Introduction to Motion Graphics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 263

       Course Name: Introduction to Motion Graphics

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores methods used in professional video and film production and post-production. Content includes storyboard, structure, and production of short video piece. Integration of computer-generated material, such as 2D and 3D graphics, typography and animation will be edited together with photography and video. Focus is on software manipulation, including special effect techniques such as compositing and rotoscoping. Practical considerations of graphic format, resolution, color and saturation limitation are explored. Key peripherals explained in context of real world production situations. Adobe AfterEffects used as the main software.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the basic concepts and terms used in computer graphics and video.
  2. Explain how video productions are created.
  3. Design and produce video and graphics.
  4. Explain the limitations of video and multimedia.
  5. Create and render video productions.
  6. Operate the hardware involved in computer graphics and video production and implement hardware in multimedia.
  7. Use post-production techniques on a video.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Types of Still Images
    1. Bitmaps
    2. Vector
    3. 3D drawing and rendering
  2. Color
    1. Natural light
    2. Color palettes
  3. Image File Formats
  4. Video Clips
  5. Broadcast Video Standards
    1. NTSC
    2. PAL
    3. SECAM
    4. HDTV
  6. Computers and Video
    1. Overlay system
    2. Digital and analog
    3. Text and titles
    4. Peripherals
  7. Recording Formats
    1. S-VHS
    2. YUV
    3. Component Digital and Composite Digital
    4. Video hardware issues
    5. Editing
  8. Lighting and Shooting
    1. Blue screen
    2. Chroma and composition
  9. Video Compression
    1. JPEG
    2. MPEG
    3. DVI Indeo
    4. Optimizing for CDROM
  10. Assembling and Creating Movies
    1. Video terminology
    2. Clips
    3. Transitions
    4. Time units
    5. Compiling
    6. Filters
      1. Tint filters
      2. Brightness and contrast
      3. Razor tool
      4. Changing filters
    7. Superimposed clips
      1. White alpha matte
      2. Green screen type
    8. Advanced Editing
      1. Place markers
      2. Virtual clips
      3. Trimming
  11. Capturing and Recording
    1. Recording options
    2. Batch capturing and device control
    3. Video tape

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures, slide presentations and computer work in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in all classes and labs.
  2. Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
  3. Complete assigned exercises and print work.
  4. Final Exam.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Flash drive or portable hard drive
  2. Blank CD-Rs

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:

  1. Quizzes         25%
  2. Critiques        25%
  3. Final Exam    25%
  4. Final Critique 25%
Multiple choice quizzes will be administered at the first three critiques. Critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feedback on the work presented. There will be four critiques including the final.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.