Take your drawing and illustration skills from paper to digital, understanding the principles of life-drawing (utilizing clothed digital poses and anatomy), perspective (1, 2 and 3-point) and composition. Understand how to design backgrounds and characters that work well when animated. Develop the art of storytelling by thinking sequentially to create storyboards. Apply industry-standard techniques in Adobe Photoshop, including layering, adjusting and masking, using a drawing tablet throughout. Gain an insight into the job opportunities in the animation industry and develop your critical thinking. The essential first step for any budding animator or illustrator.
By the end of this course:
Graduate with character designs, background designs, a detailed storyboard sequence and life drawing examples, all professionally presented in your digital sketchbook.
Throughout this course:
Deep dive into the following areas of Drawing & Design, as meticulously planned by our expert industry professional curriculum designers:
- Installing & Using a Graphics Tablet
- Photoshop Basics
- Custom Brushes
- Drawing in Photoshop
- Coloring Line Art
- Custom Templates
- Layering & Masks
- Character Design
- Set Design
- Concept Art Design
- Animated GIFs
This course forms part of Digital Media Academy’s Tech Accelerator program, our year-round, online, sequential learning journey for 13-18-year-olds. Tech Accelerators fuse expert instruction with real-world partnerships to get you university- and industry-ready. Over 8 Levels, you’ll curate a portfolio of Real-world Client Briefs from our leading tech and creative partners, attend Industry Masterclasses, get one-to-one Pro Mentor support and build a Career Network. Tech Accelerators: Fuel your 21st-century career.
- Laptop or desktop computer running Windows or macOS that meets the minimum specifications of the hardware and software listed below.
- Built-in or external microphone
- Built-in or external speakers or headphones
- Google Chrome browser
- Additional computer screen/monitor (recommended)
- Digital tablet and pen (recommended: Wacom Intuos)
N.B. Download and install Adobe software for free. You will receive a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud license from Digital Media Academy to activate the software for the duration of the course.
- Medium-sized sketchbook
- Pencils and pens
Join us on the beautiful campus of The University of British Columbia for an immersive on-campus learning experience. Outside of your course-specific lesson times, you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and gain a better understanding of life after high school.