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Design Bootcamp shows you how to put design knowledge into practice through several real-world client jobs. You’ll create style frames and storyboards while watching typography, composition, and color theory lessons in a challenging, social environment.

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"Michael Frederick does an amazing job of letting you live inside the head of a true pro designer for two months. Upon completion of this course, I felt confident in creating work that was my own. Previous to this, I would rely heavily on what I saw from others."

- Jordan Bergren, Winter 2017

Course Instructor

Mike Frederick

Your fearless leader on this journey is Mike Frederick, Emmy-Award winning Designer & Art Director who has been working in the field of Motion Design for over 20 years. His roster of advertising and broadcast clients is massive. Below are just a few.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

MMeet your classmates, get comfy with the course format, dive right in with an Evaluation exercise designed to let us see where you are starting from.

What you’ll Learn
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Course
  • Workflow Tips and Tricks
  • Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
week start

Apr 4

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

You'll learn about Typography, Hierarchy, and basic color and composition tricks to build your first set of boards.

What you’ll Learn
  • Typography
  • Composition Techniques
  • Using Color
week start

Apr 11

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Get a handle on Value Structure and learn how to create techy graphic elements to use on your style-frames and storyboards for a promo that takes the viewer to the Red Planet.

What you’ll Learn
  • Recognizing Good Value Structure
  • Creating Graphic Elements
week start

Apr 18

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

By now you’re feeling the burn. Take a week to focus on your work, and take a dip into the world of Art History.

What you’ll Learn
  • Why Art History is Important
  • Developing Good Taste
week start

Apr 25

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Design starts way before you've ever opened up Illustrator or Photoshop. This week, dig into Branding, Art Direction, Mood Boards, and learn how to come up with ideas in the first place. You'll also learn about the importance of research to nail a style and vibe.

What you’ll Learn
  • Coming up with Ideas
  • Researching to Inform your Designs
  • Creating Solid Concepts
week start

May 2

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week you'll kick things off by honing your Photoshop skills as you learn to incorporate massive amounts of texture and mood into your boards. Next, you'll learn concepts like Balance, Tension, and Visual Language as you tackle an explainer video for a new brand.

What you’ll Learn
  • Adding Texture
  • Creating Balance and Tension
  • Using Visual Language
week start

May 9

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Learn about the business side of being a Designer in the MoGraph field. How are these new design skills going to help you in your career? Find out in this focus week.

What you’ll Learn
  • Being a Designer for Motion
week start

May 16

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assignments

0 Projects

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6 Hrs

We'll give you crash-course in using the free Cinema 4D Lite which ships with Adobe CC, and then we'll show you how to incorporate 3D into your designs. Then, you'll move on to starting one of your last projects, a full set of boards for an explainer video.

What you’ll Learn
  • Incorporating 3D in your Design Frames
  • Starting a Large Design Project
week start

May 23

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Finish those Explainer boards that you started in the last lesson, and then it's on to your final project, the ultimate test of your new design skills. Take the elements a client has provided and create a set of boards for a :30 spot promoting their brand.

What you’ll Learn
  • Adding Polish to Boards
  • Put Your Skills to the Test
week start

May 30

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

The final 3 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project and then turn it in for critique.

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
week start

Jun 6

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

COMMUNITY

Don't Learn Alone

Our student community is welcoming, diverse, and growing rapidly.

Build Your Network

Connect with Industry Pros

Celebrate with Your Peers

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FAQs

What will I learn?

This course shows you how to put design knowledge into practice through real world projects. You’ll be doing professional style frames and storyboards in no time. You will learn how to solve problems visually through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator in a practical manner. At the end of this course you will have learned the fundamentals of design and how it applies to real projects.

Design Bootcamp vs. Illustration For Motion

Here's what some alumni have to say about their experience in Design Bootcamp vs. Illustration For Motion.

"I think of it this way: in Animation Bootcamp, pretty much everything is handed to you, and you make it move. In Design Bootcamp, you need to come up with your ideas, make moodboards, find matching assets and put things together. Illustration For Motion is even broader than that — you can make literally anything happen, but that can also be challenging, since your possibilities are endless. Nothing is holding you back anymore, and you're the king of every frame."

"Aside from the content being very different, if you are already comfortable with Photoshop then it’s just a matter of whether you’d prefer to work on designing using assets like photos or if you want to improve in your actual drawing/illustration ability. When I took Design Bootcamp it was really my first serious foray into Photoshop, so there were a few times I felt overwhelmed. I feel much better about Illustration for Motion because I am accustomed to the software now."

If you are debating between which course to enroll in, there is no wrong choice! It just depends on which skills you want to strengthen.

What are the prerequisites?

You’ll need to be comfortable using Photoshop and Illustrator. You should understand the basic principles of design. If you are not there yet, we recommend taking Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed first.

What is the course format?

Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work in our proprietary critique portal. Our TA's are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills. During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

What is the required software?

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (18.0 or Higher) Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 (17.0 or Higher)

What is the workload like?

Design Bootcamp is a 12 week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However,You can expect to commit at least 15-20 hours per week on course material. The lesson videos are 1 - 2 hours in length. There are 12 Assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated weeks with no lessons or assignments built into the schedule so students have extra time to keep with the course pace.

Course Schedule

  • Week 1: Orientation week
  • Week 2 - 3 Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 4: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Weeks 5 - 6: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 7: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Week 10 - 12: Extended Critiques (no new assignments or lessons this week)