Course Objectives

The aim of ART376: Motion Graphics is to provide the student with the technology, processes and fundamentals needed to develop content from beginning concept to a finished animated graphic.

Upon completion of this course, students will have developed more specific and critical problem solving skills when approaching visual communication involving motion graphics, whether it be for educational, navigational (web), documentary, independent video, or commercial applications. The course emphasizes an understanding of historical uses, distinctive sequences, and key designers working in motion graphics in order to gain a broader understanding of the historical context of motion graphics and its influence on culture.

  • Create storyboards to communicate concepts for animation
  • Discuss their own animations and the animations of others in group critiques with sophistication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of animation vocabulary, timing and principles of movement
  • Apply principles of formal design aesthetics to motion graphic projects to create effective visual communications
  • Implement animated graphic concepts using Adobe Aftereffects and Photoshop
  • Incorporate audio into completed animations
  • Strengthen creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Learn to analyze and discuss your design concepts and the work of peers and professionals

JAN - FEB 2020

We Jan 22

Introduciton to course


Ball Bounce exercise

Introduce timing, Spacing and paths of actions

Mo Jan 27

History of Motion Graphics

Handdrawn Animation Exercise in class

Homework: at least 30 frames of morph or grow/reveal, focus on composition

We Jan 29

Review Exercises

30 Frame Timing Exercise Due next class

Mo Feb 03

Review Timing Exercises

Introduce Project 1

Discuss Storyboarding

We Feb 05

Storyboards for Project 1 Due

Review Storyboards in small groups

Begin Animating Project 1

Mo Feb 10

Review Color Storyboards

Review Animation Progress

We Feb 12

Work in Class on GIF

FEB - MAR 2020

Mo Feb 17

Work in Class

We Feb 19

Project 1 Due at end of class

Cool Link

Mo Feb 24

Critique Project 1

Assessment due at midnight tonight

Introduce Project 2

We Feb 26

Introduce Aftereffects FTRFX

Exercise with FTRFX for next class

Concept for logo


Review 10 Thumbnails for logo design

Mo Mar 02

Review exercises

Begin developing storyboards and style frame for logo project

We Mar 04

Review Storyboards

Mo Mar 09

Spring Break

We Mar 11

Spring Break

MAR - APR 2020

Mo Mar 16


We Mar 18


Mo Mar 23

Review Logo Progress

We Mar 25

Storyboards Due in Dropbox before class

Mo Mar 30

Animation progress

Work in Class

Individual Critique and Demos

We Apr 01

Work in Class, review progress


Mo Apr 06

Project 2 Due, uploaded to Youtube by end of class

Critique on YouTube

Introduce Project :Character Animation

Character Design and Staging


Model Sheet


We Apr 08

Sketches and Character Model Sheets Due

Begin Thumbnail action sequence

Create style frame composition in AI or PS for next class

APR - MAY 2020

Mo Apr 13

In class lab Project 3

We Apr 15

In class Lab

Mo Apr 20

Project 3 due

Introduce final project

Begin style frames and storyboards

We Apr 22

In class lab for Project 4

Review Progress

Mo Apr 27

In class lab for Project 4

Review Progress


We Apr 29

In class lab for Project 4

Review Progress

Mo May 04

In class lab for Project 4

Review Progress

We May 06

FINAL 2:45pm - 4:45pm



All Projects are due in the dropbox before class begins on the due date, always

All files must be properly labeled: Project Number_YOUR LAST NAME
example: 01_Dunlap.pdf

No Projects are accepted after deadline. You have remote access from any computer anywhere to the dropbox through:

remote access
youtube logo

Each of these projects encompasses different Photoshop or Aftereffects tools, as well as fundamentals of animation, conceptual development and critical thinking approaches.

These projects are all exercises in creativity, focus on creative problem solving and technical understanding of the tools.

Projects begin with thumbnail drawings in a sketchbook to develop concepts, and then these concept drawings are presented to small groups to brain storm ideas in order to optimize the concept and image.

Computer Labs on Campus can be found at:


There is no text for this class, notes and reading material will be uploaded to this site and students will be informed when assignments are on the site. You will be required to back-up your projects with an external harddrive of USB stick. Additionally, you will need a sketchbook no smaller that 5 x 7 and no larger than 11 x 14 and a pencil or pen each class to work out ideas. We will use your free www.lynda.com/linkedin-learning subscription for at home tutorials, the link can be found on your student homepage on the Bloomu site or HERE



Attendance is mandatory and crucial to be successful. Please make sure to look over the academic calendar to schedule any appointments or travel arrangements during breaks or outside of class meeting times. Students enrolled in studio courses are expected to attend all class sessions, as interaction and class participation are important aspects of the total learning process and should be valued as such. Students are responsible for all material presented in class and should contact the instructor for any information they may have missed. Additionally, there will be no makeup critiques, lectures, demos, or exams for unexcused absences.

If circumstances occur that cause excessive absences, the student will need to meet with the professor outside of class to discuss the situation. It will be the responsibility of the student to withdraw from class if it becomes necessary. Failure to do so could result in a poor academic standing and financial obligations.

Students are allowed three absences without penalty. After three absences, students will receive one final letter grade reduction for each additional absence. Student will not receive a passing grade after a total of Five absences. In addition, Students need to arrive to class on time and stay the whole class. Students arriving late or leaving early three times will equal an absence. Being an hour or more late or leaving an hour or more before class ends will result in an absence.


For each project you will be sent a Google form that details the individual requirements for that project (see first day calendar for example), and you will answer either "yes" or "no" questions regarding the tasks and knowledge you are expected to learn and be able to implement at each interval. For each question you earn a "1" for "yes" and "0" for "No" answers. Accurate self-assessment is a key factor in working successfully, so be honest with your answers. I will be there to help with answering those questions if needed, and will potentially ask you for justification for your assessment if I see a discrepancy. Your assessment involves four criteria: Technical, Formal, Professional/Craftsmanship, and Critical Thinking. These criteria are explained further above:

Evaluation Criteria

(1) Technical proficiency - use of software applications

(2) Formal - Use of accepted practices and a visible understanding of concepts and principles

(3) Craftsmanship, presentation, deadlines and participation in critique

(4) Concept, critical thinking and revision

You can earn 5 points per criteria for each project, for a total pf 20 possible points per project. You will know when the project is assigned exactly what is expected of you for that project. Each overall rating is given a grade equivalent based on the standard 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% grading percentages.

  • 20-19 points = A
  • 18 points = A-
  • 17 points = B+
  • 16-15 points = B
  • 14 points = B-
  • 13 points = C+
  • 12-11 points = C
  • 10 points =D+
  • 8-6 points = D

Art majors at the sophomore, junior, and senior level are required to participate in the departmental annual review. Specific details including portfolio requirements and review dates will be provided during the semester. Non-participation will lower your final grade by 1/3.







Any student who is eligible for classroom accommodations is invited to meet with me to discuss their concerns and to present their disclosure forms from the Office of Accommodative Services. Our University provides reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations and are not registered with the Accommodative Services Office, please contact this office in the Warren Student Services Center, Room 043 as soon as possible to establish your eligibility. If you feel you need extra help to improve your academic performance in this or any of your courses, please consider requesting a tutor in University Tutorial Services (UTS). UTS offers peer tutoring at no charge to Bloomsburg University students. The UTS office is located in Warren Student Services Center, Room 13.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center offers free support for graduate and undergraduate writers at any point in the writing process. Think of our consultants as your personal trainers for writing. They will not write any part of your paper, but they can help you get started and then keep going; they can read what you have written and ask questions to help you think about what your readers might need; they can work with you on grammar, mechanics, or format; and they can help you develop strategies for proofreading and editing.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) opens on the first day of the semester. Hours are Mon. through Thurs. from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Bakeless 206. There are also night hours on Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Schweiker Room, Andruss Library. You can drop in or request an appointment through email: buwc@bloomu.edu. Visit their website (bloomu.edu/writingcenter) for more information.

Other Important Information

Disclaimer: This online syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester, students will be notified when changes are made

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language, visual elements, and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work without credit to the author. All work submitted for this class must have been made for this course and not used for assignments in other courses. Found images or downloaded images that have copyright protection are prohibited.

The Bloomsburg University Writing Center (BUWC) offers free support for undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process. You set the agenda for the appointment - whether you are concerned about getting started, or about clarity, grammar, organization, citations or any other aspect of writing or the English language. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit their website (bloomu.edu/writingcenter) for hours and additional information.

The timeline for this course may need to be adjusted for severe weather events or other unforeseen circumstances.



As of 6:00pm March 15, 2020 all classes will be online for the remainder of the semester

Stay informed - please check your email regularly so you are aware of changes

We will use the software platform Zoom - please download it (you'll have free access, so don't pay anything)

Link here

and watch the 45 minute www.lynda.com tutorial on how to use it

I will work out a test run with everyone before classes meet to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, so we can get back on it next week - we will meet at the normally scheduled time and it will be live via zoom

Continue to work on projects, if you have questions, please email me and I can answer either directly or post here

Sorry we can't sign out graphics tablets - we only have 20 and there are over 70 students enrolled in graphic design courses

Here's an alternative


James Dunlap


Office: Old Science 123


Office Hours: Mon/ Wed 2:00 - 4:00

Tu-Th 6:30 - 7:00pm

or by appointment

Phone: 570-389-3961