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Introduction to Motion Design

Ringling College of Art + Design via Kadenze Program


  • Utilize stop motion photography and digital imaging to create looping animations
  • Design and animate a communicative motion graphic animation focusing on typography and the expressive use of color
  • Light, shoot, and composite live action video with animated graphics to communicate design principles



Courses under this program:
Course 1: Motion Design: Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are kind of like the flipbooks of the digital age. Quick and easy to produce and distribute, but with almost endless creative possibilities, the creation of animated GIFs is a great way to begin to explore both digital and traditional time based media. The popularity of animated GIFs in social media and advertising, the rise of short form video sharing sites like Vine and Instagram, and the ability to easily create short animations and videos with mobile devices make this kind of…

Course 2: Motion Design: Time and Technology

A series of 4 exercises exploring various principles of design, time-based media, and animation while learning industry standard 2D animation software Adobe After Effects. These exercises will focus on the design, editing, timing, and animation skills needed to complete our larger class project "Title Transformation". Individual exercises will be graded separately. There will not be a final critique of the work, but there will be brief daily feedback from the instructor, and students are…

Course 3: Motion Design: Title Transformation

"Projectionists -- pull curtain before titles" This note was attached to cans of film reels containing Otto Preminger's 1955 classic, The Man with the Golden Arm. Before this, movie theaters didn't even open the curtain until the opening credits were over. The Man with the Golden Arm marked a turning point when film titles became more than just a dull roll of credits and became part of the artistic statement of the film itself. Preminger had collaborated with legendary graphic designer Saul Bass…

Taught by

Allen Harrison, Harmony Jiroudek, Jackie Aldern, Richard Sheehan, Yoojin Oh, Justin Selph and Melissa Funderburk


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