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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MACA 1900 - Introduction to Motion Graphics

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 1200 

(formerly MACA 2200)

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, tools, and practices used in creating animation images, or motion graphics. Storytelling, workflow, animation principles, and more will be used to help students understand this evolving field.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interface, file management, and ways to optimize their usage.


  1. Use and customize hotkeys.
  2. Modify the interface.
  3. Create an organized file structure.
  4. Organize workflow inside the software.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create simple animations.


  1. Create and delete keyframes.
  2. Use different techniques to manipulate speed in animations.
  3. Use different techniques to repurpose animations.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use advanced animation techniques.


  1. Use morph shapes.
  2. Use transparency shapes and channel information.
  3. Use tools to ease the process of repetition.
  4. Understand and be able to utilize the principles of animation.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use external tools for creating artwork.


  1. Create vector artwork to be used for animation.
  2. Create raster artwork to be used for animation.
  3. Create 3D artwork to be used in an animation.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to modify footage in the software.


  1. Use tools for isolating elements from source files.
  2. Use tools for matching movement from source files.
  3. Use tools animating and incorporating elements together.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. First Day Handout - Talk about what class is about
  2. Introduction to Software, methods…
  3. Page Transitions
  4. Page Transitions
  5. Page Transitions
  6. Titles/Page Transitions
  7. Titles
  8. Titles
  9. Lower Third/Titles
  10. Lower Third/Character Scorecards/Hotkey Test
  11. Character Scorecards/Lower Third
  12. Character Scorecards/Definitions Test
  13. Character Scorecards
  14. 3D Unfold /Character Scorecards
  15. 3D Unfold
  16. 3D Unfold/Design Rule
  17. Design Rule/3D Unfold
  18. Design Rule
  19. Design Rule/Angry Bird (planning)
  20. Design Rule/Angry Bird (planning)
  21. Angry Bird/Design Rule
  22. Angry Bird
  23. Angry Bird
  24. Tracking/Demo Reel (planning)/Angry Bird
  25. Tracking
  26. Demo Reel/Tracking
  27. Demo Reel
  28. Demo Reel
  29. Final Exam #1
  30. Final Exam #2
  31. Demo Reel/Tear Sheet Viewing Day Demo Reel
  32. Grading Day

Primary Faculty
Sheehan, Shawn
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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