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Unlock your creativity and master the art of animation with a wide range of video animation classes in Houston. Learn industry-standard techniques, software, and tools, and unleash your imagination to bring your ideas to life.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Houston have spots left, but 15 classes live online are available.

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ Live Virtual

Learn to create eye-catching animations and dazzling visual effects with Adobe After Effects in this hands-on summer program at NextGen Bootcamp. Dive into basic animation concepts and processes, and then explore advanced techniques such as title and text animation, 3D layer animation, and motion tracking. Suitable for beginners with no previous experience in animation or design.

Monday Aug 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,299

4 sessions

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp - Virtually Online

Unlock your creativity and bring your imagination to life with Animation with After Effects. Discover the exciting world of animation and motion graphics in this hands-on summer program in NYC. Join us at NextGen Bootcamp and learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, master basic animation techniques, and create stunning visual effects.

Monday Aug 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,499

4 sessions

Video Editing & Animation Certificate (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ Live Virtual

Unlock your creativity and bring your video projects to life with the Video Editing & Animation Certificate at NextGen Bootcamp. Master industry-standard software, Adobe Premiere Pro, for professional video editing, and then explore the exciting world of animation with After Effects. Start your journey towards a future in film and media today.

Monday Aug 5th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$2,495

8 sessions

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Video Editing & Animation Certificate (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp - Virtually Online

Learn industry-standard video editing and animation skills in this comprehensive certificate program. Master Adobe Premiere Pro to create professional video projects, then take your skills further with advanced techniques in After Effects. Launch your career in film or multimedia with this hands-on course.

Monday Aug 5th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$2,495

8 sessions

Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Discover how to create engaging and meaningful motion graphics and video edits from concept to completion in this in-depth course. Gain the skills necessary to build a professional portfolio and excel in the growing industries of motion graphics and video editing. Take the first step towards a career in this creative field with Noble Desktop.

Tuesday Jan 30th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)

$1,495

10 sessions

After Effects in a Day

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

After Effects is a powerful component of Adobe's suite of design software that allows you to create professional motion graphics with a simple but powerful user interface. This course will have you up and running quickly, as you learn to create animated GIFs, logos, transitions, and more. You'll get hands-on experience in a small class led by a leading motion graphics instructor.  Get started in this one-day workshop, or dive right into our...

Monday Dec 18th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

$425

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 Dec 18th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,295

3 sessions

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.

Monday Jan 29th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$975

3 sessions

Introduction to Adobe After Effects CC

Future Media Concepts

Unlock the power of Adobe After Effects CC and take your motion graphics to new heights. Join industry professionals at Future Media Concepts and discover how to create stunning visual effects and animations with After Effects CC. Enhance your creative skills and bring your ideas to life in this dynamic course.

Monday Dec 18th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,195

3 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level II (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Take your motion graphics skills to the next level with a two-day intermediate class at Manhattan Edit Workshop. Learn industry-standard practices for creating stunning visuals in Adobe After Effects. Enhance your movies with text, graphics, and effects and gain a high level of efficiency in your work.

Thursday Dec 21st, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

2 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level III (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Enhance your Adobe After Effects skills with an advanced class covering alphas, formatting, rendering, 3D features, Photoshop integration, Cinema 4D, particles, paint effects, color correction, and more. Perfect for producers, editors, and motion graphic artists looking to master the intricacies of After Effects.

Saturday Dec 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

2 sessions

Adobe After Effects CC (Advanced)

Future Media Concepts

Take your motion graphics and compositions to the next level with the advanced techniques of Adobe After Effects. Master 3D features, the 3D engine, Cinema 4D, 3D camera tracking, warp stabilizing, particle playground, and other simulation effects. Enhance your projects with stroke, scribble, write-on, and paint effects. Join us at Future Media Concepts for this 2-day course!

Thursday Dec 28th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$795

2 sessions

Adobe After Effects for Beginners (Level 1)

Digital Workshop Center

Learn the basics of vector animation and create dynamic visual effects and motion graphics for commercial video and web designs in Adobe After Effects at Digital Workshop Center. Impress your audience with breathtaking motion graphics and become a visual effects professional.

Monday Jan 22nd, 9am–12:30pm Mountain Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,325

4 sessions

Adobe After Effects CC (Intermediate)

Future Media Concepts

Take your Adobe After Effects skills to the next level with this intermediate-level course at Future Media Concepts. Learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects into your movies, and gain a thorough understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects. Perfect for videographers, graphic artists, and animators looking to enhance their skills.

Tuesday Dec 26th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$795

2 sessions

Adobe After Effects Advanced (Level 2)

Digital Workshop Center

Take your animation and motion graphics skills to the next level with a hands-on advanced workshop. Learn the latest techniques and best practices used by motion graphic professionals, and gain the real-world job skills needed to succeed in this industry. Contact us today to launch your video production career.

Monday Feb 5th, 9am–12:30pm Mountain Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,325

4 sessions

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Discover the Best Animation Classes in Houston

The Illusion of Life is the well-chosen title of long-time Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston’s tome about the way in which a pile of drawings can become a seemingly living and breathing person, dragon, dalmatian, mermaid, or even candelabrum. If you draw something, draw it again in a slightly different pose, repeat the process some 60 times, and then film it at the rate of 12 drawings per second, you’ll have created five seconds of animation in which the thing you’ve drawn will be seen to move. The human eye and brain can only distinguish ten separate images per second; go over that threshold, and, according to one theory, the brain substitutes an illusion of continuity between the images. Movie projectors work the same way, except that, in animation, you’re not limited by the possible, and can make real such enchanted objects as a walking, talking, and singing teapot or a relentlessly shape-shifting genie.

Following The Little Mermaid, for which Disney had to bring in a whole team of Chinese animators to draw every single bubble in the movie, every Disney film contained a certain amount of computer-generated imagery, which would eventually come to be known by the now-everyday acronym CGI. The process began with the rotating ballroom in Beauty and the Beast in 1991, but Disney was soon outpaced when, in 1995, upstart studio Pixar completely revolutionized the process by producing an entirely computer-animated movie, Toy Story. Whereas animation used to take an awful lot of tracing paper, pencils, cels, paint, and ink, the process is today managed almost exclusively by digital means. That doesn’t exactly streamline the process, however: computer animation is still time-consuming, close work, but it also makes images possible that were previously impossible for animators using traditional media.

Motion graphics software has also evolved to the point at which creating moving digital images is within the reach of people who don’t hold bachelor’s degrees in computer animation. You can learn to produce professional-quality animation in a short period of time, especially for the internet, where countless brands are in search of a distinctive look for their websites and annoying commercials. Static websites are nearly a thing of the past, which is one reason why small animation studios have sprung up in most business centers and why Hollywood is no longer the only place animators can find work.

Best Animation Classes & Schools in Houston

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to learn animation is by becoming proficient with Adobe After Effects, a program that is capable of creating all manner of motion graphics. If that sounds appealing, you can take an in-person class in the software through Ledet Training. The school has an After Effects 101 -- After Effects Essentials class that shows students the ins and outs of keyframing, text animation, masks, and video blending, along with other basic and not-so-basic After Effects topics. Instructors are industry professionals with the practical knowledge to steer students clear of the pitfalls that the software can present. The course lasts for three days. Those seeking further enlightenment under the After Effects tree will want to try Ledet’s After Effects 501 -- After Effects Bootcamp, a six-day deep dive into the software that bundles After Effects 101 with an advanced course that covers such topics as 3D kinetic typography, infographic techniques and the application of audio to a motion graphic. Ledet conducts its classes in Houston in the comfort of the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria, which is, indeed, a scant half-mile from that commercial Mecca.

The Ledet course meets only every other month, and the pickings for other in-person animation classes in Houston are slim indeed. You’ll have a much more comprehensive selection of classes at your fingertips if you consider live online courses. These bring the considerable convenience of letting you learn your animation skills from anywhere: Downtown, Uptown, or even from the Cypress Circle concession area at the Zoo (but not the giraffe feeding platform, at least not yet.) This form of online pedagogy is a fully live learning experience, with a teacher to whom you can address your questions, and even the possibility of letting the instructor see your screen to extricate you from the inevitable hopeless muddle. 

An extensive live online treatment of not just After Effects but also Adobe’s PremierePro editing software is offered by Noble Desktop in the form of its Motion Graphics Certificate, a 17-weekday odyssey that includes the chance to develop your demo reel as you learn to use the software. Noble also includes 1-to-1 mentoring sessions and a free retake option with the program.

At the other end of the Noble Desktop spectrum is the highly-charged PremierePro in a Day class that will, in the space of only six hours, have you up to speed and functioning with Adobe’s editing software and able to edit video, perhaps not for a Hollywood blockbuster, but certainly for social media, which is probably more helpful to the ordinary user anyway.

If you’re more interested in learning After Effects without PremierePro, Digital Workshop Center’s Adobe After Effects for Beginners (Level 1) may be a good fit for you. The four-mornings (Mountain Time) class shows students how to create motion graphics for use in commercial videos and presentations. The follow-up class, Adobe After Effects Advanced (Level 2), also runs for four mornings, and goes into such arcana as the Roto Brush Tool, the Puppet Tool, and the 3D Camera Tracker. Although it’s way, way, way Outside the Loop, the course is also available in person in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Another means of creating motion graphics is by using Unreal Engine, video game development software that includes the possibility of creating high-end animation among its many capabilities. In fact, some animation studios use it just to create motion graphics, never mind the game engine functions. You can find an intensive introduction to the software in Studio Art’s Unreal Connector. Studio Arts is a Hollywood-based school devoted to the professional development of studio artists and the training they require to remain current in their profession. The Unreal Connector class meets for 27 sessions, three evenings a week. For those for whom that might be more than they’re willing to bite off, a two-day introduction to only the animation capabilities of Unreal Engine, Unreal Engine (Animation), is available as well.

Houston Industries That Use Animation

Houston may not be renowned as a hub for cinematic production, but it is nonetheless home to a substantial number of independent video production studios that create animation for commercial purposes. These studios tend to work on a smaller scale, often collaborating with advertising agencies ,or creating animation that lets businesses project a catchy image on the internet. Houston is fast establishing itself as a great city for artists, with an excellent selection of museums (the Museum of Fine Arts being the crown jewel, with such masterpieces as Corot’s Orpheus Leading Euridice from the Underworld and Canaletto’s Entrance to the Grand Canal.) Galleries and artist-friendly spaces are plentiful, and visual artists of every sort should feel very much at home in the city.

If your taste runs less to Corot and more to Gorogoa, you should know that Houston has a thriving video game scene. Consisting of small and medium-sized (up to 250 employees) studios, an aspiring video game developer can do worse than to choose Houston as a city in which to start to try a career in the field.

Animation Jobs & Salaries in Houston

For the purposes of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, special effects artists and animators share a job category code, no doubt because so many special effects these days are the work of animators rather than model-makers and special effects engineers. A further database of the United States Department of Labor, O*net Online, gives the following list of job titles encompassed by the BLS’ 27-1014.00 rubric: 3D animators and artists, 2D animators and artists, graphic artists, digital artists, and of course, animator.

BLS figures put the mean wage for animators in Houston at an even $80,000. The range of salaries is considerable, however, running from $52,000 to nearly $108,000. You can compare that positively to the mean wage in the Houston area, $47,000, or not so positively to the mean annual wage of $111,000 for animators in the country as a whole.

Something that makes those figures look better is the low cost of living in Houston: it’s 8% lower than the national average. Housing, so astronomical elsewhere, is 18% lower than the average, and groceries will run you 6% less. On the other hand, the cost of a hot dog at the Astros’ Minute Maid Park will eat away at some of those savings: they charge $7.39 for a regular hot dog. (On the other hand, Midwest Coney Connection will give you a more natively Texan hot dog with mustard, onions, and chili sauce for $7.95, and throw in the fries.)

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