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MEA 102 - History of Animation - Laura Markarian

Course:History of Animation
Professor:Laura Markarian
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


My Name is Laura Markarian I will be your instructor.  Welcome to History of Animation MEA-102 online. This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. Because the course is 100 percent online, we will not meet on-campus for the duration of the course. All assignments and meetings will be conducted online. There will be an official schedule published on the 1st day, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration.

Course Description

This course surveys and analyzes animated motion picture, and television masterpieces from their inception to the present, including the ideas and values of the examined animated films as reflected and emphasized through artistic techniques.

What to Expect in this Course

We will meet twice a week, on line.  Your will have weekly short assignments to post and a short paper every other week regarding the animation era we will be covering at the time.

  1. Compare and analyze different styles and aesthetics of animated films and television.
  2. Evaluate the influence of early-animated features and shorts on the creation of Disney   Studios and the Golden Age of American Animation.
  3. Evaluate the influence of Disney Studios on present day animation styles and techniques.
  4. Judge the importance of political and social events in shaping of animated media.
  5. Compare the differences of style and production between American animation and animation from other nations.
  6. Compare how different periods of animations describe the same philosophical themes.
  7. Examine the role of individual, master animators upon different aspects of animation.

Types of Assessments

The course involves assigned reading from the official course textbook, or online research, video clips from websites and list of shorts will be provided. Regular and consistent posting is required for participation and assignments twice a week, along with a discussion regarding the shorts once a week.  

There are no tests or quiz in this course.  There will be a final paper at the end of the term that will short answers.  

Textbook Information

The textbook is recommended not required: “The World History of Animation” by Stephen Cavalier Publisher: University of California Press, 2011. 

SBN: 0520261127, 9780520261129.

This textbook is between $20 - $25 hardcover on amazon

All other required information and instructions will be announced twice a week on the Canvas portal.

There will be a short question regarding the shorts watched at each meeting. 

There will be a total of 8 written papers and one Final paper.  There will not be a quiz or exam in this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

When the course becomes available, you need to begin accessing and completing the coursework online from the first day of the session/semester. In order to be counted as “present” and attending the course, the college requires that you attend the first day of instruction, and begin to complete coursework at that time. IMPORTANT: If you do not login and complete the first assignments by the third day of the session, you will be dropped from the course (aka “No Show” Drop).



All course materials for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome recommended, however, Firefox, Safari, IE 11, should work as well);
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at:
  • Zoom meeting client software installed, at:
  • Circumstances may arise which require modifications of the above guidelines and the following schedule of assignments for the course, as deemed necessary. The instructor reserves the right to make necessary changes, in compliance with COC academic policies.


  • Log-in to canvas at on the first day of the course.
  • For any Canvas related issues please call Canvas Student Support:
    (661) 362-3344 during college business hours or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support.
  • For technical support using Canvas, visit the Canvas tech Support page for students.
  • Student Login instructions:
  • Username: MyCanyonsusername
  • Password: students


  • You will need regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection.
  • Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account (
  • A Canvas smartphone app is available to download! (Canvas by Instructure)


  • The Learning Center (TLC) provides FREE face-to-face and ONLINE tutoring, proctoring for courses that have required proctored exams, Study Jam review sessions, computers with over 300 software programs, and more! Go to:
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Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 05/24/2021 Sub#: 18