Frame by Frame: Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation

An introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. This is an eye opening experience into a classic technique. The instructor will share behind-the-scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques. Students will 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. They will bring a ball of clay to life by making it roll and, by the end of class, will have filmed and edited a short animation in a small group with other students, complete with a title sequence. Students will have an opportunity to watch all the animations together at the end of class and take home copies of finished work. / Materials fee of $8 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Mac OS X. Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. USB drive or cloud storage option for saving work. The materials fee for this class will cover the required supplies.

What to wear: Dark clothing preferred.

Please Register Before: July 1
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

CST 9335 SU20
Date Start: 
Monday, July 6, 2020
Date End: 
Friday, July 10, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Main Building, Room 450
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15-18
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Working knowledge of Mac OS X. Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.