History and Theory of Animation 1

Display Schedule

Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309FIHA1 Z 3 3T English winter

Subject guarantor

Eliška DĚCKÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Eliška DĚCKÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of this course, students will have a general knowledge of history and theory of animation with particularl focus on Czech and East European independent original animation. They will be able to better understand the vast potential of contemporary animation (with its historical predecessors) and to identify animation’s possible current overlaps into many other creative areas.

Mode of study

Year's study of animation

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course is suited for both animation practitioners (with personal experience in animation) and those outside animation with a general interest in understanding the particulars and history of animation.

Course contents

This course focuses on historical and theoretical aspects of animation. Based on the motto of one of the most current significant animation theoreticians and historians, Paul Wells: “There’s no theory without practice; no practice without theory; no progress without history.” Students will be motivated to not just absorb the knowledge passively but to come with their own interpretations, ideas and potential relevance of historical animation for contemporary animation theory and practice (and vice-versa) and animation in general.

Special focus will be on Czech (Czechoslovak) and East European independent original animation placed within an international context.

Recommended or required reading

Paul Wells, Understanding Animation. London: Routledge 2000.

Paul Wells, Animation – Genre and Authorship. London – New York: Wallflower Press 2002.

Chris Robinson, Unsung Heroes of Animation. London: John Libbey Publishing 2005.

Benjamin Cook – Gary Thomas (eds.), The Animate! Book: Rethinking Animation. London: LUX 2006.

Judith Kriger, Animated Realism: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Animated Documentary Genre. Oxford: Focal Press 2012.

Maureen Furniss (ed.), Animation: Art and Industry. London: John Libbey Publishing 2009.

Suzanne Buchan (ed.), Animated Worlds. London: John Libbey Publishing 2006.

Jiří Kubíček, A Report on the State of Czech Animation. Homo Felix 5, 2014, č. 1, s. 16–21.

Olga Bobrowska – Michal Bobrowski (eds.), Obsession, Perversion, Rebellion: Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation. Bielsko – Biala: Galeria Bielska BWA 2016.

Eva Strusková, Dodals. Praha: AMU 2013.

Assessment methods and criteria

A knowledge test + essay (based on the screened films and assigned readings).


Lecture with screening and follow up discussion based on the screened films and assigned readings.

Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room 415
Room No.415

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 09:00–10:35 Eliška DĚCKÁ Room No.415
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans