Introduction to 2D Design & Animation

A 9 week mentorship to master the fundamentals of Motion Graphics. This curriculum-based mentorship is designed to build a strong foundation as an artist capable of producing original work.

Tools you'll be using in this course:

Registration - December 2020

Limited seats applied

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Dates

January 2021

Length

9 weeks

Location

Online

Tuition

3 payments of $265

Highlighted Features

Curriculum Based Mentorship

Through video training, live mentorship, projects, and community, we want to push you for 9 weeks to master the design and animation fundamentals. You’ll also make industry connections and improve your portfolio with original projects.

Project based learning

Weekly Video Training

Original training that teaches you technical fundamentals, while still prioritizing the artistry of good work. We also have an exclusive interview series with top artists from the industry. Learn the techniques to create great animation and design.

Live critique sessions

Weekly Live Lectures

A weekly 2-hour live session with training from our mentor team. Covering After Effects exercises, traditional animation principles, design principles, and production techniques. Mentors alternate hosting the weekly live session.

On-demand training

Weekly Written Critique

Each week you’ll receive a detailed, written critique via the Frame.io media review platform. This way, you can store notes and catalog the process of creating your original works.

Human Powered Education

Your Fall Session Mentor

Each week your mentor will host a live session, including a lecture, critique, and Q&A time.
All sessions are recorded and are available for immediate download after the session aired.
Session are scheduled every Saturdays at 12 PM EST.

Mentor

Michael Jones

Animator & Director

Michael Jones is an animator, designer, and VFX artist. He is also the founder of MoGraph Mentor and has a passion for creating clear and detailed, educational materials for motion designers everywhere. Michael emphasizes the role of core disciplines in the development of every motion designer. Without an understanding of art, design, and animation, a modern artist may be relegated to technician status.

Michael’s live session will be hosted on Saturdays at 12 pm EST.

Guests

Guest artists

Animators & Illustrators

This semester we will have a guest artist each week, exposing you to diverse perspectives from designers, animators, and directors. These guest interviews will occur within the weekly live session, after the lecture and demo for that week. This will be an opportunity for Q&A for some of the industry’s best. The focus of these discussions will be on process and career development. Our goal with this mentorship is to help make you a better artist and more prepared professional.

Weekly Syllabus

9 Week Mentorship Overview

This 9-week online motion design mentorship will let you build your portfolio and improve your skills. Receive meaningful feedback from your mentor and share your ideas with your classmates.

  • Week 1
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • Week 5
  • Week 6
  • Week 7
  • Week 8
  • Week 9

Week 1

Animation Planning & Principles

Create a foundation of good animation theory to build on.

We start with animation principles as the foundation for making good animation. A focused look at animating in After Effects with the graph editor. How animation principles work in the context of using Adobe After Effects. And we’ll also look at generating concepts for your own original animation.

During week one you will: 

  • Watch Week 1 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ After Effects Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 2

Timing, Spacing & Interpolation

Bringing animation principles into our work.

We continue with animation principles as the foundation for making good animation. Including exlcusive interview footage with Jr Canest and Paul Slemmer on animation case studies.

During week two you will: 

  • Watch Week 2 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Classical Animation Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 3

Polishing Animation w/ After Effects

Finishing touches and techniques for flawless animation in AE.

We finish our first animation project by focusing on small details in timing, spacing, anticipation, squash & stretch, overlapping action and staging.

During week three you will: 

  • Watch Week 3 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ AE Animation Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 4

Storyboarding & Film Basics

Let's make an original film!

Let’s create your first original Visual Essay short film! This weeks contains an excerpt from Colin Hesterly’s Directing class related to storyboarding process. A successful film is molded through rough pencil sketch, animatics in many cases.

During week five you will: 

  • Watch Week 4 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Design & Storyboard Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 5

Design Foundations & Generating Visuals

Building a foundation of essential visual art concepts and terms.

This week we begin to design styleframes for our Visual Essay. We focus on design principles, color theory, and production techniques. Interviews 

During week five you will: 

  • Watch Week 5 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Design & Storyboard Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 6

Design Direction Introduction

What does it mean to engage in Art Direction?

This week we continue to design frames for our visual essay assignment. This means crafting a unique style in 2d or 3d. Mentors will provide feedback and guidance on improving your work.

During week six you will: 

  • Watch Week 6 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Design & Art Direction Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 7

Animation Production

Focusing on animation and production techniques.

This week we continue to produce our Visual Essay. We focus on good, polished designs and a coherent story that is simplified.

During week seven you will: 

  • Watch Week 7 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Animation Production Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday

Week 8

Full Production

Sight. Sound. Experience.

You’re now producing your shots from sight, sound and edit. This is a great experience to learn the entire filmmaking process. 

During week eight you will: 

  • Watch Week 8 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Production Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday
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Week 9

Final Production Week

Final conclusions on production styles and quality.

This week we wrap up our production time together and review what was learned. Hopefully you’ve executed some number of shots from your film in a style that pushed your technical and artistic abilities forward. 

During week nine you will: 

  • Watch Week 9 Videos
  • Attend Livestream W/ Review Focus
  • Turn In Your Assignment By End Of Thursday
  • Receive Written Feedback By End Of Saturday


We encourage all beginners to start with this Introduction To Design & Animation mentorship before moving on to more advanced workshops and courses.

Testimonials

What students say about the mentorship

This mentorship has helped hundreds of motion designers launch their careers and improve as artists. We’ve got years worth of happy students who found it to be the breakthrough they were looking for.

Student Projects

Bring your creativity and originality

Master animation techniques, design fundamentals & visual storytelling by doing original projects in this nine-week mentorship.

Become more proficient as an animator in After Effects. Master the workflow of taking 2D Vector and Pixel Art into animation production. Most importantly, learn the process of visual storytelling and communicating with an audience.

We’ve helped hundreds of students master the fundamentals of this course. We want to push you for nine weeks to master these fundamentals through video training, live mentorship, projects, and community.

Tools

Stay engaged while you learn

Through these nine weeks, you’ll interact with a set of tools that will help you stay engaged and keep in contact with your mentors and fellow students.

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Community

Join a supportive community

When the live session ends, the conversation continues on our Discord Chat. This platform allows us to engage with you while you’re working throughout the week.

Tuition

Introduction to 2D Design & Animation

Personalized mentorship, structured around training.

Caring Mentors

Clean and concise training
In-depth lectures

Supportive Community

Lifetime access to the Discord forum
Ask your questions to students and mentors

100% Money Back Guarantee

Do you feel like the mentorship isn't the right fit for you? You can request a full refund within the first 14 days after the session has started. Just contact our support and we got you 🙂

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F.A.Q

Have Questions?

By the end of each class, you’ll have well though, reviewed portfolio pieces and the best process and techniques learned through these works. Each class comes with assignments to help you create your portfolio and develop your motion design skills. The weekly mentorship session is the occasion to expand your artistic perspective. The goal of each class is to teach you the best process and techniques to create great motion design work.

Yes! Each group of students assigned to a mentor will get access to a dedicated channel to communicate, share and receive feedback from their mentor and classmates.
You’ll also get the opportunity to be a part of the larger community of MoGraph Mentor’s alumni and students of our workshops.
We use Discord to help us set up this forum.

We close our open enrollment one week before the start of a semester. Be sure to subscribe to the mailing list to get updates throughout each enrollment period.

Your weekly live session will run approximately 2-3 hours. Your weekly time commitment for assignments can be anywhere from 7-20 hours. Our mentorships are project-based, so you will ultimately decide how many hours to pour into each week’s deliverable. But plan on a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Yes! Many of our students have full-time jobs and we work around business hours (see time commitment question above). We only ask that you make your class work a priority.

Our goal is to help our students in the best way that we can. 
You have 2 weeks after the session has started to request a refund if the class isn’t a good fit for you.
Simply reach out to a support team member via email at [email protected] or on Discord @support.

Mentor’s availability varies for each semester and will be announced on each dedicated mentorship page. Our mentors are among the best artists in the industry and dedicated to dispensing the best learning experience to their students.

Weeknights or weekends. We understand that many of our students have 9-5 commitments, so live sessions are scheduled either after working hours or on the weekend. Your exact class time will be determined at the start of each semester, based on your mentor assignment.

We love our international student body and make every effort to accommodate across time zones. We realize that the time change issue is hard for many outside the US. We run class times on US Eastern Time Zone. We attempt to make every accommodation for our international students, but sometimes it means late nights or early mornings for those outside the US. We take this on a case by case basis and do our best to make it work.

We use a platform called Zoom for the live sessions. You will be on camera and will see a video feed of your peers and mentor. Live sessions are lecture-based but also contain organic Q&A where you can discuss specific workflow techniques or concepts with your mentor and classmates. Sessions typically run about 2-3 hours, so bring a drink, a snack, and a sketchbook to doodle and take notes.

We include demos and tutorials to support your learning experience. However, this mentorship is project-based and focus on your interactions with your mentor and classmates. Do not expect complete tutorials on how to use specific software. It is more about creating original portfolio pieces and learning the concepts, processes, and workflows of a professional motion designer.

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