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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.

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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

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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

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$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

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$975

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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

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

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

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$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 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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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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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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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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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 Bootcamp

Training Connection @ Online

Master the art of video editing with Premiere Pro at Training Connection. Learn everything from capturing to final production, including special effects, graphics, and audio integration. Take your editing skills to the next level in just 5 days.

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

 (5 sessions)

$1,995

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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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