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So, you want to know what Motion Design is?

You see it everyday, but you probably didn’t know it had a name. You see it when you go to the movies, or watch TV, or surf the web, or even go shopping. It is the mysterious title sequence that sets the mood for the latest sci-fi movie. It’s the beautiful animated graphics that introduce the events for the Olympic Games. It’s the cool interface on that website that you use to make your own snowboard designs. It’s the fun, colorful interpretation of music and dance to interest you in the new iPod at the Apple store. Anywhere there is a screen, you’re probably seeing creative work called Motion Design. 

It really is an awesome career. You get to work with a variety of creative people, and work on all kinds of interesting projects. It’s pretty hard to get bored because each project requires its own unique creative solutions. The one thing that’s necessary if you want to be a Motion Designer is the desire to constantly push the creative envelope by creating new and innovative visual imagery. You have to really like challenging yourself to experiment and explore new ways of communicating a concept. You’ll assume a variety of roles, from a graphic designer, to a storyboard artist, to an animator, to an editor, to an art director, and have fun doing it all.

There are things you’ll learn in the Motion Design major to help you jump-start your career and to help you reach your full potential. You'll learn the latest technology and software like After Effects and Cinema 4D, but in Motion Design, it’s the creative intent that drives the technical capabilities. You’ll learn how to work collaboratively with other creative people with a variety of different skill sets. And the best thing is that you’ll be working on actual projects from actual clients.

Motion Design Exists Anywhere There is a Screen

Motion Design is a young department.  We have had only one graduating class thus far.  The thing that makes me most proud is the variety of jobs that our graduates have secured.  It really speaks to the breadth of the skill sets that the students learn here in Motion Design.  
Our first year of graduates have already made a name for the department in the industry.  We have graduates in some of top motion design studios (Andrew Schoneweis at Buck), commercial production studios (Jose Diaz at Laika), advertising agencies (Sharon Correa, Weiden+Kennedy), social media giants (Mauroof Ahmed, LinkedIn), movie trailer studios (Justin Timmons, Greenhaus), experience design companies (Lynea Hagman, Disney).   
Some of the projects to which our graduates have already contributed include commercials for Target, IBM, M&Ms.   Movie trailers for such films as Disney’s Maleficent, 22 Jump Street.  Interaction design and App development for companies such as LinkedIn, and Citrix.  Broadcast design work for companies such as FOX Sports, and ESPN.  Design, style frames, storyboards for clients such as American Express, Sideshow Collectibles. 

Motion Design does not only provide visual support for other products or services, it can also be the product itself.  In fact, some of our graduates have had their senior thesis chosen for international film festivals.
Prior to graduation, both Sophomore and Junior level students are expected to have an internship within the industry.  We have had internships at such top companies such as Imaginary Forces, Psyop, Prologue, The Mill, Hallmark, Showtime, Primal Screen, and many more.  Interns have already worked on projects such as commercials for Lexus, and Sprint, main film titles for “The Fifth Estate”, movie trailers for films such as White House Down, Branding and design for ESPN Fifa World Cup 2014, PSAs for Against Malaria Foundation, broadcast design branding for Showtime’s series “The Masters of Sex”, network promos for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.
Motion Design graduates are using their broad skill set as animators, compositors, interactive designers, title designers, visual effects artists, previz artists, experience designers, 3D modelers, storyboard artists, and concept artists.