. Board Policy FC (LOCAL)

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  More information on drop limits and withdrawing can be found in the Blinn College Catalog. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process to resolve the allegation as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Catalog.

Students with Disabilities

Non-Discrimination Statement

Blinn College does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by applicable federal laws and regulations. The designated coordinator for Blinn College’s compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) is Patricia E. Moran, M.Ed., 902 College Avenue, Brenham, TX 77833, (979) 830-4157. The College’s facilities are accessible to students and visitors with disabilities. Designated parking spaces, ramps, handicapped restroom facilities, elevators, and assistance from College employees are readily available on all campuses. The College’s faculty and staff work closely with students with disabilities to meet their individual needs. 

Services for Students with Documented Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities must self-identify and provide current, appropriate documentation of the disability to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) prior to receiving services. Students are encouraged to contact this office as early as possible to initiate services. Direct services to students with disabilities are provided in the following areas:

• Assessment of needs and appropriate services

• Provision of classroom and testing accommodations

• Assistance in orientation and registration procedures

• Counseling on disability related issues

Information, education, referrals, and consultation about specific disabilities are available to interested parties on request. For answers to specific questions or to request an information packet, contact the Office of Disability Services on the specific campus you will be attending.

Bryan Campus: (979) 209-7251; Brenham, Sealy, Schulenburg Campuses: (979) 830-4157

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline and steps for appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Catalog.

Electronic Devices

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the Blinn College Administrative Procedure Manual- Incivility Protocol.

Course Policies


Artwork not picked up by the last day of finals will be property of Blinn.

All students must complete the Blinn College art release form which can be found here:

Excused Absences via Attendance Verification Form

As a courtesy it is always a good idea to email me if you are absent and provide me information about your status.

In this class you get only a maximum of 3 excused absences that DO NOT conform to the Blinn College Attendance policy. This means I will only excuse 3 total.  That's it.  To be eligible to get an excused absence you must follow these steps:

  You must present the Attendance Verification form in writing (download off the eCampus page under "News") with attached required documentation to the instructor.  This needs to be presented within 24 hours after the next class day the student attends.  Instructions for this can be found with the download.  Documents must be handed directly to me.  No emails with scans.  All verification forms must have appropriate attached documentation.

STEP 2:  The instructor will either excuse the absence or allow the student (again in writing)  the option of presenting a make-up.

STEP 3:  The instructor excuses the absence if the student has sufficient documentation for the verification form or has fulfilled the obligation for make-up.  Approval is in the form of the instructor's signature on the form with an "E" listed for that absence on the online attendance report.

All excused absence claims must be handled in writing on actual paper with the instructor.  Emails of doctors notes, emails with long narratives, emails with excuses, emails from parents, emails in any shape or form DO NOT get you an excused absence.  Only the attendance verification form with necessary and verifiable attached documents or the completed make-up option will be accepted.  Again, this must be handed to me in person.

DEADLINE for completed make-up option:  No longer than 1 week after the lst missed class day.  The make-up dates are usually agreed upon and proposed by the student in writing in the verification form.  This date must also conform to the dates the class is officially held.  There will be no make-ups when the class has ended for the semester.  This does not include final exam times.

2 Unexcused Absences:  The college will send you an email warning.  Please read it and understand it.

4 Unexcused Absences:  You will be dropped from the roster and the college will send you an email.

If you are on your 4th unexcused absence and we are within 24 hours of the Q drop date, you will be dropped and it will be your responsibility to provide the burden of proof to the assistant dean or department head for re-instatement.  I will provide any help I can.

If you are on your fourth absence, and you know you have documentation or have the possibility of providing a feasible make-up option then you must email me within 24 hours of the 4th unexcused absence date so I do not drop you from the course. 


Arriving to class late will result in a 5 point grade deduction on the assignment for that week.  This adds up - every tardy costs you an additional 5 points.  You are late when I have taken attendance in the class and you are not physically there.  Any excusable tardies can be handled via the attendance verification form.  Make-ups are allowed and need to be handled via the form as well.

Tardies add up:

First - warning
Second - 5pts
Third - 10 pts
Fourth - 15pts
Fifth - 20 pts
t         (t-1)*5

This does not reset.

Grading Rubric

Project/Activities Rubric

Grade Requirements
95 Exceeded expectations
90 Innovative creativity
85 Thoughtful composition 
80 Excellent craftsmanship
75 Completed Requirements
50 More than half completed/No work file submission 
25 Less than half completed.

 Critique Rubric 

Grade Requirements
95 Demonstrated deep insight and critical thinking
90 Provided alternative ways of thinking, approaches and point of view for improvement
85 Analysis of creativity in the work
80 Analysis of composition/framing in the work
75 Analysis of the craftsmanship/technique in the work.
50 More than half completed 
25  Less than half completed

Late:  10 pts/class period.  Applies to projects and activities.

Incomplete Penalty: 3pts/class period with initial work in progress submission.  Only applies to Projects and activities.

Topic Posts past deadline:  Not accepted - zero 

Topic Replies/Critiques:  Failure to post your own work for critique will give you a 15 point penalty on the critique(s) you give.

Quizzes:  Not accepted after deadline.  Quizzes with no work files are automatic zeroes  




Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1

Lecture(s): Course Intro, Maya Demo
Assignment(s): A1: Lighting a Sphere

Contact Hours:6

Week 2

Lecture(s): Lights, Shadows, Rendering, Shaders, Textures, Ambient Occlusion, After Effects Composite
Assignment(s): A1:  Lighting a Sphere

Contact Hours:6

Week 3

Lecture(s): Polygonal Modeling, Nurbs Modeling, SubDs, Modeling Techniques, Grouping
Assignment(s): A2:  Interior Space

Contact Hours:6

Week 4

Lecture(s):  Render Layers
Assignment(s): A2:  Interior Space

Contact Hours:6

Week 5

Lecture(s): Timeline, Graph Editor, Turntable and Rotations, Rendering multiple frames
Assignment(s): A3: Robot/Character Model 2 Frame Animation

Contact Hours:6

Week 6

Lecture(s): Anticpation - Follow-through
Assignment(s) A3: Robot/Character Model 2 Frame Animation

Contact Hours:6

Week 7

Lecture(s):Hypershade and shading networks, Hypergraph
Assignment(s) A3: Robot/Character Model 2 Frame Animation

Contact Hours:6

Week 8

Lecture(s): Midterm Critiques
Assignment(s): Midterm Reel Review

Contact Hours:6

Week 9

Lecture(s): Gear Animation, Graph Editor, Animation Curves, Secondary Motion
Assignment(s): A4:  Rotations 

Contact Hours:6

Week 10

Lecture(s):  Expressions vs. Curves
Assignment(s) A4:  Rotations

Contact Hours:6

Week 11

Lecture(s): Animation of a ball, Graph Editor, Animation Curves
Assignment(s): A4:  Bounce - Squash and Stretch

Contact Hours:6

Week 12

Lecture(s): Joints, Rigging, IK/FK
Assignment(s): A6:  Walk Cycle

Contact Hours:6

Week 13

Lecture(s):  Walk Key Frames, Reference Video
Assignment(s):A6: Walk Cycle

Contact Hours:6

Week 14

Lecture(s): Compositing CG Elements into Real Footage Part 1
Assignment(s): A6:  Walk Cycle

Contact Hours:6

Week 15

Lecture(s): Compositing CG Elements into Real Footage Part 2
Assignment(s): A6:  Walk Cycle

Contact Hours:6

Week 16

Assignment(s):  Final Reel Critique
Final Exam

Contact Hours:6


Total Contact Hours: 96