After Effects I

Motion design, or motion graphics, is the animation of layered design and text elements, often with video and audio elements. Adobe After Effects, the industry-standard software for 2D animation and visual effects, is used to create motion graphics for broadcast, film, video, and social media marketing. In this course, master the essentials of designing and creating motion graphics projects from the ground up: working with layers and layer mattes, creating keyframe-based animations, importing video and layered Photoshop and Illustrator files, animating logos and text, creating shape morphs, applying effects, and working in 3D space. Learn how to export videos to formats from GIF to MP4 and QuickTime videos for Facebook, Instagram, websites, and Snapchat. Get hands-on practice through in-class exercises, detailed handouts, video lessons, and homework assignments. Quickly get comfortable with After Effects and its myriad capabilities for creating and enhancing digital video. Working knowledge of one or more of the following is required: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or any nonlinear video editing program (AVID, Final Cut Pro, or Premiere Pro). Recommended: Basic graphic design skills and/or drawing skills.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the Adobe After Effects environment and project setup
  • Knowledge of animation, animated effects, and motion design
  • Experience working with sequential media
  • Three to five completed motion design projects that you create in the course
  • The ability to design and animate short motion graphics projects with sound, from concept to completion

Ideal for

  • Graphic designers who wish to animate their static motion designs, beyond the capabilities of Photoshop
  • Illustrators who seek to make their illustrations come to life through movement
  • Video editors looking to add motion design to their skill set
  • Anyone interested in learning to create motion graphics and visual effects for TV, film, or social media
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.