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4 Sessions
Ringling College of Art and Design
Design, Film
Skill Level
Adobe Photoshop, Animation, Gifs, Video, Adobe After Effects
Course Description

"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 (Links to an external site.) to create a simple but arresting cut out animation that changed how we view the title sequence forever. Since that time, title sequence design has become an art form of it own, blending graphics, typography, as well as both traditional and experimental film and animation techniques to create unique visions that are sometimes more fascinating than the movies and television shows they were created for.


This course is in scheduled mode and starts Late 2017. Learn more about scheduled courses here.

Session 1: Title Transformation - Ideation
Brainstorm and sketch ideas for your movie or series title. Investigate it’s mood, it’s tone, and it's target audience. How you will express that mood or tone and communicate with that target audience? How will you consider: Color palette, Typography, Shapes, Textures, Timing, Pacing, Movement, Animation, Audio, Music, SFX, etc.
Session 2: Title Transformation - Pre Visualization
Understanding and creating style frames and presentation storyboards. Basic color theory. Building simple color palettes; dominant, subordinate and accent colors. Design principles; harmony, unity and variety.
Session 3: Title Transformation - First Pass
Create rough thumbnail or production storyboards detailing your plans for sequencing, movement, and transitions. Develop any additional assets including sound and video.
Session 4: Title Transformation - Final
Enroll for College Credit

Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to offer this program for 3.0 college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $900 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level program will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Whenever you complete a course as a premium member, you can earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment .

This course is also part of the Program: Introduction to Motion Design. Earn a verified Specialist Certificate for successfully completing a Program.

These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 3 courses in the Introduction to Motion Design Program and is offered for credits from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials: Sketchbook and basic drawing tools
  • Equipment: Scanner, DSLR Camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, tripod
  • Software: Adobe Creative Cloud; After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop
Additional Information

Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member, does not affirm that the student has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by Ringling College of Art and Design.

In order to receive college credit for these program courses, you must successfully complete and pass all 3 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the Introduction to Motion Design program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

*Partial credit will not be awarded for completion of only one course.

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