Courses Taught

Motion Graphics (Introductory Studio). Introduction to digital animation. Software includes Adobe Animate, After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop. The focus is on thoughtful design and visual communication, with discussions ranging from design processes to an introduction to semiotics. 

2019 student evaluation score: 4.9

Topics: Animation (Intermediate/Advanced Studio). Animation studio class comprising intermediate and advanced tutorials on After Effects and stop motion animation, as well as introductions to game design, rotoscope, Premiere Pro, Animate, and Dragon Frame. Students discover a personal point of view and unique methods of working. The class includes serious critiques and discussion of challenging contemporary animation. 

2019 student evaluation score: 4.77

Animation History (Lecture): Art History class focusing on animation history, from pre-cinematic optical devices through Disney, propaganda, Soviet film, anime, animated installations and video art. We explore concepts related to animation including blackface minstrelsy, cybernetics, anthropomorphism, the uncanny valley, and cartoon physics. Readings encompass philosophical tract, art-historical essays, newspaper clippings, and artist manifestos. 

2019 student evaluation score: pending

Animation History and Theory (Studio + Lecture Mix): Weekly lectures and discussions cover topics reaching from proto-cinema to CGI, Fleischer Studios to experimental film, animated documentary to WW2 propaganda. We examine technological developments alongside gender, race, and culture. Includes short writing assignments and student presentations, as well as studio assignments, primarily focusing on physical techniques: pencil on paper, direct film, stop motion. 

2019 student evaluation score: 4.9

These are the classes I have taught for the past four years--there are a number of others that I would love to teach, including a seminar on Animation and Science (building on my work at the American Museum of Natural History), a class on Animated Documentary (building on my research and lecture at the Ecstatic Truth Symposium), and a class around my new research topic: examining the politics of aesthetics.

Please contact me at james.becky@gmail.com for syllabi and student evaluation comments/detailed scores.