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Design Kickstart

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DESCRIPTION

In Design Kickstart, you’ll take on industry-inspired projects while learning key design concepts that will elevate your design work right away. By the end of this course, you’ll have all of the foundational design knowledge necessary to start crafting storyboards that are motion ready.

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Apr 4, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"This class was a real eye-opener for me coming from a place where everything I had learned came from YouTube and learning on the job. I’m really happy I invested in learning from real masters of the craft." - Daniele Longo, Fall 2020

Course Instructor

Mike Frederick

Your fearless leader on this journey is Mike Frederick, Emmy-Award winning Designer & Art Director who has been working in the field of Motion Design for over 20 years. His roster of advertising and broadcast clients is massive. Below are just a few.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates and get comfy with the course format. You’ll also get a taste of the Design Principles you’ll be learning in this course.

What you’ll Learn
  • Seeing like a designer
  • Photoshop Hotkeys & Quick TIps
week start

Apr 4

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

This week you’ll be introduced to the very important role of contrast in composition through the use of positive and negative space.

What you’ll Learn
  • Using contrast in designs
  • Working with type
  • Figure-ground relationship
week start

Apr 11

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assignments

4 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It’s time to dive deep into creating compositions that work as a series meant to be put into motion. You’ll explore how to put emphasis on important elements, and begin working with value and color.

What you’ll Learn
  • Emphasizing important elements
  • Creating good value structure
  • Basic color theory
week start

Apr 18

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week is a "focus week," a chance to catch up on course work and material. You'll also take a look at what it’s like to have design as your career.

What you’ll Learn
  • What being a designer is really like
  • Review design principles you’ve learned
week start

Apr 25

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

You’ll continue to refine your type setting skills with a complex typographical challenge. You’ll also get a lesson in simplicity by using simple shapes to communicate big ideas.

What you’ll Learn
  • Simplifying complex ideas
  • Designing with large amounts of type
week start

May 2

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It’s time to put your new design skills to the test by working on your final project. You’ll get to take a full set of boards from concept to finish, while picking up some helpful tips and tricks along the way.

What you’ll Learn
  • Additional design tips and tricks
  • Creating a full set of design boards
  • Growing as a designer
week start

May 9

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
week start

May 16

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

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FAQs

Do I need to know anything about design to take this course?

Nope! This course is made with beginners in mind. By the end of it, you'll know the design principles that every designer should understand. You'll also be ready to move onto other courses, like Design Bootcamp, where you can put this foundational knowledge to the test.

Do I need to know how to animate to take this course?

Nope! An understanding of how to create a project with Motion Design in mind is recommended, but not required to take this course. All you need is a strong desire to learn about design for use in Motion Design projects.

Should I know Photoshop or Illustrator before taking this course?

Knowing how to use Photoshop and Illustrator for this course is an absolute must. You don't need to know everything about the program, but having the basics down is necessary. If you haven't used these programs before, check out our Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed course where you'll learn industry-standard tools and techniques to start creating artwork right away.