Curriculum

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Design in Motion Design program consists of 120 credit hours, including:

  • 72 Major credit hours (including 3 internship credit hours)
  • 39 Loyola Core credit hours
  • 9 Focus and/or Elective credit hours

Major Courses

DSGN M202: Introduction to Design (3 crs.)

The introduction to design course introduces students to the discipline of design. The course focuses on how to see the world differently and the importance of process. Students learn to use primary design tools, both digital and physical. The course also gives students a grounding in design principles and concepts. Students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop, and the differences between each program. Introduction to typography, image making, and critique are also part of this course.

DSGN MXXX: Storyboards and Style Frames/Concepting for Motion Design (3 crs.)

Motion Design includes a process that involves many steps, the foundation of which occurs long before animation begins. Storyboards and style frames are how designers, art directors, and clients collaborate in the process of developing the concept and execution for the final product. In order to determine a look and feel for a motion project, designers create style frames. Style frames are still images that illustrate the aesthetic of a project and are presented to a client, so that they may make changes to the aesthetic before the design goes to motion. Storyboards are rough sketches that indicate a plan for how events will unfold, cinematography, and transitions. It is imperative for students studying Motion Design to be fluent in the languages of process and development in order to create their own motion projects.

DSGN M326: Motion Design Narrative 1: After Effects Fundamentals/Graphic Storytelling (3 crs.)

In order to produce motion graphics and work in the field of design, marketing, advertising, film/post production, journalism, and other related fields, it is necessary to have some familiarity, if not expertise, with using Adobe’s After Effects. After Effects is the keystone software used by motion graphics designers to create vector-based animations, stylize video, execute low-level compositing, generate animation for commercial and social media, and create title designs. Much of the field of Motion Graphics is centered around graphic storytelling in which simple graphic elements are used to tell complex stories. An education in motion graphics gives students an education in how to employ semiotics to deliver efficient and thoughtful, short-format graphics.

DSGN M376: Motion Design Narrative 2: Typography in Motion (3 crs.)

Animated typography spans all branches of the broad umbrella of motion design; essential for creating title sequences, commercials, documentaries, infographics, and digital journalism. In developing typography skills, students expand their understanding of semiotics, hierarchy, and how those elements are important to the fundamentals of Motion Graphics. Additionally, this course teaches animation and design techniques specific to typography in motion. With the increase in social media over broadcast as the platform for media campaigns, typography design/animation has become a crucial skill for motion designers.

DSGN MXXX: Motion Design Narrative 3: Motion for Live Action (3 crs.)

Motion Design overlaps with certain aspects of visual effects for video, including compositing, color correction, motion tracking, green screen keying, and matte painting. Motion Designers who are equipped with these skills are able to take on a wider variety of projects and support the film and video industries. Students will learn how to manage video files in After Effects and incorporate it into the graphic work. The techniques in this course are also relevant to film students who have taken Motion 1 and wish to advance their post-production skills.

DSGN MXXX: Motion Design Narrative 4 /Motion for Branding and Advertising (3 crs.)

Branding and advertising require the involvement of motion graphics at every level to engage audiences and promote products. Motion and design for ad campaigns demand strategy and group problem-solving. In addition to learning how to design and animate for logos, bumpers, branding, and social media campaigns, students conduct research on demographics and design, then execute a campaign for a network/product/team/event. This course will prepare students for working as commercial professionals in the world of design.

DSGN MXXX: Three Dimensional Thinking – Spatial Animation (3 crs.)

Increasingly, Motion Designers are required to incorporate three-dimensional thinking and assets into their workflow and final products. This course will address how to deal with 3D elements conceptually and technically. Much of the course will focus on 3Dl text, while teaching students how to generate 3D lights, cameras, and environments that resemble the real world. It is necessary for all motion designers to have some familiarity with 3D assets and software. This course will ensure that Motion Design students who graduate from Loyola are well equipped to enter the workforce and to teach themselves more sophisticated elements of 3D animation as needed in their careers.

DSGN M475: Motion Portfolio and Professional Design Practice (3 crs.)

Students will learn to design their own personal branding, edit a reel of their motion work, and develop a portfolio with which they can apply for professional positions in a creative field. Students will present a collection of their motion and design pieces, and receive notes from the class and the professor. There will be time devoted to improving older motion pieces in order to create a stronger portfolio. Students will also create a website that showcases their work. Websites can be template based, but incorporate the student’s logo and branding that they will develop during the course.

DSGN M200: Design Lecture Forum (0 crs.)

Design forum is a gathering of all students and faculty in design. This monthly meeting will present a guest speaker from the design community: locally, nationally, or internationally. Students can view these online.

DSGN M271: Design History 1 (3 crs.)

This introductory course will discuss design history from the beginning of written communication through the industrial revolution and WWI. Although the focus will be on the study of visual communications in their historical contexts, the course will also include architecture, industrial, and environmental design. Design discourse will be introduced through historical writings and critical analysis. Students will also participate in discussion by writing critical texts that respond to course material.

DSGN M272: Design History 2 (3 crs.)

This advanced course is a continuation of Design History I and will cover the history of design from WWII to the present. Although the focus will be on the study of visual communications in their historical contexts, other forms of design will be examined. Design discourse will focus on contemporary issues. Students will participate in discussions of critical texts and will be asked to write design criticism that incorporates a social and historical perspective. After completion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of how designers have shaped society.
Prerequisite: DSGN M271

DSGN M275: Print Design + Narrative (3 crs.)

Students are introduced to print narrative through typography and image making. Principles of composition: scale, weight, space, texture, direction, form, color will be introduced. Other basic design foundations including color, grid, methodology, craftsmanship, and tools for creating print design will be explored. This course expands the concept of narrative by examining multiple printed formats such as posters, booklets, postcards, and zines.
Co-rerequisite: DSGN M278

DSGN M278: Typography Lab 1 (3 crs.)

Students are introduced to typography through a series of Swiss-style exercises focused on spacing (kerning, leading, tracking) and grids (creating and manipulating.) Other basic elements of typography, including classifications and history will be introduced. This course requires an intense focus on typography, structure, consistency, and hierarchy. Only a limited number of time-tested typefaces will be explored and no imagery will be allowed. Students will learn to make meaning visible through typographic choices and critical reading of texts.
Co-rerequisite: DSGN M275

DSGN M279: Typography Lab 2 (3 crs.)

This is an advanced course in typography that will explore complex typographic problems. Building on the fundamentals of typographic form and function introduced in Typography Lab I, this course extends and applies basic vocabulary and understanding to more complex problems that address typographic hierarchy, context, sequence, and form. Students explore how typography behaves across media. Increasingly complex typographic systems are implemented in three-dimensional, sequential page, or time-based projects.
Co-rerequisite: DSGN M276

DSGN M476: Business of Design: Ethics and Contracts (3 crs.)

This course is taught by a professional designer and includes speakers from the professional community. This lecture course will cover topics from the world of professional design, from freelance to studios to agencies. Current information on job listings and pricing will be discussed. This course will also address legal issues, such as how copyright laws affect the income and work of graphic designers and sample contracts for freelance projects. This class will inform students on the business side of design and will prepare them for the world of work. In this course students will create a portfolio website and supporting print materials for freelance work.
Prerequisite: DSGN M377

DSGN M485: Design Internship (3crs.)

This course provides students with the opportunity and responsibility to work in various companies within the design industries during their studies at Loyola University New Orleans Department of Art and Design. Internships are considered “extended classrooms” and are essential to the understanding of how the theory of the classroom is applied to the practices in the design world. Internships may be local, national, or international. Internships are encouraged in the last two years of design study. Students must take an internship under a professional designer – they can do their internship at their current employer (if approved) if the person who will act as the preceptor is a professional designer. Internship participants will discuss professional documents, expected experiences, portfolios, and past experiences of internships.  Students must work for 120 hours to receive a grade.
Prerequisite: DSGN M276

ARTH O160: Introduction to Art History I (3 crs.)

Creative Arts & Cultures

This course is an introduction to the history of (primarily) Western art from prehistory through the Late Medieval period in Europe and the Mediterranean. Organized chronologically, it nevertheless takes a thematic approach to the production of material culture over time, focusing attention on such decisive factors as power, gender, patronage, iconography, etc. Always concerned with context as well as questions of form or style, readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments highlight the various social, political, and religious functions of art within Western cultures, while also examining specific techniques and practices developed and deployed by artists.
Required of all art and design majors.

ARTH O162: Introduction to Art History II (3 crs.)

Creative Arts & Cultures

This course is designed to follow ARTH O160 Intro to Art History I and provides an introduction to the history of Western art from the Early Renaissance period to the modern period. Organized chronologically, it nevertheless takes a thematic approach to the production of material culture over time, focusing attention on such decisive factors as power, gender, patronage, iconography, etc. Always concerned with context as well as questions of form or style, readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments highlight the various social, political, and religious functions of art within Western cultures, while also examining specific techniques and practices developed and deployed by artists.
Required of all art and design majors.

DSGN M476: Motion Design Capstone (3 crs.)

In this course, students will work to prepare for a life outside of school. Students will strive to:

  • Create work that sets them on a path toward the kind of design they want to pursue.
  • Create work that empowers future projects outside of the job world.
  • Cultivate investigation, curiosity, momentum, and productive creative habits.
  • Seek out new reference points and precedents for your design interests.

These goals will be achieved largely through the creation of a capstone project of a significant scale. This project should demonstrate depth of thought, technical prowess, aesthetic sensitivity, commitment to design processes, and more.

DSGN M220: Illustration Design (3 crs.)

Students are introduced to tools and methods for illustrating for digital media and with digital tools. Digital illustration builds on students’ knowledge of graphic design principles such as scale, weight, space, texture, direction, form, and color. The course introduces and highlights techniques in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, and uses digital drawing tools such as drawing tablets, procedural graphics, and more. Students will use digital tools to create, manipulate, and find applications for image-making design work for multiple avenues.

DSGN 210 Design Photography (3 crs.)

This course provides an introduction to the technical and creative aspects of digital photography as it relates to Design. Topics covered in this course range from the creation of imagery as works of art to the documentation of work in a studio setting. Some of the tools and techniques covered in this course include lighting, Photoshop, image manipulation, printing, digital distribution, and display. Students will experiment with digital photography & other digital imaging devices and begin integrating them into their practice. Students will develop fundamental skills for editing, printing, distributing, and displaying digital imagery, as well as an understanding of photography as a creative endeavor and method for documentation.

DSGN-MXXX Design Research (3 crs.)

The description for this course will be available soon.

Loyola Core Courses (39 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola and include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following 9 categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History Sequence (2 courses for 6 total credit hours)
  • Natural Science in Context
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions
  • Social Science
  • Writing About Literature

Major Substitution: One of the courses in the Loyola Core will be satisfied in each undergraduate major. This is usually the introductory course for each major. The result is the total hours to complete the Loyola Core are reduced to between 39 and 41 credit hours (depending on lab requirements associated with Math and Science courses).

General Elective Courses (9 credits)

The online Bachelor of Design in Motion Design program requires 9 credits of Focus and/or general electives. There is a wide range of online general elective courses to choose from in other departments, including:

  • Classical Studies
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Economics
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology