With increasing expansion, animation serves as a vital tool to highlight injustices, explain data and essential information, and bring new understanding to critical issues. This course focuses on communication, problem solving, and reflection upon global and local issues through the medium of animation. The fundamentals of sequential art are introduced through a variety of methods and materials, including flipbooks, storyboards, collage, cutouts, and stop-motion techniques. Students think and learn about the roles of artist-as-communicator and artist-as-educator with the ability to create content that is impactful, dynamic and effective. Students create palimpsest animations inspired by the work of William Kentridge, pixilation projects based on personal interviews, haikus using cutout and collage techniques, and frame-by-frame character animation. Independent research of political and socioeconomic areas of interest provides students with the content to develop their unique vision.
In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.
In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.
PrerequisitesThis course is part of RISD's Advanced Program for High School Students, a collegiate-level program for students ages 15–18 in grades 10–12.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Advanced Program for High School Students : Featured Topic: Animation: Beyond Entertainment and Visual + Critical Language