ACT-228: Visual Communications 2

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Visual Communications 2
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Presents various digital rendering and animation techniques. Explores multiple software applications for rendering, animation, and graphic production including: 3-D Studio Max, Sketchup, and Photoshop. Utilizes software tools to design and assemble a basic portfolio.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Creating and manipulating 3D objects
    • Create architectural objects in a 3 dimensional environment.
  2. Applying material to objects
    • Create, edit, and manipulate materials on architectural and environmental objects.
  3. Lighting an architectural scene
    • Create realistic solar and artificial lighting for 3D models.
  4. Creating cameras
    • Create and manipulate cameras inside a 3D modal.
    • Develop realistic views of a 3D model.
  5. Basic animation
    • Explain the differences between traditional animation and computer generated animation.
  6. Creating animation paths
    • Create a 3D "walk through" for a building.*
  7. Moving objects within an animation
    • Animate objects withing a 3D model.
  8. Exporting and viewing animations
    • Create an animation that is viewable on multiple types of media.
  9. Using photoshop to improve basic renderings
    • Create after effects to static images.
  10. Creating composite digital presentations
    • Develop a multimedia presentation combining animations, still images, music, and effects.*
  11. Portfolio creation
    • Create a basic professional portfolio.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

  1. Unit Tests
  2. Construction Projects
  3. Group Assignments
  4. Attendance
  5. Final Exam

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details
  1. Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning upon which the request is based.
  2. Submit a portfolio of work and documentation to substantiate the request.
  3. Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and portfolio.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date