Course Description

RISD CE animation course

Animation is a unique art form combining static images (usually drawings) and storytelling. These sequential images are put together to create the illusion of motion, much like a flipbook. This course introduces students to the core principles of cycles, levels, and squash and stretch as they start to turn their inanimate drawings into moving, dancing, fighting and flying animations. The use of analog and digital tools will be covered, as well as workflow implementation, including the mechanics of sequencing distinct drawings so that they flow together. Exercises and homework allow students to investigate and experiment with principles outside of class. By the end of the course students will complete a short movie, built frame by frame, and gain artistic confidence.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Animation: Introduction
Jan 11, 2021 to Feb 22, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $400.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 01, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 04, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 11, 2021 to Feb 22, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Photoshop. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. Please visit the Adobe website for cost and downloading instructions. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Headphones for computer
  • Laptop
  • Drawing tablet* that's compatible for your laptop or computer

* If you don't have a tablet here are some recommended beginner tablets. If you have the means, the bigger the tablet the more comfortable it will be to work with. Cintiq tablets (display on the tablet) are the best options but much more expensive.

If you don't have a drawing tablet but you have an iPad you can hook your drawing tablet up to your computer and use it as a standard drawing tablet:
Have an IPad and Mac computer? Use Sidecar.
Have an IPad and a Windows computer? Use Duet Display.
Let instructor know if you have another type of independent drawing tablet that you'd like to use such as a Surface Pro.

Highly recommend: External hard drive (4 TB is a good place to start. Choose the size you can afford but at least 1 TB.) Please check your computer's memory to ensure you have at least 20-30gb of space to be safe; animation files and export files can be heavy on a hard drive! 

Textbook: The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams (If this is unavailable to you for financial reasons scans can be provided by instructor.)

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