Examining the Complexities of Today's Multimedia Productions
Combining design, technology and the ever-expanding media, our Digital Animation and Motion Graphic course gives students the opportunity to dive into the complex world of multimedia production. This class aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical tools to understand the diverse range of time-based media that have come to be known as motion graphics and digital animation and create their own animated works for their portfolios!
Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated 2D/3D graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using Adobe After Effects in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The course will involve in-class demos, technical exercise projects to practice applying techniques covered in class, and a self-proposed final project.
Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using:
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Premiere Pro
By the end of this course, the student will:
- Have an understanding of commercial motion graphics and animation production and film process
- Develop current industry skills and techniques including Adobe software
- Be able to create basic motion graphics and animations based on stories and infographics
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- Activities that will help communicate and tell stories through motion, art, and design for games, films, and the web.
- Engage with areas related to the games, motion graphics, concept art, animation, modeling, and visual effects industries.
- Learn real-world skills from leading designers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
- The primary goal is to create problem solvers who strike a balance between traditional art and technology, and between individual vision and teamwork. With a fundamental understanding of digital tools and their creative applications, graduates meet the demands of a diverse and expanding job market in visual storytelling.
Meet the Professor
Heejoo Gwen Kim works as an experimental mixed-media filmmaker, new media artist, and educator currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, feminism, elder abuse, and human trafficking in experimental narrative film structures. She holds MFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Film, Video, New Media and Animation) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (New Media Arts) and BFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology Studies) and Hongik University (Painting and Drawing).
Her films and installations have been internationally presented at festivals and galleries in Germany, UK, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippine, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, and throughout the United States. Her films have received awards including Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Show at several international film festivals. She had been a director, curator, an adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art festivals, conferences, and shows.
Currently she is teaching at University of Connecticut. She previously taught at The University of Montana in Media Arts, The School of Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies, Bowling Green State University in Digital Art, and Columbia College Chicago in Interactive Arts and Media.
Heejoo Kim’s website: https://heejoogwenkim.com/