Course Description

Artwork by Acacia Fowler

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of stop-motion animation. Students will have the opportunity to experiment animating a variety of materials, such as sand, clay, photographs and puppets. During the production of two short films, class participants will animate these materials with a camera in a real three-dimensional space. The class will explore traditional puppet animation, sand animation, replacement animation, claymation, pixelation (animating humans) and other styles of experimental animation through exercises, assignments, and film screenings. Upon completion of the course, students will have a few completed pieces of animation and will have gained the knowledge to further explore the medium of stop-motion animation.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Feb 27, 2023 to Apr 09, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Mar 20, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Feb 20, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Feb 27, 2023 to Apr 09, 2023
Necessary Supplies

This course requires a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) or an iPhone. 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 Dragonframe. Please visit the Dragonframe website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
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