Motion Design: class lesson plan

Project Published 7/7/16 Last updated on 8/13/18

This lesson plan is designed to take students through the entire process of creating an animated short movie; from script through to final project students will learn the creative process, animation principles, and further develop skills in the Adobe software programs that are required to complete the project. A multi-week project, students will complete milestones that lead to the final movie completion:

  • develop a script
  • compile/create assets and sound effects
  • create a voice over
  • complete a storyboard
  • develop an animatic
  • complete the final animation

The lesson plan contains several links to introduce many of the above milestones. There are also multiple additional free resources to introduce topics and learning available on YouTube, Vimeo, Lynda.com, etc.

A sample final project has been included.

  • Audition

    Audio recording, mixing, and restoration.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

Age Levels
1+ Month
Content Standards
Common Career Technical Core
Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation

Access to Adobe Creative Suite, specifically:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Audition
  • After Effects
  • Media Encoder

Access to the internet and utilization of a computer.

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial
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Jeff O'Brien

Posted on 6/20/18 4:11:57 PM Permalink

​Thank you for the resources.

dorothy lynch

Posted on 7/12/17 2:24:34 PM Permalink

In this lesson plan creativity assessment would be composing ​the script and the development of a list of illustrations. The guided questions could be: 1.What path did you take to come up with this idea? 2.Why did you choose__? 3.What ideas or themes did you use for incorporation?