Motion Design and Animation Certificate


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Learn the art of time-based storytelling

Become fluent in the art of motion design and animation. Learn about the video process from start (storyboarding, editing, and creating special effects) to finish (grading and polishing content to produce professional-quality videos), and master techniques for time-based storytelling. This three-course certificate covers both concept development and technical approaches to video and film production. Students leave with a solid foundation for entry into this popular specialized field. Courses are taught by seasoned industry professionals with current, real-world experience.








Total Courses:



Course Length:

9 weeks


Who Should Enroll

  • Aspiring motion designers and filmmakers at any level of experience
  • Professionals looking to expand their storytelling skills

What You'll Gain

  • Experience in developing concepts into powerful visual stories in film, video, and animated formats
  • Knowledge of industry-standard software including Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Animate
  • The ability to develop marketable concepts for visual time-based stories
  • The ability to engage in the critical process, through discussion and critique of peer work

How You'll Learn

  • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
  • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
  • Online collaboration and video conferencing
  • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets


Students are advised to complete courses in the order in which they are listed below.

Learn how to sculpt stories into well-paced, high-impact motion graphics using timelines and frames.
Transform ideas and sketched storyboards into finished video clips, using industry-standard software like Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.
Build advanced software skills in After Effects, Premier Pro, Bridge, and Media Encoder, which will enable you to develop high-quality portfolio work.

“Today’s creative is often required to transform stories into video, and the Motion Design and Animation Certificate demystifies effective visual storytelling in the arena of moving images and animation.”

Alisa Evdokimov, adjunct faculty member, Motion Design and Animation Certificate program; creative director and producer

Why The New School?

The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design — a globally top-ranked design school — our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to new ones in a constantly evolving world.