Motion Illustration 1: The Fundamentals (Online)

As media increasingly moves from print to digital, motion illustration is becoming an essential skill. This introductory course will explore animation as the artist’s and illustrator’s tool. With guided lessons and studio work time, students will explore fundamental motion principles and tools necessary for creating looping GIFS, animatics, animated logos, and simple shorts. Through discussions and the study of examples—both commercial and lesser known work—students will explore various methods of storytelling. Students will gain a proficiency in animating illustrative work – broadening their professional practice and skill set. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to critically discuss reasoning for aesthetic and functional choices in their craft, to take an idea from sketch and storyboard to completion, and will be able to pair still illustrations with sister animations. For this course, students will primarily use traditional materials and Photoshop. / Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the course. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course is asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, the course is project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. 

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop.

Required software: Adobe Creative Cloud (provided by MCAD).

Required hardware: A computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud software, with internet access, a camera, and microphone. 

Required textbook:
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Register Before: September 22
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSDE 9478 20 FA21
Date Start: 
Monday, September 27, 2021
Date End: 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Illustration and Comic Art
Online Classes
Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop.