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Dynamics and Special FX for Motion Graphics
Students will explore tools for applying rigid and/or soft-body dynamics and simulate object behavior as they produce rendered animations of special effects like smoke, fire, particle systems force fields, and turbulence. (This course can be substituted for the 3D Animation course within the Motion Graphics Artist career major.)
Carrie DeMuth
Fundamentals of 3D Motion Graphics
Upon Successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and technology.
Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating and simulating dynamics through 3D software.
Apply advanced techniques for dynamics with 3D Animation software.
Prepare, render, and deliver animations that achieve desired results.
Analyze elements of a problem and develop creative, innovative solutions that utilize critical thinking skills.
Apply rigid and/or soft-body dynamics appropriately.
Demonstrate proficiency in applying dynamics and special effects for motion graphics.
Export 3D Animations for a variety of applications.
Understand particle dynamics.
Understand rigid body dynamics.
Understand soft body dynamics.
Utilize scripting techniques to automate tasks and add efficiency to the workflow.
Support special effects for motion graphics for film and/or industry.
Select from the following options:

ODCTE: Motion Graphics Artist

Brainbench: 3D Studio Max
Autodesk - or


Brainbench -
• Digital-Tutors Training Tutorials
• MAYA Learning Community (Personal learning edition of MAYA is free to download)
• Internet Training Tutorials and Forums
• Modern Mayhem online tutorials
• Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics
• Numerous Technical Manuals
• Advanced Projects and Applications
• Suggested Certification Courseware Publishers:
o Cengage Learning
o Adobe Press
o Studio Works
o Element K
o Learn Key
o Digital Tutors
o Against the Clock
o Paradigm
o South-Western
o Watson-Guptill Publications
o AutoDesk
o Delmar
o Peach Pit Press