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UT Dallas Syllabus for atec4348.001.09f taught by Todd Fechter (taf051000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for atec4348.001.09f taught by Todd Fechter (taf051000)

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UT Dallas syllabus for atec4348.001.09f Advanced 3D Modeling taught by Todd Fechter
UT Dallas syllabus for atec4348.001.09f Advanced 3D Modeling taught by Todd Fechter

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Published by: UT Dallas Provost's Technology Group on Dec 17, 2009
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ATEC 4370

Advanced Modeling
Todd Fechter
Term: Fall 2009
Meeting Time: R 11:30pm \u2013 2:15pm

Contact Info

Phone: 214.952.0966 (for emergencies only)
Email:to d d . fech ter @ utd allas. ed u
Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description:

An intensive, advanced modeling course focusing on complex 3D model creation. Students will create both
cartoon characters and realistic humans using advanced modeling techniques. Students will also learn to
model from reference images, some of which may contain nudity. Rigging and character set-up will also be
touched upon. This is an advanced course and will be treated as such. Material will be covered at a brisk
pace and students will be required to spend large amounts of time outside of class working on assignments.
The class is also taught with the assumption that students are already familiar with Maya and its modeling

Course Requirements:

Students must have completed the ATEC 3317 course and have a desire to learn more about the 3D
modeling process. Those not interested in modeling should not take this course. Students should also be
prepared to spend 10 - 20 hours per week outside of class working on assignments.

Course Structure:
This class will consist of lectures, demonstrations, constructive critiques and class discussions.
Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Rightby Jason Osipa (Mandatory)
Available on Amazon.com and at Off Campus Books, 561 W. Campbell Road, #201
Course Materials:

Archive materials (cd, dvd, flash drive, etc..)

Grading Policy:

Students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of course objectives through fulfillment of course
assignments and by contributing to class discussions and critiques. Course assignments will require
students to use software and equipment available at the ATEC computer labs. Course evaluation will be
based upon the following.

Points Required for Grade:

A 135 - 150
B 120 - 134
C 105 - 119
D 90 - 104
F Below 90 is failing

Assignment Point Values:
Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: 10 points each (9 pts = A, 6 pts = D, 5 pts < =F)
Final Project 1 and 2: 20 points each (18>A, 16>B, 14>C, 12>D, 13< F)
Total: 150 points
Course Schedule
Week 1 (Aug. 20): Introduction to Edge Loop modeling
Assignment 1 \u2013 Creating a Cartoon Human Head
Week 2 (Aug. 27): Cartoon Human Cont.
Assignment 2 \u2013 Cartoon Human Head 2
Week 3 (Sept. 3): Modeling The Human Form
Assignment 3 \u2013 Human Pt. 1
Week 4 (Sept. 10): Modeling The Human Form
Assignment 4 \u2013 Human Pt. 2
Week 5 (Sept. 17): Modeling the Human Form
Assignment 5 \u2013 Human Pt. 3
Week 6 (Sept. 24): Modeling the Human Form
Assignment 6 \u2013 Human Pt. 4
Week 7 (Oct. 1): Modeling the Human Form
Assignment 7 \u2013 Human Pt. 5
Week 8 (Oct. 8): Modeling a Quadruped
Assignment 8 \u2013 TBD
Week 9 (Oct. 15): Modeling a Quadruped
Assignment 9 \u2013 TBD
Week 10 (Oct. 22): Modeling a Quadruped
Assignment 10 \u2013 TBD
Week 11 (Oct. 29): Final Model
Intro to Mudbox
Week 12 (Nov. 5): Final Model.
Mudbox pt. 2

Week 13 (Nov. 12): Final Model
Week 14 (Nov. 19): Final Model
Week 15 (Nov. 26): Thanksgiving, No class
Week 16 (Dec. 3): Final Project Model Due
Make-up Exams: Makeup exams are available only to students who have a legitimate excuse for missing

an exam, such as illness, scheduled job interview out of town, athletic team event out of town, death in the
immediate family, etc. If you know in advance that you must miss an exam, give a written notice to the
instructor in advance, and bring documentation to support your anticipated absence. If you miss an exam
unexpectedly because of last minute illness or accident, submit a note to the instructor when you return to
campus (or as e-mail attachment if you will be away for some time) with documentation of your situation.

Second Chance: Therem a y be opportunities for students to resubmit improved work for extra

consideration. In order to be eligible the student must have turned in the completed assignment on its
original due date and fulfilling all specified requirements. Revisions should be based upon class critique

Class Attendance: All students are required to be on time and in attendance for each and every class. Two

(2) absences are allowed as personal or sick leave for this semester. Students will receive one letter grade reduction for three (3) absences. Students who accumulate four (4) absences or more should withdrawal from the course due to four (4) absences resulting in a failing grade ("F ") for the course.

Punctuality: It is important to attend class on time. Persistent and reoccurring tardiness is disrespectful to

the instructor and to your peers. Arriving to class more than 15 minutes late twice will be counted as one
(1) absence. Every additional late arrival will result in one (1) absence. Students may leave early with
instructor's permission; however, such occurrences should be very infrequent.

Late Assignments: Adherence to deadlines is expected. It is the individual student's responsibility to keep

track of the goals and deadlines and to present the work to the class and instructor on the specified dates.
Late assignments may or may not be accepted based upon the discretion of the instructor and the situations

Class Participation and Classroom Citizenship:
Cell phones and pagers must be powered off during formal class hours.
Do not talk when others (the instructor, guests, and fellow students) are talking.
Students will not use the computers for personal reasons (e.g, check personal email, surf web)
during class time.
Participate in critique sessions and class discussions. You can learn a great deal from critique on
other students' work as well on yours.

While the instructor or a guest is lecturing or demonstrating, you should be listening to the lecture or observing the demonstration, instead of emailing or web surfing. Not paying attention to lectures or demonstrations will affect your grade directly or indirectly.

Student Conduct and Discipline:

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the
orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student
organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and

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