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The Art and History of Disney Animation

Explore the artistic development of animation from the 1900s-today through the Walt Disney Studios!
Molly McGill, M.A.
741 total reviews for this teacher
31 reviews for this class
Completed by 121 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the development of animation from its inceptions as an artform through to the present and be able to discuss the history of animation as a whole and at the Disney studios. Students will be able to discuss key technologies behind animation, how animation started, what significant advancements Disney made in animation, and the history of the Disney studios. 
I have my MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focused on animation and its interactions with art history for my master's thesis. I have taught a version of this course twice at the collegiate level for undergraduate students. This is a very unique course, in that it is not something traditionally covered by either art or film. Therefore, I offer a very different perspective on the development of art in the twentieth century through animation. 
Students will be assigned small weekly assignments that, generally, ask them to view a handful of shorts in preparation for the following class and take a few notes on what they see.
It is highly recommended that students have access to a Disney+ account, as many of the shorts and films we are discussing and watching are available there.
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Students are evaluated through class participation and engagement with weekly assignments. Grading available upon request.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be discussing World War II and the Nazis during Week 5. 


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
741 total reviews
665 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
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