This project-based course throws you into the deep-end, giving you the training and tools to create a fully-realized piece from bid to final render.
Tackle a Job from Start to Finish
Being a fully independent Motion Designer has a lot of challenges. You need to know how to handle EVERY part of the process, from creating bids and schedules, all the way through handling the creative execution. If being your own boss sounds appealing to you and you're ready for the challenge of creating your own visual masterpiece, look no further than this course. By the end of Explainer Camp you'll have all of the skills necessary to tackle a project from start to finish.
- 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 Facebook group 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 2017.1.1 (18.1.1 or Higher) Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1 (21.1.0 or Higher) Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (14.2.1 or Higher)
- What are the prerequisites?
This course brings you from Script to Final Render of a motion design project and assumes that you have a strong foundation in animation and design skills, and a very strong grasp on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects. If you do not meet this criteria, we strongly suggest that you take Animation Bootcamp and Design Bootcamp before enrolling in Explainer Camp. Although it is not required, taking Advanced Motion Methods may be beneficial before taking this course
- How much time do I need to commit?
You can expect to commit at least 15-20 hours per week on coursework. The video lessons are 1-2 hours in length. There are 10 assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated weeks with no new lessons or assignments built into the course schedule to allow students to keep with the pace of the course.
Schedule and Course Length
12 Weeks of Explainer Camp
Week 1: Orientation week
Weeks 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)
Weeks 8 - 9: Lessons and Assignments
Weeks 10 - 12: Extended critique (no new assignments or lessons this week)
- What can I expect in Explainer Camp?
In this fast paced 12 week course you'll learn to master one of the staples of the MoGraph Industry, the Explainer Video, AKA a visual essay. This course covers every aspect of tackling a MoGraph project by yourself. You'll learn about creating bids and project schedules, coming up with concepts, doing pre-production, animatics, design and art direction, and finally putting it all together into a polished Motion Graphics piece. At the end of this course you'll have a piece that's created entirely by you and ready for your portfolio.