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Design Bootcamp

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Classes Start

Jul 11, 2022

1:00 pm

UTC

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Registration starts
June 6, 2022
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.

INSTRUCTOR'S CLIENTS INCLUDE:

Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

We’ll start with a quick evaluation of your skills and a design refresher. You’ll orient yourself to the primary tools for the course, and start collecting great references for future projects..

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

July 11

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

Flex your typography muscles as you practice with hierarchy and contrast. You’ll learn how to choose the right colors for your compositions and quickly build on an idea using simple shapes. Finally, you’ll create a series of polished design boards.

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

July 18

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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. You’ll learn how to properly pace and flow throughout your promo, present a range of ideas to a client, and direct the viewer's eye using value and image placement

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

July 25

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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, learn how to “Steal Good Taste,” and dip your feet into the world of Art History

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

Aug 1

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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

Aug 8

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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

Aug 15

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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

Aug 22

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

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

Aug 29

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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

Sept 5

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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

Sept 12

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

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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

How do I know if this course is right for me? 

This course is a good fit for those that are comfortable using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. To excel in this course you should also understand the basic principles of design. Design Bootcamp shows you how to put your design knowledge into practice through real world projects. You will learn how to solve problems visually through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator in a practical manner and be doing professional style frames and storyboards in no time!

What are the prerequisites?

To take this course you need to be comfortable using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, if you are not there yet, we recommend taking Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed first. It's also important you have an understanding of the basic principles of design, if this isn't you yet, we recommend checking out Design Kickstart.

What are the differences in the School of Motion design courses? 

Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed is the perfect introductory design course for those unfamiliar with the softwares. You'll be confident using both Photoshop and Illustrator after completing the course. If you have experience with software but are not confident in your understanding or implementation of the Design Principles we recommend Design Kickstart.

If you're comfortable with the software and the principles, you can skip ahead to Design Bootcamp in which you'll create style frames and storyboards while learning to master typography, composition, and color theory. If you want to improve your actual drawing and illustration abilities Illustration for Motion is probably the best fit for you as long as you are comfortable with the software and Design Principles.

If you are debating between which course to enroll in, there is no wrong choice! It just depends on which skills you want or need to strengthen. For more on our design curriculum you can check out this article, The School of Motion Design Courses in a Nutshell and our Design for Motion Student Showcase.

What is the required software?

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

What is the course format?

Design Bootcamp is an 12-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional Animators with real life experience in the industry.

During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the  students and Teaching Assistants in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

How much time do I need to commit?

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 video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 12 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 12-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.

Can I access my course content after the course ends?

Yes! Once you complete Design Bootcamp, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Design Bootcamp following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version.

Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!