Animation By Design 2014

PARIS: July 17 to August 07* / Instructors: Erik Adigard & Laurence Arcadias

Big cities naturally tend toward entropy, but great cities adapt through great design. Urban culture is all that happens between these two notions. It is what we will explore in one of the world’s most beautiful yet complex cities.

ANIMATION BY DESIGN, PARIS 2014 is a three weeks* CCA/MICA collaborative course that will allow students from all disciplines to investigate key aspects of animation that relate to creativity, design, communications and critical thinking.

*Accommodations run from July 11 till August 11. This early arrival has been planned to allow participants to enjoy Bastille Day as well as to prepare for the workshop by doing pre-explorations. This initial research can also be done on the internet for those who cannot arrive before the 17th. We will send relevant lists and tips sometimes in June. In the period before or after the workshop or in the weekends, students can easily visit other European capitals such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, etc.

This course will teach the basics of animation and time-based media with tools ranging from hand drawings to stop-motion, gif animation, Flash, AfterEffects, motion graphics and other techniques.

While exploring Paris, the program will challenge students to combine thorough observation and analytical thinking, with creative techniques to represent specific aspects of urban motion.

Students will improve their creative skills by learning to better:
– master the growing convergence of iconography and motion
– explore, analyze and understand how spaces, temporalities and creative disciplines all relate to each other.
– promote critical thinking and abilities to express point of views
– harness the huge publishing potential of time based media and devices such as mobile media and rich media platforms

Students will discover world class museums, monuments and urban areas that range from antiquity to 21st century experiments and they will meet exceptional Parisian talents. The course will include the screening and review of relevant works. This course is interdisciplinary, yet it will attempt to nurture each student within their own interest and specialty—graphic design, interaction design, animation, architecture, photography, illustration, etc. As such, the course will help 5D, 4D, 3D and 2D designers to understand how time can reveal the essence of structures, representations, patterns and behaviors. Along this intensive workshop, we will invite all participants to freely explore, experiment, debate, collaborate and above all to reflect on their practice.

All transportations and museum visits in Paris done by students will be reimbursed.

To be brought by students:

– Laptop and smartphone, digital camera, Ipad, note pad, pencil, scissors, and/or tools of choice
– Editing tool(s) of choice from CreativeSuite (Photoshop, Flash, After effects and/or Premiere), Final Cut Pro or other
– Comfortable walking shoes




The 17th century Cloitre des Recollets, is a former monastery and now an exclusive international research center for artists, designers, architects and scientists. The Center is located in the heart of Paris between the bustling Gare de l’Est and the hip Canal St. Martin neighborhood. The Recollets includes the hip yet very affordable restaurant Café A. Students will receive a 20% discount card for the café as well as invitations to all Recollets events. Accommodations are  in shared lofts with a bed on each level. Each loft includes wifi, bathroom, kitchen, linens and weekly cleanings.


CCA students can find »more information and forms here
MICA students can find »more information and forms here

» Previous Participants and student advisors 

Animation By Design 2013

Animation By Design 2012