Course Description

This intensive class will focus on all aspects of story, as it relates to animation and filmmaking. Students will get a real immersion into the process of how stories are generated and developed at the studio level. We will cover all aspects of storytelling, including: how to pick a concept that lends itself well to animation/filmmaking; how to develop that idea, both visually, and from a screenwriting standpoint; and how to create believable and interesting characters.

The course will delve into many of the basics of storyboarding, such as staging, cutting and continuity. Students will also learn about the different types of storyboarding, and what their functions and considerations are. Many examples of professional concept drawings, storyboards, and story reels will be brought in for review and discussion. We will also spend time going over how to pitch and present your ideas effectively, using techniques that are taught at the studios.


  • This course is available to students who have been accepted into the Summer Animation Residency only. If selected to participate in the Residency you will enroll in all three courses.
  • Open to artists age 18 and up. 

Applies To The Following Residencies


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Section Title
Story I
On Campus
T, Th
6:30PM to 9:30PM
May 28, 2019 to Jun 27, 2019
Schedule and Location
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (2 units) $1,800.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
2 units