CIS120DL After Effects, 3 Credits
Introduction to Adobe After Effects
Delivered Online through Canvas
Glendale Community College
Spring - 2021, Sec.#11314
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Being an online course, you do your work on your own schedule but a
minimum of one assignment per week is required.
Includes creating visual effects for video projects. Techniques and methodologies used to create shots for big budget special effects will be explored. Topics such as color and light matching, keying, motion tracking, rotoscoping and working with film will be discussed.
In this course you will work through project lessons of the textbook
and then produce a Final Project consisting of a video project
demonstrating your competent handle on the basics of Visual Special Effects with Adobe After Effects.
The Topic of your final project will be chosen by you. (topic must be
approved by instructor).
For this course you will be using the Classroom in a Book Series. You may use whichever version of text that corresponds to the version of the software that you have, CC 2020 or CC 2022 etc... If you buy a used book, make sure it comes with the lesson files. You may also use the online text versions if you like as well. Infact this is preferable as they are quicker to reference and are usually cheaper too.
For this course you will need access to the Adobe Software that corresponds to this course. You have some options to choose from to get access to the software. If you choose to put the software on your own computer you must be sure that your computer is beefy enouph to adequately handle it.
- Identify terminology and workspace objects.
- Composite a project using After Effects.
- Organize a project using the timeline.
- Create selections for a project.
- Optimize the pipeline.
- Integrate core techniques of effects compositing.
- Create light, climate, environment and pyrotechnic effects.
Starting the Course
Your first login to
Canvas is considered your first attendance, officially starting the course and you are given credit for it. If in the event you are withdrawn from the course for lack of activity, your last access to Canvas or another course related system will be noted as your last date of attendance.
The assignments for this course use project lesson files that are either located on the data disk that accompanies your course text or that can be downloaded from the course text website. Included with most of the lesson files is a finished version of each lesson that gives you an idea of what your lesson should look like when you are done. For each lesson you should open up the finished version to get an idea of where you are going with the lesson. You will be submitting your work through Canvas. A minimum of one lesson per week is required. Late assignments will be docked 10%. If you are unable to get your assignment in during a given week, but are still planning on continuing the course, you need to post a note in the discussion forum that you will be getting the assignment in as soon as you can and that you are still active in the class.Students falling behind by three weekly assignments will be subject to withdrawal. I am willing to work with anyone who needs help, but if you get behind by three weeks it will make it very difficult to successfully complete the course in the given amount of time. The time required to complete an assignment for this course ranges from two to four hours, or more. This amount of time needs to be set aside each week for you to finish an assignment. In order to better comprehend a lesson it is best if you can complete each assignment in an unbroken work period, however you may break a lesson down into multiple smaller time periods if your schedule does not allow for you to complete it in one sitting.
As a Maricopa Community College student you have been given a student email address with your Maricopa Community College Enterprise ID as your username (YourUsername@maricopa.edu). The school uses this email account as an official channel for correspondence and you are responsible for maintaining this email account. Canvas is connected to this account as well. That means that if your instructor responds to you through the Canvas email, the email will go to your student email address (that is if the system is working properly). You may configure this account to forward your email to an account that you might prefer to use instead but it is your responsibility to set it up and maintain this email account. When corresponding with me as your instructor, you should send your email to my instructor email account, email@example.com. Email sent to my student email account may not be seen in a timely
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All email correspondence must include the following contact info:
This information can be found in Canvas or your My.maricopa.edu. You may want to have it handy somewhere so that you can quickly copy and paste it in your email correspondences.
- Full Name: (as it is listed in the official grading system)
- MEID Username: (the one you use to log into Canvas and your Student Email)
- Course Name: (ex. CIS120DF Photoshop, or CIS120DB Illustrator, etc...)
- Section #: (this number can be found in Canvas next to the name of the course)
- Term: (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Do NOT include passwords or your Social Security Number.
Grades for this course will be based upon the satisfactory completion of the assignments.
90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B,
70 – 79% = C,
55 – 69% = D,
It is my practice to withdraw students who get below a (D). If you require a letter grade (F) instead of a withdrawal (W), then you need to let me know during final grading near the end of the class. However there is no reason that you should get lower than a (C) if you just complete all the work.
Your Feedback is Important!
I want this course to be the best that it can be, so if you have any feedback concerning it please, do not hesitate to let me know. As a student of this course you are the best person to offer constructive criticism that will not only benefit you but those students who come after you. In your comments please include why you liked the things you did and why and how you think other things should be changed. Thank you for your feedback, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Rights & Responsibilities
It is the student's responsibility to read and be familiar with the course syllabus. Additionally it is the student's responsibility to be familiar with college policies covered in the Glendale Community College Catalog, Student Handbook, and GCC Policies that apply to you.
Please make note of the following sections:
Free tutoring in-person and online, and other academic support services are available for GCC students. For detailed schedules and services available, go to https://www.gccaz.edu/tutoring
GCC Netiquette Guidelines
Netiquette refers to etiquette on the Internet (or net). In an online course you will have your communication skills tested! You will be speaking through writing both to fellow students and instructors, so it is imperative to communicate well and professionally. The golden rule of netiquette in an online class or environment is, do not do or say online what you would not do or say in-person.
Diversity and a Safe Learning Environment
This classroom will be a safe learning environment for every individual as far as I am able to ensure that outcome. This means I will treat each student with respect, and in turn I expect respect to be given to the instructor and every individual in this course. Disagreement does not equal disrespect. We all bring different points of view, different personal values, different life experiences, and different personal preferences with us into the classroom. This diversity makes for great discussion, adds interesting dimensions to our interpersonal relationships, and is welcome in the academic arena. Though we celebrate our differences, I expect each student to respect the rights and needs of fellow classmates. Students cannot feel safe to express themselves without the assurance that their ideas, attitudes and beliefs will be treated with respect.
Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Each class/term/semester that a student is in need of academic adjustments/accommodations, the qualified student is required to work with the Disability Resources & Services Office (DRS) at their individual college(s). Contact with the DRS should be made as soon as possible to ensure academic needs are met in a reasonable time. New and returning students must request accommodations each semester through DRS Connect online services. To learn more about this easy process, please contact your local DRS office.
If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations, you are welcome to contact DRS by using the information listed on the following webpage: Disability Resource Services (DRS) Office. The DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions qualifying for accommodations/academic adjustments. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your faculty, and DRS; and only those academic adjustments/reasonable accommodations granted by the DRS are recognized by the college and District. It is the policy and practice of the MCCCD to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
Title IX Syllabus Statement:
Addressing Incidents of Sexual Harassment/Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MCCCD prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The District also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, District employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in District policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by District policy.
District policy requires all college and District employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the college Title IX Coordinator. MCCCD will provide on its Title IX Coordinators web page, a link to all the Title IX Coordinators in the district. Reports may also be reported at: https://district.maricopa.edu/consumer-information/reporting.
Instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this syllabus or assignments for the particular needs of this class.