Explainer Camp

Topic: Client Relationships, Explainer Video
Skill Level: Advanced
Type: 12 Week Intensive 

About This Course

In this fast paced 12 week course you'll learn to master one of the staples of the MoGraph Industry, the Explainer Video, AKA a visual essay. This course covers every aspect of tackling a MoGraph project by yourself. You'll learn about creating bids and project schedules, coming up with concepts, doing pre-production, animatics, design and art direction, and finally putting it all together into a polished Motion Graphics piece. At the end of this course you'll have a piece that's created entirely by you and ready for your portfolio.


This course brings you from Script to Final Render of a motion design project and assumes that you have a strong foundation in animation and design skills, and a very strong grasp on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects. If you do not meet this criteria, we strongly suggest that you take Animation Bootcamp and Design Bootcamp before enrolling in Explainer Camp. Although it is not required, taking Advanced Motion Methods may be beneficial before taking this course

Schedule and Course Length 

12 Weeks of Explainer Camp
Week 1: Orientation week
Weeks 2 - 3: Lessons and Assignments
Week 4: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Weeks 5 - 6: Lessons and Assignments
Week 7: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Weeks 8 - 9: Lessons and Assignments
Weeks 10 - 12: Extended critique 

Instructor - Jake Bartlett 

Jake Bartlett is a motion designer and online instructor based in Denver Colorado. After working at a production company in Los Angeles for nearly five years he decided to quit his day job to pursue the freelancer’s life and teaching animation online. His creativity runs on coffee, lego bricks and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Throughout his career he’s had the opportunity to work for clients like Coca-Cola, Twitter, Skype, Evernote, HGTV, NatGeo Wild and Norah Jones. When he’s not working Jake enjoys going to parks with his family and longboarding with his Dalmatian, Pixel.

Course Format 

Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work in our proprietary critique portal. Our TA's are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills. During the course you will be invited to a private Facebook group that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests! 


  • 15-20 hours per week 
  • 10 assignments (typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day) 

Required Software 

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 (18.1.1 or Higher) Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1 (21.1.0 or Higher) Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (14.2.1 or Higher) 


$897 or 3 Payments of $314 ($942 total) Click here to view the next open enrollment. 

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