In-person registration is going on now.

Interested students should contact Erik Adigard with a few work samples ( right away to start the  approval process for registration.

This CCA/MICA collaborative program allows students from all disciplines to investigate key aspects of animation that relate to creativity, design, communications, and critical thinking.

Animation by Design

Instructors: Erik Adigard, Laurence Arcadias
July 11–August 11, 2014: Accommodations available to students @ Centre des Recollets
July 11-16: Preparatory research (may be done in Paris or elsewhere)
July 17-August 7: Course dates
August 8-11: Independent exploration of Paris (optional)


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

The course teaches 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.

Students 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 discover world-class museums, monuments, and urban areas that range from antiquity to 21st century experiments and meet exceptional Parisian talents.

The course includes the screening and review of relevant works. Although interdisciplinary in nature, this course attempts to nurture each student within their own interest and specialty -- graphic design, interaction design, animation, architecture, photography, illustration, etc.

As such, the course helps 5D, 4D, 3D, and 2D designers understand how time can reveal the essence of structures, representations, patterns, and behaviors. Within this intensive workshop, all participants are invited to freely explore, experiment, debate, collaborate, and above all to reflect on their practice.

View images of last year's program participants and projects »

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. Recollets has a very affordable on-site restaurant, Café A. Program participants receive a 20 percent discount card for the café as well as invitations to all Recollets events.

Students may move into the accommodations at Recollets on July 11 and stay until August 11. The accommodations are shared lofts with a bed on each level. Each loft includes WiFi, bathroom, kitchen, linens, and weekly cleanings.

About the Team

Erik Adigard’s father was a journalist and diplomat. As a result, Adigard’s formative years were spent mostly in Africa and then in Paris. After semiotic classes in Paris, he moved to Montpellier to study literature and attend the Beaux Arts. There, he was enlisted by UC Berkeley officials, who then said, "Oops, this guy belongs with CCA, not us," and that’s where his new life began.

It was the shock of the move that really opened all the doors for Adigard, and this is what he tries to bring to his Paris workshop.

Adigard’s Berkeley studio M-A-D has produced a wide range of visual essays, experience designs, brand identities, videos, animations, and media installations for ˆ, IBM, and Biennales in the US and Europe.

He recently codesigned the SpontaneousInterventions exhibition that launched at the Venice Architecture Biennale and earned a Special Mention.

Adigard is currently designing the user interface and animations for a tablet conceived by IDEO.

His creations have been shown in galleries, museums, film festivals, and publications worldwide, and have won numerous awards from American Institute of Graphic Arts, Communication Arts, and Print magazine, and have been included in the permanent collections of SFMOMA and the Smithsonian.

Adigard is a recipient of the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the Rome Prize. As a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, he maintains a network of well-known designers and cultural personalities in Paris.

Adigard contributes design essays to Etapes magazine and other European publications, and he is currently developing a design exhibit for the Pompidou Center.

Learn more about Erik Adigard »

Laurence Arcadias is a world-class animator who has won numerous awards for her experimental work. She has taught extensively in the US and in Europe and is currently chair of the animation department at Maryland Institute College of Art & Design (MICA).

Her experience includes three years at the Apple Research Lab and collaborations with Brenda Laurel at Purple Moon.

Arcadias brings full mastery of traditional animation techniques as well as practical knowledge of Flash and AfterEffects.

Learn more about Laurence Arcadias »


Undergraduates: Completion of at least sophomore level by summer 2014 and instructor approval. For Advanced Design Studio credit, Graphic Design majors must have completed level 3 co-reqs (Graphic Design 3 and Typography 3)

Graduates: Instructor approval

In addition all students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2013–14 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates this course satisfies a Studio Elective, an Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio, or Advanced Design Studio.
For graduates this course satisfies a gradwide elective.

Program Fee

$4,700 + $50 registration fee

Included in program fee:
3 units, housing, guest critics, museum entrance fees, local transportation, and travel/health insurance

Not included in program fee:
Airfare to and from Paris, most meals

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