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:

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Registration opens August 20th

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Dates

Sept 20 - Nov 21

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 fundamentals of design and animation. 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 Mentorship

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 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 Summer Session Mentors

Each week our mentors rotate hosting a live session which includes a lecture, critique and Q&A time.
All sessions are recorded and are available for immediate download after the session.
Mentors alternate weekly live sessions.​

Mentor

Steve Savalle

Animator & Illustrator

Steve is an illustrator, animator, designer and art director currently based in Detroit Michigan. He has worked as a full time staffer in studios but is now freelancing full time. He has an interest in 2d artwork and animation as well as creating photo realistic illustrations with pencil and paper. He is passionate about art and design and hopes this course can serve as a valuable resource for you.

Steve sessions will be hosted on
Monday's at 6 pm EST.

Mentor

Lana Simanenkova

Animator & Illustrator

Lana is a freelance animator and illustrator from Estonia, based in London, UK.
She was previously Senior Creative at Animade. She is experienced in elevating brand perception through animation, explainers, social media content and lottie for in app implementation.

Lana sessions will be hosted on
Tuesdays at 3 pm EST.

Weekly Syllabus

9 Week Mentorship Overview

A 9 week online motion design program 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
  • Animation Principles
  • Ball Bounce As Foundation
  • Generating & Sketching Concepts
  • Creating Presentations In Illustrator
  • After Effects Introduction
  • Animation Planning

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
  • After Effects Launch Overview
  • Graph Editor Demo
  • Animation Demo
  • Jr Canest On Meaningful Motion
  • Paul Slemmer Adobe CMO Case Study
  • Classical Animation Demo

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
  • Basic Ball Rig Expressions
  • Animation Smears
  • Staging & Backgrounds
  • Comedy & Animation
  • Seth Eckert On Animation Process
  • Handel Eugene On Creative Process

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
  • Storyboarding Formats
  • Audio For Video
  • Colin Hesterly Storyboarding Overview
  • Nidia Dias Art Direction Case Study
  • Jr Canest on Starting A Project
  • Handel Eugene on Starting A Project

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
  • Design Principles & Examples
  • Color Theory 101
  • Design & Composition Exercise
  • Jr Canest On Generating Visuals
  • Handel Eugene On Generating Visuals
  • Live Design Demonstration

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
  • Organizing a Film
  • Creative Development
  • Project Case Study
  • 2d Flat Vectors In Illustrator
  • Designing Your Artwork
  • Frame.io Design Critique

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
  • Animation Production
  • Reece Parker/Steve Savalle Case Study
  • Mixed-Media Style Artwork Demo
  • Animation On Visual Essay
  • Portfolio Building 101
  • Freelance 101

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
  • Adobe Audition Basics
  • Production Case Studies
  • After Effects Animation Techniques
  • Animating Transitions
  • Composition Tips
  • Frame.io Film Critique

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
Motion Design 101 Cover
  • Class Review Session
  • Design Critique
  • Honors Review
  • Career Advice Q&A
  • Networking Next Steps
  • Class 2 Overview & Consult

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 program

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

Course Projects

Bring your creativity and originality

Master animation techniques, design fundamentals & visual storytelling by doing original projects in this 9 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 with this course. Through video training, live mentorship, projects and community we want to push you for 9 weeks to master these fundamentals.

Tools

Stay engaged while you learn

Through these 9 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 Server. 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

You feel like the program 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 receive feedback from your mentor and classmates. 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 session. Be sure to subscribe to our 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. This program is project based, so you will ultimately decide how many hours to pour into each weeks deliverable. But plan on a minimum of 10 hours per week to see concrete results.

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 course 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 session and will be announced on each dedicated class pages. Our mentors are among the best artists in the industry and dedicated to dispense the best learning experience to their students.

Our students are spread all around the world. We always try to accommodate mentors availability with the timezone of our students.
Your exact class time will be determined at the start of each session, based on your mentor assignment.

We love our international student body and make every effort to accomodate 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 to 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 have designed these classes in a specific order, to cover the most essential concepts first, and then to build on those. If you have previously studied motion media at an accredited institution, we will consider moving you directly into class 2 or 3. We strongly suggest taking the classes in order. Please contact us at [email protected] to review your portfolio.

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. You will present your progress for the week and receive critique from your mentor and peers. Live sessions 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 program is project-based and focus on your interactions with your mentor and classmates. It is more about creating original portfolio pieces and learning the concepts, processes, and workflows of a professional motion designer.

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