Introduction to Motion Design

Introduction to Motion Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

An introduction to time-based media and the use of time as an element of design. Emphasis will be placed on communication through animation, transformation and timing. This course will include a significant introduction to using industry-standard software Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop to create time-based media.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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



3 Courses
12 Sessions / 12.0 hours of work per session
48 Lesson videos
Course 1: Motion Design: Animated GIFs Starts in 1 day
  • Session 1: Course Intro + Design Principles
  • Session 2: Storyboarding your GIFs
  • Session 3: Shoot your GIFs
  • Session 4: Build Your GIFs
Course 2: Motion Design: Time and Technology * Starts on Jun 4, 2024
  • Session 1: Introduction to Motion Design Principles
  • Session 2: Adding Texture to Text
  • Session 3: Timing and Transitions
  • Session 4: Expressive Words
Course 3: Motion Design: Title Transformation * Starts in 6 days
  • Session 1: Title Sequences: History and Ideation
  • Session 2: Visualizing a Storyboard
  • Session 3: Animating Your Style Frames
  • Session 4: Final Reel
* Program exclusive course

Featured Coursework


Skill Level : Intermediate
  • 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
Upon completion you'll earn
  • A verified Specialist Certificate that prove you completed the Program and mastered the subject.*
  • A verified course Certificate for each individual course you complete in the program.*
  • 3.0 transferable academic college credit(s) (additional fees apply)

* Each certificate earned is endorsed by Kadenze and the offering institution(s).

Price: $600 USD *

Add college credit at checkout or later for just $900

Specialist Certificate

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Students earn a Certificate of Accomplishment for any course they complete with a grade of 65% or higher.
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Credit Eligible

3.0 units
Kadenze has partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to offer this course for college credit.*
*If enrolled for credit, this rigorous college-level Program will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution upon completion. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in this Program does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

*In order to receive college credit, learners must complete all courses within the Program. Credit is not given for partial completion.

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