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GMD-173 - Motion Design - Lin Wilde

Course:Motion Design
Professor:Lin Wilde
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I graduated from Otis College of Art & Design in 2003 with a degree in Digital Media, emphasizing in Motion Graphics. I freelanced as an animator briefly after graduating before taking a staff position at a studio in Santa Monica called Blind. I started off as a lowly post production assistant and eventually worked my way up to being the lead editor and in-house flame artist (the Autodesk software, not working with actual fire). I loved working at such a creative and innovative studio and was able to do a bit of everything: design, animate, edit, color correct, and all kinds of visual effects work. I left Blind in 2014 to freelance, primarily as an editor (technically a vfx editor, specializing in motion graphics and vfx workflows). I have worked at a number of different studios and agencies since 2014 and have worked on projects for most major brands (Apple, Google, Nike), networks (HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime), video games (Riot, Xbox, Playstation, Oculus) and many other exciting clients. I'm also a member of the Television Academy (Emmys) in the Motion & Title Design Peer Group. I'll share experiences from what I've learned throughout the semester as well as any projects I'm currently working on. My goal in this course is to show you the most common tools inside After Effects and Photoshop that are currently used in the industry today, as well as discuss concepts that I wish I had known before I graduated. My professional website is located here.

Course Description

We will have 6 projects in the semester, each one will focus on different techniques relating to Motion Design.

We will cover 2D animation in both After Effects and Photoshop, animating cameras and text, and all sorts of other fun tricks.

What to Expect in this Course

I will demonstrate techniques live and record them to be accessed and viewed later at the students convenience. 

Students will need:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Software, specifically After Effects, Photoshop and Media Encoder. Other applications such as Premiere and Illustrator may also be used, but not required to complete the course. 

All important information and projects will be inside the Canvas shell. 

There will not be any tests or exams, and I do not have critiques at the end of projects (critiques happen individually while students are working on projects).

Types of Assessments

Students will be able to share projects they are working on with me (as well as with other students) during breakout rooms. Students are also able to send me project files to review and give feedback.

At no point will it be required to share work with class if the student does not feel comfortable doing so. I will give feedback live during breakout rooms, as well as written feedback when projects are turned it.

Textbook Information

There is no textbook required for this course. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Students will need to have a reliable internet connection and make sure Zoom software is current and that the camera and microphone work properly.

I will send an email with the Zoom link to all students enrolled (and waitlisted) a few days before the first day of class.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Last updated: 07/26/2023 Sub#: 574