After Effects Online


This class will no longer be offered after Spring 2018.

Adobe After Effects is the industry leading motion graphics program used in every field of film and television production. Learn to create animated screen graphics that will make any video stand out from the field. Opening and closing credits, lower thirds and animation techniques are among the skills covered in the course. Create compelling motion graphics with Adobe After Effects to that can be used with video content and in presentations and electronic publications. It is recommended that participants have taken the Adobe Premiere course prior to enrolling in After Effects or have video editing experience.

Online Module 1: Animation Basics

  • Introduction to the interface and motion graphics
  • Creating new projects and compositions
  • Understanding project properties
  • Animation and key framing
  • Exporting videos and Adobe dynamic linking
Online Module 2: Working with Industry-Standard Design and Techniques
  • Creating lower thirds and opening slates
  • Using text animations to create quick and effective looks for your type
  • Effects and how to animate their properties
  • Working with still images and creating slideshows
  • Using pre-compositions to save time and expand creativity
Online Module 3: Color Correcting Files and Working with Track Mattes
  • Working with movie clips and animating their properties
  • Alpha and Luma track mattes
  • The power of blending modes
  • Essential color-correcting tools
Online Module 4: Designing 3-D Animations and Working with Camera Tracking
  • Selecting parts of clips with the roto brush
  • Introduction to working in 3-D
  • Using null objects to control a camera
  • Working with 3-D light sources
  • Creating 3-D camera tracking for text

Course Structure
Extended Studies graphics courses are offered fully online in four weekly modules to be completed during the week they are offered. Each course lasts four weeks and students will spend approximately four hours per week engaged in the course. Videos and class assignments that synthesize course content will be the primary learning tools. The structure of the program enables students to receive personal feedback on their work from the instructor and allows students to interact with the instructor and other students via online discussions.

Each weekly course module begins on Tuesday. Previous work can be accessed and viewed anytime, but assignments must be submitted for the week prior to the beginning of the next weekly course module. While course material will be available for continued reference up to four weeks after the class ends, assignments must be turned in by the scheduled course end date in order to meet the requirements for earning a certificate of completion.

Participation Requirements
Participation in the course requires high-speed Internet access, the application installed on your computer, an email address, and headphones or speakers and a web camera if you wish to participate in any optional scheduled web meetings. Courses are taught using the latest version of Adobe’s software, currently version CC, but older version “work-arounds” are also demonstrated for those not using the latest versions.

Certificate Requirements
Certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course to participants who participate in all course modules and complete all required assignments by the course end date. Advanced courses require a working knowledge of software applications prior to enrollment.

See the Graphics Professional Series overview for links to more courses of interest to beginning and experienced graphic artists, web designers, photographers and students.

No sections of this course are currently being offered.