Course Description

RISD CE animation course

Explore the dynamic medium of animation with a presentation of the basic tools, core principles, history and current uses of the discipline. You will use digital tools to learn the mechanics of sequencing inanimate drawings so that they flow together into a single media experience. There will also be an overview of the first popular animation shorts and their reception in popular culture. Early animation studio workflows and animation basic concepts such as timing, cycles and exaggeration will also be covered. This background will form a foundation of knowledge that applies to character and object animation, and motion graphics. By the end of the course, you will understand how animation is produced, gain confidence in the basic skill set and apply the workflow of this popular artform. This course is perfect for beginner artists and more advanced students alike.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies

This course requires a digital drawing tablet such as a Wacom Intuos, Bamboo, or Cintiq creative tablets or equivalent. Alternatively, students can use an iPad w/ Apple pencil. Additionally, you can expect to spend up to $125 (estimate) on supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books for this course. A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

Section Notes
  • This course requires access to Adobe Photoshop. Please visit the Adobe Photoshop website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
  • OR This course section requires access to Procreate (for iPad users).
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