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MACA 2250 - Compositing & 2D Animatics

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 1160 , MACA 1200 , and MACA 1900  

MACA 2250 develops a stylized sequential animatic from concept to completion, using both traditional and digital techniques in a 2D environment. Students create and design a script, storyboards, and character style sheets in concept form, which they then digitize and illustrate for the purpose of animating in 2D form on the computer.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to design, create, and execute an animatic.


  1. Conceptualize visual ideas.
  2. Create story concepts.
  3. Create thumbnails.
  4. Plan temporal connections.
  5. Illustrate rough layouts.
  6. Produce color comps.
  7. Render a final product.
  8. Animate objects in a 2-D environment.
  9. Utilize sound effects to enhance the animatic.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to produce animation-ready artwork and graphics in a vector application.

Objectives: Students will utilize such tools as

  1. Sketching.
  2. Acrylic painting.
  3. PhotoShop.
  4. Illustrator.
  5. After Effects.
  6. Use and enhance RGB color transition.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to develop character and story into a working digital animated clip.

Objectives: Students will:

  1. Produce traditional storyboards
  2. Transfer sequential art to a digital environment.
  3. Produce a finished product within designated timelines.
  4. In delivering criticism of other’s work, be considerate and focus the discussion on items over which the person has control. Respond non-defensively to criticism of one’s own work received from others.
  5. Successfully prepare artwork for print or web and create a printed presentation for the class.
  6. Present thorough sequences with consistency.
  7. Produce animated characters with sip-sync voice-overs.
  8. Render high quality files for DVD and web presentation.

  • 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
Week Topic

  1. Introduction/class foundation lecture
  2. Story Ideation and Development
  3. Storyboard/Concept Mechanics
  4. Lab development
  5. Adobe Illustrator Digital Art creation/finalizing animation plot and characters
  6. 2D Animation Techniques: Color and Mood/Movement and Pace
  7. 2D Animation Techniques: Adobe After Effects animation concepts/skills
  8. Lab development
  9. Pre-visualization: use of animation “dailies/roughs” for timing/pre-development
  10. Digital Assets Development: scene backdrops/sound effects/voiceovers/special effects
  11. Lab development
  12. Post-visualization: Animation class critique/review
  13. Lab development
  14. Post-visualization: revision process development
  15. Final review*
  16. Utilized as a “float” week at instructor’s discretion to incorporate extra “lab development” time

Primary Faculty
Sheehan, Shawn
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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