DMA 24: Motion - Summer 2019




Sara Drake - @ gmail
1-2PM after class by appointment



          PROJECT 1

          PROJECT 2


         Simulation Effects (particles and physics stuff)

         Behavior Presets (these are expressions like Wiggle)

         Distortion Effects (bend, buldge, liquify, etc.)


An introductory course on the fundamentals of motion graphics and digital animation. Focusing on composition, timing, dramatic structure and cinematography students will gain a formal and critical understanding of how to use visual movement to convey meaning.


✺ become familiar with terminology and concepts in digital animation

✺ provide historical and current perspectives of motion graphics

✺ gain an understanding of digital animation software, hardware, and accompanying techniques

✺ practice critical interpretations of traditional methodologies and preconceived notions within media culture


Premiere Pro(or Final Cut), AfterEffects, Photoshop, Illustrator, audio editing software of your choice


Project 1: 20%
Project 2: 40%
In class assignments: 20%
Participation and Attendance: 20%

Projects will be graded based on effort, quality of concept, execution of concept, originality and experimentation/creative risk taking.

Late assignments will be accepted, but points will be deducted from the final score.


Participation in a studio class is key! Please show up to class prepared to work, be ready to discuss your work and your classmates’ work, and stay focused. Ask questions in class and share your thoughts during class discussions. Challenge yourself and be encouraging of others as they do the same. Be attentive and considerate to your classmates.


More than two unexcused absences will lower your final grade by one whole unit (for example, A to B). Three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade. If there is an emergency and you must miss class, please email me before class. Absences will not be excused after the fact except in extreme circumstances. Illness requires a doctor’s note.

Class starts at 9:00 am. If you are more than 15 minutes late for class, you will be marked tardy. Three tardies become equivalent to one unexcused absence.


In this class we make a commitment towards diversity by acknowledging the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. A collaborative effort between the students and the teacher is needed for creating a supportive learning environment. If a class member says that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, remember this is a valuable opportunity for everyone present to grow and learn from one another with further discussion. All class members are encouraged to discuss such instances with the instructor so they can be addressed with greater care in the future.


UCLA strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on a disability, please let me know as soon as possible. It is necessary for you to register with the UCLA Center for Accessible Education so that we can establish reasonable accommodations. After registration, make arrangements with me to discuss how to implement these accommodations.

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