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Animation Classes Boston

Unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life with animation classes in Boston. From introductory courses for beginners to advanced workshops for experienced animators, learn the techniques, software, and skills needed to create captivating animations and gain an edge in the industry.

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Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Become a skilled Motion Graphics Designer and master the art of animating motion graphics, creating visual effects, and editing videos using industry-standard software like Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Cinema 4D Lite. Develop a strong portfolio showcasing your creative techniques and gain the skills needed to meet the growing demand for video professionals.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (16 sessions)

$3,495

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After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Discover the secrets of creating captivating motion graphics and animations in this comprehensive course. Gain hands-on experience with real-world projects and learn from a leading instructor, as you delve into techniques like motion tracking and animating 3D layers. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop recommended.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

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Premiere Pro Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the art of professional video editing with Premiere Pro. Learn how to import, organize, and edit footage, enhance audio and video quality, add effects and titles, and much more. Take your video editing skills to the next level with this comprehensive course.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

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Film Editing Techniques Masterclass

Pitch to Screen® Education

Enhance your editing skills with our instructor-led masterclass in Adobe Premiere Pro. Gain proficiency in essential tools, motion graphics, audio editing, color correction, and media exporting. Elevate your content creation and editing capabilities in just 3 hours.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 10:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time

VFX & Motion Graphics Techniques Masterclass

Pitch to Screen® Education

Learn the secrets of motion graphics and visual effects compositing with our instructor-led masterclass. Gain hands-on experience, master essential techniques, and elevate your skills to the next level. Join us to unlock the world of Adobe After Effects and create outstanding visual content.

Friday, Feb 23rd, 10:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time

After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn how to create stunning animations, add music and sounds, and import files from Illustrator and Photoshop in this hands-on workshop at Noble Desktop. Perfect for beginners looking to master After Effects in just one day.

After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course at Noble Desktop. Master text and shape animations, learn video compositing techniques, and discover how to speed up your workflow with expressions. Enhance your motion graphics and compositing skills with hands-on projects in this immersive course.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

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Video Editing Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the art of video editing, audio editing, and motion graphics at a leading institution. Learn the creative techniques and workflow required to transform concepts into fully edited videos. Elevate your skills and stand out to potential clients or employers with a compelling video editing demo reel.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (13 sessions)

$2,995

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Adobe Premiere Pro 101 (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere Pro software in this comprehensive online course. Gain essential skills to efficiently craft your story with high-performance video production tools, collaborate with ease, and deliver professional-quality content across various platforms. Get ready to take your video editing skills to the next level.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,295

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Premiere Pro Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Take your Premiere Pro skills to the next level with this advanced training. Discover hidden features, create custom transitions and effects, and master editing for social media and broadcast. Enhance your videos with sound fx and ambient audio, and tackle action sequences like a pro.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$695

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Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Unlock the power of 3D graphics in your After Effects projects with this immersive hands-on course. Learn to create and animate stunning 3D models, apply textures, and seamlessly integrate with After Effects using Cinema 4D Lite. Expand your skill set and take your motion projects to new heights.

Monday, Mar 25th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

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Adobe After Effects Level I (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Learn the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects with this introductory online course. Discover traditional After Effects workflow, basic animation techniques, keying, and 3D effects. Gain the skills needed to create compelling motion graphics and visual effects.

Monday, Mar 18th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,295

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After Effects Fundamentals

Training Connection @ Online

Master the powerful program Adobe After Effects and learn all the tools and skills needed for creating special effects and motion graphics in this hands-on course at Training Connection. Suitable for graphic and video professionals looking to enhance their editing and compositing abilities, this course offers both beginners and experienced users the opportunity to learn and practice through various projects and tricks. No prior experience with After Effects is required.

Monday, Feb 26th, 9am–4pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,495

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After Effects Bootcamp

Training Connection @ Online

Learn how to create stunning special effects and motion graphics in this comprehensive After Effects course at Training Connection. Perfect for graphic and video professionals looking to enhance their editing and compositing skills, this hands-on bootcamp covers everything from basic animation to advanced concepts like 3D and particle simulations. No prior experience with After Effects is required.

Monday, Feb 26th, 9am–4pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,995

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Adobe Premiere Pro 201 (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Master the art of video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro in this comprehensive online course. Learn the interface, tools, and production flow of this revolutionary software used in major motion pictures worldwide. Take your editing skills to the next level and gain precise control over every aspect of your production.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

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Premiere Pro Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Master the art of video editing with Premiere Pro, the industry-standard tool of choice. From novice to advanced user, this hands-on bootcamp at NYC Career Centers will take you on a journey through the world of filmmaking and video editing, giving you the skills to create stunning projects.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

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After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Master the art of creating professional videos, animations, and special effects with After Effects. Elevate your skills in motion graphics and animation, from basic techniques to advanced motion tracking and particle effects. Take your video editing to the next level at NYC Career Centers.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

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Basic Fundamentals of CINEMA 4D (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Learn the essential skills to create stunning 3D animations and models with Cinema 4D. This online course from Manhattan Edit Workshop is designed for VFX artists and editors looking to incorporate 3D objects into their video work. Gain a solid foundation in navigating the program, manipulating objects, working with textures and lights, and compositing models into video scenes.

Friday, Mar 1st, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

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After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Take your After Effects skills to new heights with this advanced course. Master text animations, create seamless transitions, and delve into the world of motion graphics. Elevate your projects from design to delivery.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

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Premiere Pro Fundamentals

Training Connection @ Online

Learn how to create compelling videos with the hands-on Premiere Pro course at Training Connection. Capture, edit, add special effects and graphics, and produce your final project like a pro. Certificate and training manual included.

Monday, Mar 11th, 9am–4pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,495

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Discover the Best Animation Classes in Boston

To animate an object is to breathe life into it, or, more strictly speaking, to imbue it with a soul, the Latin word for which is anima. The number of entities capable of creating souls being highly limited, the animation done by mortals not named Frankenstein is a trick or an illusion. The trick can, however, be spectacular when a very big stack of drawings is viewed at the rate of 12 per second and can seemingly bring to life and tell the story of a besotted mermaid, a handsome prince, and a villainous sea witch.

The Little Mermaid was Disney’s last entirely hand-drawn animated feature. Disney subsequently developed its own computer animation software (CAPS, Computer Animation Production System) that soon made possible such effects as a chorus line of identical diving teaspoons worthy of a Busby Berkeley movie. Computer animation developed by leaps and bounds after that: exactly four years to the day elapsed between Disney’s 1991 release of Beauty and the Beast and then-independent Pixar’s release of the fully 3D computer-animated Toy Story in 1995. Since then, computer animation has all but replaced the hand-drawn animation of the Little Mermaid and her illustrious predecessors.

There is all manner of software capable of creating computer-generated imagery (CGI), and it is used in everything from animated motion pictures to “live-action” movies that leave a lot of their image creation to the computer, which is far cheaper than having to manufacture an entire set of White Star Line china only to break it, as was done when James Cameron made Titanic in 1997. Computers can create animation for purposes beyond the motion picture industry: even small companies are either doing in-house animation or farming out animation projects to promote themselves, especially on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Technological progress has put all manner of motion graphics software within the reach of laypeople whose forte isn’t drawing. It hasn’t evolved to the point at which someone who can’t draw stick figures can create Beauty and the Beast using one laptop, but software such as Adobe After Effects does make it possible for people who aren’t great with pencil and paper to create elaborate and visually satisfying animations, and as sure as tea leaves will initially float when dumped into a harbor, so can a creative person find a professional home in animation.

Best Animation Classes & Schools in Boston

If you’re looking for a Downtown location, American Media Training is located in the Bedford Building, and teaches two levels of After Effects classes. The beginner class runs for three weekdays and covers everything from importing footage to create a project to animating text, using shape layers, using the Roto Brush tool, performing color correction, and building 3D objects. The advanced class lasts for two days, and, picking up where the beginner class left off, goes on to cover such topics as compositing, color keying, and a whole lesson in animated pyrotechnics that will teach you how to blow up the world you just created.

If Woburn is too inconvenient, and if taking the T to get downtown isn’t your cup of, well, tea, you might prefer employing the internet to bring a live online class to a location that suits you better. Live online classes incorporate most of the advantages of in-person classes (you can ask the teacher questions, and the instructor can even magically reach into your screen and help you should you get impossibly stuck), with the incomparable convenience of being able to study anywhere you like, from Hingham to Saugus and from Framingham to the Harbor, or, for that matter, from Boston Spa in West Yorkshire to Boston Suzak in Kyrgyzstan.

A specialist in such classes (in English, but not quite yet in Kyrgyz) is Noble Desktop, which can get you kitted out with a Motion Graphics Certificate that will testify that you know how to edit video with PremierePro, render animation with Cinema 4D Lite, and, of course, create motion graphics with After Effects. The class takes 17 weekdays to complete, and includes such useful features as help with developing your demo reel (portfolio), and 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with established professionals to help guide you as you seek to make a career in animation. Also included is a free retake option and proprietary teaching materials created by the school for its students.

If a complete certificate program seems too long, too expensive, or if you just want to learn to use After Effects, you may wish to consider Noble Desktop’s After Effects Bootcamp. In the space of only three weekdays, the class teaches students to use the software to create animations, titles, and 3D objects. Included in the class tuition is the opportunity for 1-to-1 bonus training, which gives you a chance to meet privately with your instructor to clarify a difficult point or just ask questions you’re afraid the rest of the class will consider stupid. Students taking on either the certificate program or the bootcamp should already possess working knowledge of Illustrator and Photoshop before tackling motion graphics. (Noble Desktop gives classes in those programs as well.)

Another possibility for a live online class in After Effects is Adobe After Effects Level 1, a three-day program from Manhattan Edit Workshop that starts students off at the beginning with the fundamentals of motion graphics and goes on to show them how to create animations of their own using such essential tools as keyframes, layers, and masks. Also available are Level 2 and Level 3 classes (two days each) for students who require an even deeper knowledge of the software.

If you’d rather be spared a first-thing-in-the-morning class as well as that trip on the T at rush hour, you might consider Adobe After Effects for Beginners (Level 1) from Digital Workshop Center. Based in idyllic Fort Collins, Colorado (the “Napa Valley of craft beer”), the school teaches its motion graphics classes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time, which should suit late risers on the East Coast very nicely indeed. If they desire, students may continue along to Adobe After Effects Advanced (Level 2), which introduces such cool gizmos as the 3D Camera Tracker, the Roto Brush Tool, and the Puppet Tool. The course is also available in-person, and might make an interesting way to write off part of a Colorado vacation. (Neither the Fort Collins Ghost Tour nor craft beer samples are included.)

Boston Industries That Use Animation

Animation may not be as Bostonian as the Red Sox, Bruins, or the bean, but the area is home to a large quantity of video production, graphic design, and advertising firms that make animation on a regular basis. Boston also lays claim to being the birthplace, not just of the American Revolution, but also (through MIT) of the video game. While that industry in Boston has been through numerous ups and downs, and the current scene consists mainly of small, independent studios, it still exists, and jobs for animators exist in that sector as well.

Boston isn’t exactly the place to go if you want to work on an animated movie (that’s still Hollywood), but there are job opportunities in Beantown for animators. You may have to exercise a bit of originality to locate them, but there are opportunities, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ location quotient of 1.1 for the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua area shows. (A location quotient of 1.1 indicates that the Boston megalopolis employs 1.1 times as many animators and special effects artists as the national average.)

Animation Jobs & Salaries in Boston

In the world view of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, animators and special effects artists are considered one job category, partly because of the ways in which what once were “real” special effects are now practically the exclusive domain of CGI. O*net Online, another database run by the US Department of Labor, goes on to break up the category into job titles such as 2D animator/artist, 3D animator/artist, animator, graphic artist, digital artist, and the rather grand-sounding multimedia producer.

Using BLS 2022 figures, 720 people are employed in these capacities in the greater Boston area, which makes for that 1.1 location quotient and the encouraging news that you stand a slightly better chance of getting an animator job in Boston than you do in the country as a whole. The mean annual salary for animators in Boston is roughly $86,000, a bit more than the $81,000 mean annual wage for all Bostonians but quite a bit less than the $111,000 mean annual wage for animators in the United States as a whole.

That also needs to be weighed against the infamously high cost of living in Boston, which Payscale puts at 50% higher than the national average, with housing costs a daunting 124% more and groceries costing some 14% more than the national average. And a Fenway Frank at a Red Sox game, complete with mustard, onions, and relish, will run you $6.25.

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