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Adobe After Effects and Animation - Intermediate Online Short Course

Course description

This course has beendesigned for video artists, filmmakers, graphic designers and graphics professionals who want to bring their creative vision to life using Adobe After Effects

This course contains a series of engaging tutor demonstrations and practical exercises that give you the chance to apply your learning to live projects that will further your working knowledge of this program.

This course contains a series of engaging tutor demonstrations and practical exercises that give you the chance to apply your learning to live projects that will further your working knowledge of this program.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Control animation values and speed with the Graph Editor
  • Create and animate design elements with Shape layers
  • Generate backgrounds and animate strokes with effects
  • Understand 3D, Camera and Lights
  • Position layers in 3D space and animate cameras
  • Animate type and create Animation Presets
  • Use solids to create animation
  • Optimise Preferences
  • Render and export an After Effects project into difference video formats

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your C

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Shape layers and operators
  • The Graph Editor
  • Text animators and effects
  • Alpha Channels
  • Track mattes
  • Animation with solids and effects
  • Animation principles applied to motion graphics
  • 3D, Cameras, Lights
  • Audio in After Effects
  • Timeline tips and tricks
  • Preferences and key settings
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Rendering and exporting


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please bring for the first session:

  • notebook and pen
Meet the Tutor:

Take your skills to the next level and join our Adobe After Effects and Animation - Intermediate Short Course. Learn how to render your short film and create 3d layers and text effects to bring your creative ideas to life.

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