ANI121 Animation 1: Basics of animation - 2D/cartoons

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Animasjon 1: Grunnprinsippa i animasjon - 2D/teiknefilm
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Animation
Teaching semester: 
2020 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2020 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian / English
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

The course consist of the basic principles in animation films. Use of line-test and Animatic, basic cartoon layout, basic training in software for digital coloring and completion of a cartoon film. The students shall receive basic introduction to, and practical experience with, use of equipment for sound recording and software for editing video and sound. 

Admission for exchange students is based exclusively on portfolio assessment. All exchange students must submit a link to their online portfolio, together with the application documents.

Learning outcome

In accordance to the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course: 

Learning outcome knowledge

• basic principles for movement and patterns of movement in animation

• various software for the production of cartoons and for editing sound and video

Learning outcome skills

• be able to make and simple animation film sequences

• be able to use digital animation software for coloring and completion of a cartoon

• be able to edit a simple animation film

Learning outcome qualification

• be able to use drawings as a form of expression in animation

• the student should be aware of the possibilities and limitations of animation films in conveying a story, and through practical work, know how ideas and stories can be visualized through storyboards and animatics

Working and learning activities

Lectures, group work and individual work with tutoring. Attendance is mandatory.

Assessment requirements

Course leader informs by semester start of the actual project. Final exam is based on a portfolio assessment.

Portfolio content:
- basic cartoon excersises
- one animatic
- digital cartoon excersises

Evaluation system

Grading will be done in accordance with the Regulations governing admission, studies and examinations at Volda University College


The course will be evaluated in accordance with the University College’s routines for quality assurance.

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Trygve Selnes Nielsen
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Animation
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Portfolio- 1SemesterPass / fail 100
Form of assessment:Portfolio
Duration: 1
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Proportion: 100
Supported material:
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Odd Ragnar Hunnes 26.02.20