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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MACA 2540 - 3D Animation

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 2510  

MACA 2540 introduces students to many of the 3D animation tools available. Students learn methods and practices to maintain flexibility and efficiency when animating objects.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create simple animation rigs.


  1. Create bones/joints.
  2. Create IK handles.
  3. Create constraints.
  4. Create attributes.
  5. Create control objects.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use character sets.


  1. Create major character sets.
  2. Create sub-character sets.
  3. Add attributes to individual sets.
  4. Animate objects in sets.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to animate objects.


  1. Create animation keys.
  2. Create breakdown keys.
  3. Utilize locked attributes.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to edit keys.


  1. Use the graph editor.
  2. Use the dope sheet.
  3. Manually move keys in the timeline.
  4. Copy and paste keys.
  5. Loop keys.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to manipulate geometry.


  1. Parent geometry to joints.
  2. Rigid bind geometry.
  3. Smooth bind geometry.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Introduction to animation concepts and their correlation to 3D
  2. Simple animation. Simple object
  3. Complex animation. Simple object
  4. Setting up rigging controls
  5. Utilizing complex rigs.
  6. Animating a cycle of a biped
  7. Animating a scene with a biped

Primary Faculty
Sarcona, Shaun
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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