Pre-College Studio Intensive: Hand-Drawn Animation (Hybrid)

In this weeklong intensive, high school students explore the animation major. In this class, students engage in demonstrations and lectures while working independently on assignments designed to hone their skills, ideas, and critical thinking skills. This class offers an introduction to hand-drawn animation, covering basic techniques and concepts. Students use aspects of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to bring their animations to life. Students dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more. / Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration. View MCAD’s Summer Youth Covid protocols and policies.*

This course is a combination of online and in-person sessions. Students enrolled in this course need daily transportation to the MCAD campus. Students meet together online each morning for a class session from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for demonstrations, lectures, class activities and group discussions. These virtual meetings will be held via Google Meet or Zoom. After a one-hour lunch break, students will meet on campus each afternoon from 1-4 p.m. for studio time to work on projects, receive individual feedback from the instructor and participate in group critiques.

Prerequisites: Previous drawing experience. Experience with Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not required.

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

Required hardware: Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; USB drive or cloud storage option for saving work; headphones or earbuds. Supplies will cost approximately $10-15. Optional: drawing tablet.

*Class details are subject to change.

Please Register Before: July 28
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 for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

SE 1517 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, August 2, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, August 6, 2021
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 343
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18.
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Pre-College Studio Intensive
Previous drawing experience. Experience with Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not required.