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Digital and Experimental Animation: Introduction

This introductory course focuses on bringing still and moving images to life through a wide variety of applications including Photoshop, After Effects, Dragonframe and Premiere Pro. By becoming familiar with and understanding each application, students will develop a deeper understanding of digital media and creative editing. Lessons include building simple animated GIFs, making movies “out of nothing,” and finding best uses of Layers and Puppet Tools in Photoshop and After Effects. We will also explore more traditional approaches to animation via hand-drawn exercises, stop-motion and ways to hybridize these with digital processes. The class includes screenings of contemporary and past animations, and discussions.

Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.

SMFA Continuing Education Classes

SMFA classes invite you to explore art-making, technique, and artistic expression in a variety of mediums.


SMFA At Tufts

A studio art school that challenges students to innovate across mediums, define their own practices, and participate in a global community of contemporary artists.