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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes 


In this course, students will gain knowledge of industry-standard techniques, terminology, and how to work in a professional production timeline.


We will focus primarily on the production of two-dimensional animation, exploring story-boarding, visual development, animation and post-production. The final assignment will be a group project, where each student adds their unique voice and style to create a single animation reel. You will leave this course with a demo reel and an animated short for your portfolio. This class is highly recommended for anyone who wants a better understanding of how to create animated films or hopes to enter the animation industry.

Each day we’ll view a variety of animations and behind the- scenes DVD extras, supplementing our education on the history of popular and underground animation. Hands-on lessons will begin with animating objects to mimic the laws of natural physics through principles like “squash and stretch,” and “anticipation.


The first week of the course will focus on building students’ understanding in the basic principles of animation, including using the interface and software, and creating a sense of time, weight in their animated object. The second week of the course will introduce story-boarding, with each student pitching their idea for the final collaborative project.

Topics that will be explored include using Adobe Animate and Adobe After Effects, story-boarding, animating facial expressions and gestures and human walk cycles.


Our 2020 application opens November 1, 2019.  Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.


Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Wal-Mart, M&M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other Fortune 500 companies. To view Anthony's work, visit