2-D Animation Pre-College Summer Intensive

Program Description:

This course will approach animation as a mode of time-based storytelling, and as a means of foregrounding process in the context of traditional art practice. Students will use a range of digital tools to explore how the thoughtful compression of time can uncover multiple narratives in a single piece of footage. Photoshop’s Timeline palette will be used to process stop motion and hand drawn animations. The remainder of the class will explore Adobe Animate in traditional frame­ by ­frame and auto­tweened animations. Students will produce abstract and character driven works, developing a narrative from storyboard to animatic to final animation.

Lectures on the history of the moving image, tutorials on the given workflows, and frequent screening of animated shorts will help to establish a conceptual and working knowledge of the medium, whether it is pursued for a career in motion graphics, or as an added dimension to a visual arts practice. Twice a week, (Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm) the history and range of animation will be explored through thematic screenings. (From Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie,1928 to Tim Burton’s Vincent)


Michael Schuwerk was born in Chicago, Illinois. He holds an MFA from Hunter College in Integrated Media and a BA in History from the University of Chicago. His animations have screened nationally and internationally, including at 255 Canal, Gallatin Galleries and 3rd Ward (New York, NY), Champion Contemporary (Austin, TX), Director’s Lounge (Berlin, Germany) and Citta’al Muro (Trento, Italy). His works on paper have been exhibited at Space 776, Tompkins Projects, Zora and 92Y (New York, NY). In 2010, he attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Program Dates:

 Monday 7/10/17 to Thursday  7/27/17

Program Meeting Days and Time:

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00am-1:00pm 

Tuesday and Thursday,  9:00am-3:30pm, 1 hour lunch


Housing is not available to participants in this Pre-College Summer Intensive.

College Credit:

Students successfully completing this intensive will earn three (3) college credits for: 
ART 220, 2-D Animation.


Program Costs:

 Tuition:                                 $1,800

Payment Due Dates:

Deposit:                                 $500           Due on or before 6/15/17

Final Payment:                     $1,300       Due on or before 6/29/17

Refund Policy:

All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (

On or before 7/7/17:                               100% Refund

Between 7/7 and 7/9/17:                         75% Refund

Between 7/10 and 7/12/17:                     25% Refund

After 7/12/17:                                               0% Refund

Application Requirements:
  1. Marymount Pre-College Program Application Form.
  2. Marymount Pre-College Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.


Priority Application Date:

Applications are being processed as they are received. Enrollment and registration in any Pre-College Summer Intensive Program does not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan College.