Motion Design & Animation

Motion Design & Animation


2D Animation

Plan of Study: 2019-20 Plan of Study
*Note: The 2D Animation concentration has been renamed “Motion Design and Animation” in order to more accurately reflect the dynamic, evolving, and diverse nature of both the industry and our concentration’s curriculum.


Motion Design and Animation combines design, 2D/3D animation, and video to create content for marketing, communications, entertainment, education, and more. Motion can clarify and enrich our understanding of stories, messages, and experiences, as well as deliver impact to advertising, social media, tv, video, film, sports, and educational media. As screens continue to proliferate, motion is becoming an important part of our everyday experiences in UI/UX, architecture, live performance, wearables, and emerging platforms like AR and VR. Motion artists are in demand because they are skilled in conceptual thinking, problem solving, and content creation.

The mission of the Motion Design and Animation concentration is to educate students in the conceptual and technical aspects of time-based storytelling and to prepare students for careers using 2D/3D animation, design, and video in the context of the arts, entertainment, marketing, communications, education, advertising, scientific visualization, and more. Motion can clarify and enrich our understanding of stories, messages, and experiences, as well as deliver impact to advertising, social media, tv, video, film, sports, and educational media.

UConn Storrs Motion Design and Animation students benefit from the resources of a large research institution and engage in innovative interdisciplinary projects involving cross-campus collaborations. Students have the opportunity to participate in initiatives like AntU, which brings together Digital Media and Design, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History. Throughout their DMD coursework, UConn Storrs students are able to work with faculty and peers across the School of Fine Arts, as well as in science, engineering, business, and humanities departments. UConn Storrs students have obtained jobs and paid internships at Adobe, CBS 2 News, and NBC Sports Group, as well as at smaller animation and design studios like Alessandro Weber Design, DW Advertising, milk*, Fusion 360, and XVIVO | Scientific Animation.

UConn Stamford is ideally located on the Metro North New Haven line to access internships and employment opportunities along the Southern CT coast, Fairfield county and the greater New York region. UConn Stamford students have interned at creative agencies, design and production studios and major entertainment companies like NBC Universal, Viacom and WWE. In addition to these professional opportunities, UConn Stamford students also engage in academic research projects in an interdisciplinary environment.

Student Preparation
Our BFA concentration is anchored by a foundation year of design, image making, drawing, critical thinking and story development. After a required set of core Motion courses in 2D and 3D, as well as Video, students can personalize their path by choosing from our many Motion electives.

Our courses are project-based from the start. Students begin every process with ideation and design, exploring the broad possibilities of creative approaches and their communicative effects before narrowing in on a unique direction and revising work based on feedback. Motion students apply their skills and creativity in capstone experiences working with clients in Agency, and in the development and execution of a Senior Project.
UConn Motion Design & Animation graduates have obtained employment in agencies, studios and companies, often within six months of degree completion. Careers in Motion Media include:
  • Motion Designer
  • 3D Designer/Animator
  • Social Media Content Producer
  • Art Director
  • Compositor/Visual Effects Artist
  • Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
Many Motion Design & Animation students are also active in:
UCTV (University of Connecticut’s Student-Led Media Organization)
UConn Film Club (Founded by DMD students)
Nutmeg Publishing (Yearbook and Student-life Magazine. Magazine founded by DMD students)
WHUS (radio station and multimedia production studio)
1UPL (Stamford Student Publication)
Facilities and Equipment
A vast array of professional, high-end film and audio equipment is available for student checkout through the Imagination Station at the Storrs Campus and the Splash Pad at the Stamford Campus. Students work with emerging technology, including touch-interactive screens, video walls, projection mapping, and VR equipment, through coursework and engagement in creative research projects. Students at the Storrs campus also have access to a film production studio, audio recording studio, motion capture studio, and Cintiq Lab.


Motion Graphics I

DMD 2200

Introduction to creating visual effects and animated graphics.

Motion Graphics II

DMD 3200

Designed for digital animators and filmmaker to develop advanced skills using a combination of techniques and effects; including green screen, 2D particle systems, mattes, rotoscoping, sound sync and 2D character animation.

History of Animation

DMD 3205

A history of animation from the late 19th – century through contemporary and emerging digital technologies.

Experimental & Alternative Techniques

DMD 3210

An exploration of non-traditional techniques and mediums for creating motion graphics and animation.

Animating Science

DMD 3240

A project-based exploration of animated scientific visualizations and digital artworks inspired by science.

Advanced Motion Media

DMD 4200

Advanced exploration of motion media topics, including large-scale, collaborative, and interdisciplinary projects, and investigations in emerging motion media technologies.