Motion graphics (or motion design) is a growing profession with its roots in video editing, animation, and graphic design. Creating engaging and meaningful motion graphics requires a technical knowledge of the software programs involved, as well as a knowledge of motion graphics workflow, an awareness of current and past visual styles and trends, and an ability to critique our own work and those of our collaborators.

Learn the principles of Motion Design and Build your Portfolio

You'll learn the principles of motion graphics and the best practices to create unique motion graphics from concept to completion, resulting in portfolio-worthy projects to show potential clients.

Get started with Motion Graphics Applications

See our full suite of motion graphics classes: Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Motion Graphics Certificate Program

Take our Premiere Pro and After Effects courses along with this one, to earn a Certificate in Motion Graphics.

More about the Motion Graphics Portfolio course

In this in-depth motion graphics course, you'll create several projects for your portfolio, including (but not limited to) a logo animation, a social media ad, an infographic animation, and a book or movie trailer. The portfolio development course is a self-driven, project-based course designed to support students and enhance their skill set as they work to develop original, high-quality projects for their portfolios. Students receive ample one-on-one support from the instructor as well as targeted lessons that are centered upon the projects that they are creating. 

Each day, the instructor sets high-level goals and provides inspiration and guidance, but much of the learning takes place through discovery, as determined by each student’s individual goals and creative direction. For example, while everyone in the class may be working on an animated logo, they’re each working on different logos, focusing on different components of that project type, and different strategies for getting their chosen logo to appear on the screen. 

Assignments will be critiqued by both the instructor and during group critiques. You'll then revise your work as needed, and finish the assignment either in class or outside of class as homework (you should expect to work outside of class). By the end of the Motion Design Portfolio course, our hope is that you'll have at least three finished motion graphics animations for your portfolio. The instructor is available throughout the course duration, to provide feedback and advice, both during and outside of class.

Ideally, a student enrolling in the Portfolio course should have taken After Effects level 1 and/or 2, or work regularly with the software. Basic skills in graphic design and video editing are also recommended.