Adobe After Effects Motion Graphics Certificate Program

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

In this Certificate Program you will learn to master Adobe After Effects CC and create visually stunning motion graphics. We'll cover animation, masking, compositing, and effects. Add depth to your work as we cover After Effect's 3D capabilities as well as many other tools and techniques packed into the powerful program.

Program Description

Motion graphics can encompass a wide variety of skills and techniques to bring your vision to life. This class will guide you through the extensive After Effect's tool kit and give you the knowledge you need to create whatever you can imagine.

In addition to After Effects, we'll look at the seamless workflow with the other apps in the Creative Cloud Suite such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. You'll also be introduced to the 3rd party applications that come with After Effects, Cinema 4D Lite and Mocha. Cinema 4D Lite lets you add true 3D models and environments into your work and Mocha is a powerful planner tracker.

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Who Should Take This Class

Anyone looking to learn how to create sophisticated motion graphics using Adobe After Effects. Having a working knowledge of basic Apple computers and knowledge or experience with Photoshop or Premiere will be helpful but not required.

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing" - therefore you'll need a computer (Mac or PC). If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with an up-to-date web browser.

If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.

Schedule

This program is offered in two schedule formats: 1) a one-week, all-day schedule (Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm each day) and 2) a two-week, (7-session) evening schedule where sessions are held from 5pm to 9pm. Each of these schedules is detailed below. You'll find the specific dates for each time we offer the program in the right-side column. Please feel to contact us with any questions!.

How To Choose Between Schedule Options

The one-week, all-day format is great for those who want to learn After Effects as quickly as possible and are comfortable with longer class sessions. The two-week, evening schedule is great for those who have daytime jobs or other daytime commitments or those who prefer shorter, more spread out class sessions. The two-week, evening format also requires students to work on some projects on their own time outside of class sessions and includes some video tutorials. Ultimately, the same material is covered in each version.

One-Week, All-Day
Two-Week (7-session), Evening

Session 1: Monday, 9am - 5pm

  • Hardware
  • Project Folder / File Organization
  • The Adobe After Effects Interface
  • Project Panel - Importing
  • Compositions
  • Basics of Animation - Keyframes
  • Project - Stopwatch
  • Grouping - Parenting & Precomposing
  • Easy Ease / Graph Editor

Session 2: Tuesday, 9am - 5pm

  • Project - Tic Tac Toe
  • Text Animation
  • Intro to Mask - Types and Properties
  • Cut Out Animation
  • Mask for VFX and Cleanup of Footage
  • Using Mask to Create Animation
  • Project - Now You See Me
  • Using Mask Paths for Reference
  • Track Mattes

Session 3: Wednesday, 9am - 5pm

  • Intro to Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • Green Screen and Composite
  • Combining Effects
  • Project - Fire Text
  • Working with Vector Based Formats (Ex. Illustrator)
  • Shape Layers
  • Project - Info Graphics

Session 4: Thursday, 9am - 5pm

  • Intro to 3D Layers (2.5D)
  • Cameras and Lights
  • Depth of Field
  • Final Project - The Boss

Session 5: Friday, 9am - 5pm

    • Motion Tracking
    • Camera Tracking
    • Planer Tracking With Mocha Plugin (Comes Installed with After Effects)
    • Screen Replacement
    • True 3D with Cinema 4D (Comes Installed with After Effects)

Session 1: First Week, Monday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Hardware
  • Project Folder / File Organization
  • The Adobe After Effects Interface
  • Project Panel - Importing
  • Compositions
  • Basics of Animation - Keyframes

Session 2: First Week, Tuesday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Project - Stopwatch
  • Grouping - Parenting & Precomposing
  • Easy Ease / Graph Editor
  • Project - Tic Tac Toe
  • Text Animation

Session 3: First Week, Wednesday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Intro to Mask - Types and Properties
  • Cut Out Animation
  • Mask for VFX and Cleanup of Footage
  • Using Mask to Create Animation

Session 4: First Week, Thursday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Project - Now You See Me
  • Using Mask Paths for Reference
  • Track Mattes
  • Intro to Effects
  • Animating Effects
  • Green Screen and Composite

Session 5: Second Week, Monday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Combining Effects
  • Project - Fire Text
  • Working with Vector Based Formats (Ex. Illustrator)
  • Shape Layers
  • Project - Info Graphics

Session 6: Second Week, Tuesday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Intro to 3D Layers (2.5D)
  • Cameras and Lights
  • Depth of Field
  • Final Project - The Boss

Session 7: Second Week, Wednesday, 5pm - 9pm

  • Motion Tracking
  • Camera Tracking
  • Planer Tracking With Mocha Plugin (Comes Installed with After Effects)
  • True 3D with Cinema 4D (Comes Installed with After Effects)

Instructor

Michael Saclisi Mike Scalisi of Pixel Mill Studios is a skilled editor, director and motion graphics artist with over 8 years of professional experience creating everything from corporate videos to broadcast television series to feature length documentaries. In 2009 he worked as an editor and motion graphics artist on the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove" which was produced right here in Boulder. Mike works daily with Adobe creative apps such as After Effects , Photoshop, and Premiere as well as Apple's Final Cut Studio to create visually stunning videos for local and international clients.

Location

This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Boulder location classroom.

$999
BDA Members
$1099
Non-Members

Registration:

BDA Members: $999.00

Non-Members: $1,099.00

Available Dates

September 20 - 24, 2021

Remote Class (Using Zoom)

Weekday Format Schedule

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Complete Schedule:
Monday, September 20th, 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, September 21st, 9am - 5pm
Wednesday, September 22nd, 9am - 5pm
Thursday, September 23rd, 9am - 5pm
Friday, September 24th, 9am - 5pm

All times are shown in Mountain Time.

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