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MACA 1160 - Previsualization

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly MACA 1150)

Student projects examine a variety of concept and storytelling processes through visual communication. From print to film to animation to interactive media, the class focuses on the creative aspects of previsualization for industry and storyboarding in the communicative arts.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to visually create a storyboard.


  1. Develop presentation techniques.
  2. Set camera angles.
  3. Create background sketch techniques.
  4. Apply basic camera movements.
  5. Stage dialogue.
  6. Work with different aspect ratios.
  7. Use terminology and abbreviations in assignments and classroom discussions.
  8. Create figure invention.
  9. Read a script.
  10. Convey framing heights.
  11. Use arrows to indicate movement.
  12. Illustrate camera techniques.
  13. Illustrate editing transitions.
  14. Convey perspective with no tangents.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to create sequential images required to tell a story visually.


  1. Create images to convey a story.
  2. Create temporal connections.
  3. Write a script.
  4. Produce a final project that is both visual and narrative.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to visually stimulate the theory of light on basic shapes to convey cinematic atmosphere.


  1. Recognize and produce various methods of color proofing.
  2. Create special effects with scanned images.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate skills to apply the principles of value, hue, and intensity to their renderings in full color, indicating full comprehension of light, shadow, color, intensity, and value.


  1. Convey composition.
  2. Demonstrate contrast in value.
  3. Demonstrate contrast in edge control.
  4. Indicate tangible atmosphere.
  5. Indicate stylistic atmosphere.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to previsualize imagery.


  1. Produce thumbnails.
  2. Illustrate roughs.
  3. Conceptualize ideas.

  • 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
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction
    1. Classroom etiquette
    2. Attendance policy
    3. Departmental codes
    4. Materials
  2. Drawing from Memory Exercises
  3. Sequential Art Storytelling Exercise
  4. Figure invention
    1. Human Head
    2. Body
  5. Script Reading
  6. Framing Heights
  7. Use of Arrows
  8. Aspect Ratios
  9. Script Writing
  10. Camera Techniques and Transitions
  11. Previsualizing Cinematography
    1. Perspective
    2. Tangents
    3. Composition
    4. Contrast
      1. value
      2. edge control
    5. Atmosphere
      1. tangible
      2. stylistic
  12. Temporal Connections
    1. context
    2. syntax
  13. Staging Dialogue
  14. Final Project
    1. visual and narrative
    2. TBD individually with student as it relates to illustration fundamentals

Primary Faculty
Busch, Matthew S
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

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

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