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3rd year: Winter semester

AniTrailer + AniSpace

In the Winter semester in the 3rd year of study, students work in teams to...

Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings...

3rd year: Summer semester

Diploma project module 1: Research

Students specialising in TD work in parallel as technical directors on...

Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 3rd year, students from all...

Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings...

AniTrailer + AniSpace

In the Winter semester in the 3rd year of study, students work in teams to produce trailers for the International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart. Ultimately, the Festival selects one of the trailers as an official trailer for the following year. During the semester, team meetings take place on a weekly basis. The semester presentation takes place in March, in the form of the presentation of the final trailer/project.


Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings take place at regular intervals. 

Examples:

  • The Big Picture (...and the TD role): Joel Green – CG Supervisor, Double Negative 
  • Katana Hands On – Stefan Habel, The Foundry 
  • Effects TD at Disney Feature Animation: Hendrik Panz, Effects Animator, Disney Feature Animation 
  • Arnold in Depth - Phy Physically-based Shading and Rendering: Marcel Reinhardt, Mikros Image 
  • Imaged Based Lighting & Physically Plausible Shading in Renderman: Christos Obretenov, Lollipop Shaders 
  • Virtual Filmmaking – Introduction to latest Technology : R&D Group & Crytek Cinebox Team

Diploma project module 1: Research

Students specialising in TD work in parallel as technical directors on various animation and VFX projects carried out by the Animation Institute and the Film Academy. Projects typically consist of five phases: brainstorming, idea development, pre-production, production, and project completion.


Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 3rd year, students from all areas of study discuss the progress of their projects.


Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings take place at regular intervals. 

Examples:

  • The Big Picture (...and the TD role): Joel Green – CG Supervisor, Double Negative 
  • Katana Hands On – Stefan Habel, The Foundry 
  • Effects TD at Disney Feature Animation: Hendrik Panz, Effects Animator, Disney Feature Animation 
  • Arnold in Depth - Phy Physically-based Shading and Rendering: Marcel Reinhardt, Mikros Image 
  • Imaged Based Lighting & Physically Plausible Shading in Renderman: Christos Obretenov, Lollipop Shaders 
  • Virtual Filmmaking – Introduction to latest Technology : R&D Group & Crytek Cinebox Team

4th year: Winter semester

Scientific Research Project

From the beginning of the 4th year of study, and by the end of December at...

Diploma module 2: Concept & art

In the fourth year of study, the diploma projects are planned in detail and...

Diploma module 3: Pre-production

All artistic and production issues must have been resolved by the end of...

Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 4th year, students from all...

Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings...

Scientific Research Project

From the beginning of the 4th year of study, and by the end of December at the latest, each TD student researches three technical/scientific project topics which s/he wants to address more intensively. Each TD student will be supported by a colleague from the Research & Development department.

  • Project Topic 1 is freely selectable, and should focus on a publication.
  • Project Topic 2 should be based on ongoing or completed research and development work.
  • Projekt-Thema 3 befasst sich mit der Erweiterungen zu bestehenden Open-Source und Open-Format Projekten 

In the 12 months that follow, one of these topics will be realised, implemented, and possibly extended, so that it can be published at conferences. An important part of this project is that the developed tools can actually be used in the Film Academy’s productions. For this reason, the source code should be managed by the AI-SVN, and a basic description of the creation of the tools and their (GUI) functionality should be provided in the wiki. The documentation should be in English.


Diploma module 2: Concept & art

In the fourth year of study, the diploma projects are planned in detail and implemented. Up to the Christmas break in the 4th year of study, the best ideas are fully developed and presented in a project portfolio.

 


Diploma module 3: Pre-production

 

All artistic and production issues must have been resolved by the end of the Winter semester in the 4th year of study.


Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 4th year, students from all areas of study discuss the progress of their projects.


Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings take place at regular intervals. 

Examples:

  • The Big Picture (...and the TD role): Joel Green – CG Supervisor, Double Negative 
  • Katana Hands On – Stefan Habel, The Foundry 
  • Effects TD at Disney Feature Animation: Hendrik Panz, Effects Animator, Disney Feature Animation 
  • Arnold in Depth - Phy Physically-based Shading and Rendering: Marcel Reinhardt, Mikros Image 
  • Imaged Based Lighting & Physically Plausible Shading in Renderman: Christos Obretenov, Lollipop Shaders 
  • Virtual Filmmaking – Introduction to latest Technology : R&D Group & Crytek Cinebox Team

4th year: Summer semester

Diploma module 4: Production

What has been achieved so far is presented as preliminary results at the...

Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings...

Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 4th year, students from all...

Diploma

Diploma Modul 5: Distribution / project completion

The project must be completed by the diploma examination in March. The...

Weeklies

Once a fortnight, diploma students from all areas of study discuss the...

Diploma module 4: Production

What has been achieved so far is presented as preliminary results at the end of the 4th year of study (in July). All necessary production steps must be completed by the end of the calendar year (December).

 

 


Seminars

Seminars (interdisciplinary and/or inter-year) and individual/team meetings take place at regular intervals. 

Examples:

  • The Big Picture (...and the TD role): Joel Green – CG Supervisor, Double Negative 
  • Katana Hands On – Stefan Habel, The Foundry 
  • Effects TD at Disney Feature Animation: Hendrik Panz, Effects Animator, Disney Feature Animation 
  • Arnold in Depth - Phy Physically-based Shading and Rendering: Marcel Reinhardt, Mikros Image 
  • Imaged Based Lighting & Physically Plausible Shading in Renderman: Christos Obretenov, Lollipop Shaders 
  • Virtual Filmmaking – Introduction to latest Technology : R&D Group & Crytek Cinebox Team

Weeklies

Once a fortnight in the Summer semester of the 4th year, students from all areas of study discuss the progress of their projects.


Diploma Modul 5: Distribution / project completion

The project must be completed by the diploma examination in March. The following must be included: a master of the finished project, detailed documentation in the form of making-ofs, trailers, montages, publicity material, and a financial and administrative project report. All diploma projects must be presented at the final diploma examination.


Weeklies

Once a fortnight, diploma students from all areas of study discuss the progress of their projects.