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Entertainment Technology

The following courses are open to enrollment by any student who has been accepted to the college except where prerequisites are indicated. Please call (310) 434-3700 or visit the Academy website at http://academy.smc.edu for information on admission to the Entertainment Technology program which offers courses in Animation, Game Development, Post Production, Visual Effects and Web Design. Internships are also available.

ET 3, Principles of Project Management    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

Effective project management plays a key role in the execution and completion of interactive media projects. In this introductory course, students will learn step-by-step how a project develops and evolves through the project management process. Topics include planning, time management, risk management, team management, contract administration, and budgeting. Students will identify the components of a project management team, project manager roles and responsibilities, and organizational structures in interactive media. Case studies and problem solving will provide insight into practical applications of project management techniques.

1367   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gast M W

Above section 1367 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 11, Computer Skills for Digital Media    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This introductory course covers the computer skills, concepts, and essential software needed to work successfully in the fields of computer animation and interactive media. Students will learn the use of general computer skills such as file organization for projects, keyboard shortcuts, using local area networks, and using proper file suffixes. Digital image concepts such as vector and rastor images, color bit depth, and pixel dimensions will be introduced. Key software applications will be covered for rastor image editing, vector image editing, audio, web browsing, and spreadsheets.

1368   Arrange-15 Hours    ONLINE-E   Abode Jr P J

Above section 1368 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 24A, Introduction to 3D Animation    2 units

Transfer: CSU • Advisory: Entertainment Technology 11.

This introductory course provides an overview of the tools available for the creation of 3D digital animation. Through a series of lectures and weekly exercises, students will be introduced to the basics of character rigging and animation. This course is intended for industry professionals who would like to gain an understanding of 3D software. The course material of ET 24A is similar to that of ET 24 but does not require a final project. Students who have completed ET 24 may use ET 24A as a review course.

This course uses Autodesk Maya.

1369   2:00p-5:05p MW   AIR 136   Fria C T

Above section 1369 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

ET 34, Web Animation I    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Advisory: Entertainment Technology 11.

This class focuses on all aspects of web animation, giving special attention to characters and graphics, as well as interactivity and light programming. Students learn the tricks of controlling file size, special approaches for importing and creating animation, and all other production techniques needed for building complete web animation projects.

1370   Arrange-15 Hours    ONLINE-E   Zenhari E F

Above section 1370 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 37, Digital Imaging for Design I    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Advisory: Entertainment Technology 11.

Using Adobe Photoshop, this computer class teaches students how to scan, manipulate, and enhance digital images for graphic reproduction and use on the web. Includes retouching, color adjustment and color correction techniques.

Entertainment Technology 37 is the same course as Graphic Design 64. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

1371   Arrange-15 Hours    ONLINE-E   Duganne J A

Above section 1371 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 38, Digital Imaging for Design 2    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Entertainment Technology 37 or Graphic Design 64.

Building on previously developed, advanced Photoshop skills, this course will navigate students through the more highly advanced features of the program to create and manipulate images specifically for use in multimedia, digital video, 2D animation, and 3D animation. Topics include intense and extensive investigations into alpha channel creation and development, lighting effects generation within alpha channels and layer effects, displacement and bump mapping techniques, texture mapping relating to alpha channel and creature surface decoration, and the utilization of techniques incorporating Illustrator and Photoshop together.

1372   Arrange-15 Hours    ONLINE-E   Duganne J A

Above section 1372 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 61, History of Animation    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course will explore the history of animation through its earliest beginnings to the present. In addition to the chronological order of events, this course will look at the multi-faceted aspects of this relatively modern art form. The influences of economics and social/political pressures on the art form will be examined. Included will be the study of individual animators and studios, big and small; different art techniques, materials 2D and 3D. The class will also examine the principles of movement and how they apply to the zoetrope as well as the computer.

Entertainment Technology 61 is the same as Graphic Design 74. Students may receive credit for one but not both.

1373   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Poirier N P

Above section 1373 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 72, Career Development    2 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course provides an overview of the strategies and techniques to develop a career within the entertainment industry, which includes jobs in the production of live action, animation, game, interactive, internet, visual effects, as well as performance and other entertainment fields. Students will learn to identify and research potential career paths in these various industries. They will develop personal marketing tools, such as resume, cover letter and other presentation materials (i.e. demo reels, personal websites, portfolios, etc.), that will help to brand and promote them into the industry. Networking skills and interviewing techniques will prepare them for any entry-level position in the entertainment industry.

1374   Arrange-6 Hours    ONLINE-E   Nagel J

Above section 1374 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ET 89, Figure Drawing    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for the advanced drawing student. Students completing this course will have a familiarity with all major issues involved in drawing and visualizing the figure as an animate, three-dimensional form, and will have developed perceptual and manual skills equal to the challenge of understanding the human body as a structure in space, in both static and dynamic modes. Comprehension of figure structure will be both anatomical and perspectival with special emphasis on developing a model of the human figure that can be easily visualized in the imagination and adapted for use in animation and related disciplines.

1375   2:00p-5:05p MW   AIR 180   Davis J A

Above section 1375 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

ET 90A, Internship    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Student must be a continuing SMC student who has completed 6 or more units in the Entertainment Technology program. 2.0 grade point average and an approved internship with instructor prior to enrollment.

The Internship Program is designed to provide the student with on-site practical experience in a related field. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours during the term in a supervised facility. Exit internship evaluation, time log, and oral are required.

1376   Arrange-12 Hours        Fria C T

Above section 1376 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 23 to Aug 15.

ET 90B, Internship    2 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Student must be a continuing SMC student who has completed 6 or more units in the Entertainment Technology program. 2.0 grade point average and an approved internship with instructor prior to enrollment.

The Internship Program is designed to provide the student with on-site practical experience in a related field. Students spend a minimum of 120 hours during the term in a supervised facility. Exit internship evaluation, time log, and oral are required.

1377   Arrange-24 Hours        Fria C T

Above section 1377 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 23 to Aug 15.

ET 95, Animal Drawing    2 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course provides students with a working understanding of animal anatomy and movement and its comparison to human anatomy and movement. Students will develop skills in proportional and perspective analysis of animal forms. This class will teach students to sketch a variety of animals both from life and from other visualization techniques.

1379   9:00a-1:00p W   AIR 180   Robinsion K C

   9:00a-1:00p TTh   AIR 131   Robinsion K C

Above section 1379 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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IMPORTANT! Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.