Storyboarding For Animation

An 8-week course developing skills required for storyboarding and story development in animated features

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn to draw a captivating story

This is an introduction course where you will learn some techniques for visual storytelling. It will cover methods and exercises to help you generate ideas and learn tips and tricks used in story boarding. The assignments will help you build a starter portfolio for storyboarding and equip with the basics for creating your own stories.

Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (any), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Analytical Figure Drawing and Environment Sketching or Good Drawing Foundations with a stress on character and environment sketching

Storyboarding For Animation WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Creating a career path | Finding ideas and sources for stories | Developing quick gestural sketching habits and research | Demonstration of some quick sketch drawing tips
Working with single images to tell stories and do gag drawings | Thoughts and exercises for comedy
Covering script | Beat boards | Building a story reel | Basic movie structure analysis
Nuts and bolts for drawing story boards | Line quality, composition, value as they pertain to storyboarding
Breaking down script pages | Finding ways to have progression and punctuation in a sequence | Demonstration of how to board a scene
A useful overview of the program and the various tools used in the industry | Demonstration of some common feature animation story boarding techniques and ways to work faster
Storyboard theory odds and ends | Story telling approaches and visual tools
Finding and exploiting your strengths, and other things you can do to give yourself an advantage in finding work | Finalize boards and search for online job resources, optional assemble work and create an online portfolio

Igniting your imagination

Kevin Reed has worked on various television shows as a storyboard artist (The Tom and Jerry show, Niko and the Sword of Light). He is currently storyboarding for an animated feature film coming in 2020.


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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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