Course Overview


This five week Motion Design course aims to meet the needs of educators wishing to gain higher level skills with animated graphics.

“Motion graphics is a digital technique that combines pictures, words, sound and video. Examples of motion graphics abound online and in real life, from the credits in Hollywood motion pictures to keynote addresses…...Motion graphics combine the languages of film, animation and graphic design. Combining different creative elements like typography, illustration, logos, shapes and video. They are then animated or moved in a way that tells a story.” Al Boardman AGP Guest Expert and Motion Designer

Most of the times a voice over is recorded and a lot of complicated sentences are being spoken. A motion graphic artist needs to explain what is being told with the right images, symbols and illustrations. But what images do you associate with a word? And how do you prepare the image to be animated in After Effects?

Over the course of this five week course we will be producing a simple piece of motion design that will be intended to take a complex idea and explain this over a 30 to 45 second period of time.

This course is part of a series of Adobe Generation Professional courses designed to help educators become creators, not just consumers, of digital media. Throughout the series, you’ll learn new tools and techniques, explore best practices for teaching and learning, and unleash your creativity to help drive student outcomes. Drop in for one or engage in many, but we guarantee this series will help you and your students take your digital skills and creativity to the next level.

This is a free course.

Learning Objectives

By completing in this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the core concepts of Motion Design

  • Develop a skill set to create animated graphics.

  • Develop technical skills as well as a critical language about the Motion Design

  • Explore best practices for teaching Motion Design in the classroom.

  • Integrate creativity and digital media into classroom action.

  • Interact with experts from the world of Motion Design as well as fellow educators from around the globe.

Note: The content for this course is subject to change as the technology for creating digital publications changes.

What to Expect

The course kicks off on Monday, May 9 and ends on Friday, June 17. You may work at your own pace through the asynchronous content on the Exchange at any time during the course. We provide a suggested pacing to keep you on track during this intensive time period.

Each week, you will be attending a live class session (or viewing a recording). After the final week, you’ll be creating a final project that you’ll submit for review by the instructors. We’ve also built in time for you to catch up if you need to miss any days during the course. All work must be submitted no later than midnight BST on June 17, if you’d like to graduate and earn course credit.

Live Classes

Live class sessions will be hosted as follows:

Option A (for course members in East Asia, Australia and NZ)

  • 7:00 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10 hours) Sydney Time

Option B (for course members in Europe)

  • 7:00 p.m. BST (GMT + 1). London Time.

Option C (for course members in North, Central and South America)

  • 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (GMT-5 hours) Chicago Time

Live Class 1 takes place at the following date and time: Tuesday, May 10. There will be several times to attend to live class to accommodate course participants in different time zones, or you will be able to view a recording. All live classes are hosted via Adobe Connect.

Course Timeline and Important Dates

  • Monday, May 9: Course opens on the Adobe Education Exchange. Review pre-course readings and plan your participation.

  • Tuesday, May 10: Class 1

  • Tuesday, May 17: Class 2

  • Tuesday, May 24:  Class 3

  • Tuesday, May 31: Class 4

  • Tuesday, June 7: Class 5

  • Tuesday, May 24: Enrollment closes

  • Friday, June 17: Course ends. Last day to submit assignments to the Education

Note: Dates and times are subject to change up until the course starts.


This is an Advanced  level course. An understanding of key skills,  terminology and concepts are assumed and  a reasonable knowledge of the internet and a good understanding of digital technologies will be useful. We will be working with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects and you will need access to the paid or trial versions of these applications. 

Course Credit

We anticipate that successful completion of this course will require at minimum 25 hours of your time. After successfully completing this course, you will receive a digital credential that states that you successfully completed 25 hours of professional development. You may share this with others to demonstrate your achievement. The creation of content is a creative process so the amount of time you spend will vary.

FREE for all members
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25 Hours
1230 Members Enrolled