MOTION GRAPHICS

 

Motion Graphics Specialization

​Interested in creating the slick, quirky, and mesmerizing visuals you see in commercials, live music performances, movie titles, TV shows, sports broadcasts, game UIs, and music videos? We have a program to train motion designers to succeed in the motion graphics field in a variety of industries.Taught by experienced instructors from the design, art, animation, game, visual effects, marketing and audio industries, the ACC motion graphics program encourages both practical and experimental approaches to creating motion graphics. The classes are small and hands-on, allowing ample one-on-one time with instructors and creating a collaborative environment that can’t be found online. The curriculum is thoughtfully structured with a continuous level of focus on creating work that is relevant and fundamentally sound, not to mention challenging and fun.

Using the most current tools and techniques, learn to bring together animation, graphic design, visual effects, fine art, music, and video footage to create motion graphics sequences and elements. These are the skills needed by independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, television networks, video game companies, and many others to tell stories and make their work more visually exciting.

​From the conceptual phase, through design and onto animation, learn industry standard workflows and techniques; or hone, expand and update your professional skills. The program was crafted from the input of industry leaders to take budding new motion designers to the next level. Graduates from the ACC Motion Graphics program have been employed by visual effects studios, major television networks, advertising agencies, video game companies, cartoon studios, motion design boutiques, high-tech marketing departments, and others.

What IS Motion Graphics Anyway?

Technically speaking, “motion graphics” is the product while “motion graphic design” is the process.

Wikipedia defines Motion Graphic Design as “a subset of graphic design in that it uses graphic design principles in a filmmaking or video production context (or other temporally evolving visual medium) through the use of animation or filmic techniques. Examples include the kinetic typography and graphics used in film and television opening sequences, and the spinning, three-dimensional station identification logos of some television channels. Although this art form has been around for decades, it has taken quantum leaps forward in recent years in terms of technical sophistication.”
Here are some professional examples from the Motionographer Vimeo Channel:

Get Prepared For a Career in Motion Graphics

Austin is a blossoming city for motion graphics careers with international ad agencies, film studios, television networks, educational publishers, game companies, high-tech manufacturing, and a number of other companies that need motion design.

According to Glassdoor and a 2014 AIGA study, the average Austin motion designer makes approximately $60,000 per year. With screens becoming such a prominent part of our daily lives, the demand for motion graphics is only getting larger. Get in on the ground-floor of this young industry by learning from seasoned professionals who will give you the skills and tools to be successful.

With An ACC Motion Graphics Education...

You Can Become a:

  • Motion Designer
  • Broadcast Designer
  • Film Title Designer
  • Cartoon Compositor
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Style Frame Designer
  • Concept Designer

You Will Learn:

  • Conceptual Boarding
  • Graphic Design
  • Typographic Design
  • Video Compositing
  • 2D/3D Animation
  • Video Editing / Integration
  • Team-Based Workflows

You Will Be Trained In:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Studio
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Trapcode Suite
  • Video Copilot Element 3D

“As an employer of animators, I’m impressed by the mentorship and level of talent coming out of this program.”

Ron Pippin

Shiny Object

Degree Plans

Motion Graphics Associates Degree

Semester 1

Course Number Description Credits
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I​​ or ​GRPH 1359 Vector Graphics for Production 3
MOTG 1475 Intro to Motion Graphics, Animation, and Compositing 4
SPCH or EDUC 1300 Oral Communication or * Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success 3
Total Hours: 13

Semester 2

Course Number Description Credits
MOTG 1370 Design for Motion I 3
MOTG 1474 Motion Design Concepts 4
MOTG 2474 Visual Effects 4
Mathematics 3
Total Hours: 14

Semester 3

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1471 Post Production for Digital Media 4
SOCI 1301 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total Hours: 7

Semester 4

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1472 Design for Motion II 4
** MOTG 1473 Motion Graphics I 4
** MOTG 2470 3D for Motion Graphics 4
Total Hours: 12

Semester 5

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 2371 Motion Graphics II 3
** MOTG 2372 Motion Graphics Project (special permission) 3
ENGL 1301 English Composition I ​or ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing 3
Total Hours: 12

Semester 6

Course Number Description Credits
** # ARTV 2271 Portfolio Workshop 3
Total Hours: 2
Total Hours for Degree: 60

 

Motion Graphics Certificate

Semester 1

Course Number Description Credits
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I​ ​ or ​GRPH 1359 Vector Graphics for Production 3
MOTG 1475 Intro to Motion Graphics, Animation, and Compositing 4
Total Hours: 10

Semester 2

Course Number Description Credits
MOTG 1370 Design for Motion I 3
MOTG 1474 Motion Design Concepts 4
MOTG 2474 Visual Effects 4
Total Hours: 11

Semester 3

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1471 Post Production for Digital Media 4
Total Hours: 4

Semester 4

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1472 Design for Motion II 4
** MOTG 1473 Motion Graphics I 4
** MOTG 2470 3D for Motion Graphics 4
Total Hours: 12

Semester 5

Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 2371 Motion Graphics II 3
** MOTG 2372 Motion Graphics Project (special permission) 3
Total Hours: 6

Semester 6

Course Number Description Credits
** # ARTV 2271 Portfolio Workshop 3
Total Hours: 2
Total Hours for Degree: 45

Note for the Associate Degree

Students must take one class (3 credit hours) in each of the areas indicated below.
Written Communication (English)
Select from the English Rhetoric/Composition area of the Core Curriculum.

Oral Communication Select a course with the SPCH rubric from the Communications area of the Core Curriculum.

Mathematics Select from the Mathematics area of the Core Curriculum.

Humanities/Visual & Performing Arts Select from the Humanities or Visual & Performing Arts areas of the Core Curriculum or from the foreign language courses in the Communications area of the Core Curriculum.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Select from the History, Government or other Social & Behavioral Sciences areas of the Core Curriculum.

Semester 1
Course Number Description Credits
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
Digital Imaging I​ ​
or
​Vector Graphics for Production
3
MOTG 1475 Intro to Motion Graphics, Animation, and Compositing 4
SPCH or EDUC 1300 Oral Communication or * Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success 3
Total Hours: 13
Semester 2
Course Number Description Credits
MOTG 1370 Design for Motion I 3
MOTG 1474 Motion Design Concepts 4
MOTG 2474 Visual Effects 4
Mathematics 3
Total Hours: 14
Semester 3
Course Number Description Credits
 ** MOTG 1471 Post Production for Digital Media 4
 SOCI 1301 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total Hours: 7
Semester 4
Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1472 Design for Motion II 4
** MOTG 1473 Motion Graphics I 4
** MOTG 2470 3D for Motion Graphics 4
Total Hours: 12
Semester 5
Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 2371 Motion Graphics II 3
** MOTG 2372 Motion Graphics Project (special permission) 3
English Composition I
or
​Technical & Business Writing
3
Total Hours: 12
Semester 6
Course Number Description Credits
** # ARTV 2271 Portfolio Workshop 3
Total Hours: 2
Total Hours for Degree: 60

# Capstone Course. Special Approval Required
* Select from the appropriate section of the ACC General Education course list. General Education core classes are listed above.
** These courses are only offered once a year in the semester indicated. Please plan prerequisite courses accordingly.
*** First-time at ACC students with fewer than 12 SCH (semester credit hours) of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300.
All others take SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking.

Note for the Associate Degree

Motion Graphics Certificate

The Motion Graphics Specialization Level II – Certificate is a 6 semester, 45 hour degree featuring 13 conceptual, design, and animation classes that are geared to ignite students to become entry-level motion designers in the Austin motion graphics industry and beyond. Please contact an advisor with any questions.

 

Semester 1
Course Number Description Credits
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
Digital Imaging I​ ​
or
​Vector Graphics for Production
3
MOTG 1475 Intro to Motion Graphics, Animation, and Compositing 4
Total Hours: 10
Semester 2
Course Number Description Credits
MOTG 1370 Design for Motion I 3
MOTG 1474 Motion Design Concepts 4
MOTG 2474 Visual Effects 4
Total Hours: 11
Semester 3
Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1471 Post Production for Digital Media 4
Total Hours: 4
Semester 4
Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 1472 Design for Motion II 4
** MOTG 1473 Motion Graphics I 4
** MOTG 2470 3D for Motion Graphics 4
Total Hours: 12
Semester 5
Course Number Description Credits
** MOTG 2371 Motion Graphics II 3
** MOTG 2372 Motion Graphics Project (special permission) 3
Total Hours: 6
Semester 6
Course Number Description Credits
** # ARTV 2271 Portfolio Workshop 3
Total Hours: 3
Total Hours for Degree: 45

# Capstone Course. Special Approval Required
* Select from the appropriate section of the ACC General Education course list. General Education core classes are listed above.
** These courses are only offered once a year in the semester indicated. Please plan prerequisite courses accordingly.
*** First-time at ACC students with fewer than 12 SCH (semester credit hours) of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300.
All others take SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking.

Professor, Adviser

Steven has worked in motion graphics for 18 years on projects that could be seen in theaters, on network television, video game consoles, and even the internets

Lindsey Chastain
Adjunct Professor

Video Compositor at Powerhouse Animation and all around superstar instructor, Lindsey brings years of experience in games, marketing, design and animation to ACC. s.

Stephen Fishman
Adunct Professor

Stephen’s quirk, vast knowledge and fantastic design skills make him an amazing teacher. He’s heavily involved in all levels of design, music and art in Texas.

Pal Moore
Adjunct Professor

Hailing from the great state of Mississippi, attending Cooper Union and then working in NYC at Psyop and as a freelancer, Pal now lives in Austin and ​works as a Designer, Animator, and Art Director ​when he’s not grading school-work.

Jmmy Tovar
Adjunct Professor

Despite working on countless projects showcasing my animation and illustration skills, I am best remembered for drawing shadows for “Space Jam.” I’m a right-handed Sagittarius that enjoys playing guitar and travel sketching. But not at the same time.

Rachel Ward
Adjunct Professor

Rachel has worked in Austin at a number of ad agencies and boutique studios as a conceptual artist and animator. She loves traveling, camping, and her animals.

GDAMG SUPPORT

Garry Gaber
Professor
Department Chair

Deanna Whaley
GDAMG Admin Assitant/
Advisor

Colin Blankenship
Adjunct Professor
Advisor

Randy Hill
GDAMG Windows Computer Support

New Students should get advised today!

 

Come study with us and become part of our diverse community. We can help you reach your career goals with affordable, hands-on training. Classes are held at Northridge and Highland Campuses and include evening and distance learning courses. With small class sizes and one computer per student in digital classes, the Game Design, Game Art, 2D &, 3D Animation, and Motion Graphics department offers an outstanding and accessible educational experience. Students wishing to enter any of our programs of study are not required to have art, design or computer experience, although it is helpful. We hope you will bring enthusiasm to our classes as well as a willingness to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to commit to learning. Classes in the Game Design, Game Art, 2D &, 3D Animation, and Motion Graphics department can benefit students just out of high school, people who’d like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills. You can take the first step in the registration process at ACC’s application page. And check out more information about becoming a student at our get started page.

Set up an Appointment now!

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New Students should get advised today!

 

Come study with us and become part of our diverse community. We can help you reach your career goals with affordable, hands-on training. Classes are held at Northridge and Highland Campuses and include evening and distance learning courses. With small class sizes and one computer per student in digital classes, the Game Design, Game Art, 2D &, 3D Animation, and Motion Graphics department offers an outstanding and accessible educational experience. Students wishing to enter any of our programs of study are not required to have art, design or computer experience, although it is helpful. We hope you will bring enthusiasm to our classes as well as a willingness to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to commit to learning. Classes in the Game Design, Game Art, 2D &, 3D Animation, and Motion Graphics department can benefit students just out of high school, people who’d like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills. You can take the first step in the registration process at ACC’s application page. And check out more information about becoming a student at our get started page.

Set up an Appointment now!

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