Motion Illustration I: The Fundamentals (online) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Motion Illustration I: 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, 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--explore various methods of storytelling. Gain a proficiency in animating illustrative work - broadening a professional practice and skill set. Upon completion of this course, students are able to critically discuss reasoning for aesthetic and functional choices in their craft, to take an idea from sketch and storyboard to completion, and are able to pair still illustrations with sister animations. For this course, students 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.

Class meeting details

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.


Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop.

Required materials

Adobe Creative Cloud (provided by MCAD).

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

Class resources
This class uses Adobe Creative Cloud and Canvas, MCAD's learning management system. Please see links for more information.

See for a list of required textbooks.

Registration deadline

March 30
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 January 17 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.


Non-credit Tuition
Student Birthdate
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  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 18 and above.
  • Term:
    Spring 23
  • Instructor: Annelise Capossela
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  • SKU:
    CSDE 9478 20 SP23


Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop.