Review: Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed by School of Motion

Motion design is an incredible field, but one which requires a lot of preparation and the right guidance from a capable mentor for those who enter it. In this regard, investing in the School of Motion’s Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed course is a wise decision. The downside, however, is the relatively steep price.

At 697 USD (or in two installments of 370 USD) the course is not cheap. Furthermore, students may have to review the course content twice to acquire a functioning understanding of Illustrator and Photoshop. This is because the content is quite dense. It is advisable for prospective students to save for this separately, given that many of people taking online courses hold down other full-time or part-time jobs.

Secondly, this course might startle students or aspiring creatives who are not used to practicing with complex briefs. While this complements the density of the course, it can be a challenge to immediately adapt to. Take some time to read the brief carefully and break it up into smaller, manageable parts. Some of the critiques provided by the course Teaching Assistants (T.A’s) can be pretty strong, so be sure not to take anything personally.

The benefit of taking the course is considerable, but I’ll outline the three things that I found the most helpful. The first is that students at the School of Motion have lifetime access to their courses, including any updates the instructor makes. This means that a student can review the material at any point during their career – something I would strongly recommend doing.

The second benefit of taking this course is that one has access to an incredible instructor (Jake Bartlett) as well as at least two Teaching Assistants who critique the work one submits immediately. The important thing to remember is that you should submit assignments on time and try and complete as many of them as possible. Full disclosure: I did not complete all the assignments and therefore couldn’t benefit from Extended Critique week, which is why I suggest that other creatives do.

The third benefit is that the videos are very detailed, and can teach you a lot once you become accustomed to the density of the lesson. Additionally, students have access to Extended Critique – a week during which they can catch up on all the assignments they missed and receive feedback from the T.A’s. This is something unique to School of Motion courses and is something that all participating creatives should take full advantage of.

To summarize, Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed is an expensive, but worthwhile investment of time and money.

Photo by Simon Zhu on Unsplash