Motion Illustration 2: Moving Forward

Go beyond beginner! In this intermediate course, illustrators will learn more advanced techniques to animate using primarily Adobe Photoshop, as well as some tools in Adobe AfterEffects. From short films and music videos, to professionally-executed editorial GIFs and social media sticker packs, this course is for the illustrator and artist who wants to have the tools to complete polished motion illustration. Learning skills such as character walk cycles and character animation, techniques for creating longer animated pieces with transitions and edits, and knowing when and how to incorporate Adobe After Effects, students will gain the knowledge needed to complete a wide range of personal and/or professional projects. Included in this course will be a deep-dive into a project of the student’s choosing, with intensive guidance and critique. This Motion Illustration 2 course serves as an extension of Motion Illustration 1, and can also be accessed by those who have foundational experience with animating in Photoshop with Video Timeline. / Students will have access throughout the course to Adobe Creative Cloud software. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

How does an online course work at MCAD?
Most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, courses are 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. The workload of a 1 credit course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.

Prerequisite: Motion Illustration 1 or experience animating in Adobe Photoshop with Video Timeline.

Required Textbook:
See for a list of required textbooks.

Required software: Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects (provided by MCAD).

Required hardware: A computer with internet access capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Register Before: October 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 on or before August 17 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
Additional savings. Are you eligible?

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSDE 9488 20 FA20
Date Start: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Date End: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Illustration and Comic Art
Online Classes
Motion Illustration 1 or experience animating in Adobe Photoshop using video timeline.