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Animation with After Effects (High School)

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.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 13 - 18 years old
  • Price $1,299
  • Location Live Virtual
Animation with After Effects (High School)

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  • $1,299
  • Live Virtual
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  • Mon, Aug 12 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 13 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 14 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 15 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this animation class:

Make eye-catching animations and dazzling visual effects with Adobe After Effects.

Are you fascinated by animation? Learn how to make your own in this hands-on summer program that covers After Effects, Adobe's popular animation and motion graphics application. You'll start by learning about how to navigate the After Effects workspace, then dive into basic animation concepts and processes. From there, the program will move to more advanced techniques such as title and text animation, 3D layer animation, and motion tracking.

This program is suitable for complete beginners without previous experience in animation, After Effects, or design.

Learn more about Animation with After Effects Live Online at NextGen Bootcamp.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.


Section 1

Social Media Ad: Assembling the Assets

  • Creating a Composition
  • Importing Media
  • Organizing the Project panel
  • Working with Layers in a Composition (Timeline)
  • Transform Properties: Position, Scale, & Rotation

Social Media Ad: Adding Audio & Animating Position

  • Working with Audio
  • Animating Transform Properties such as Position
  • Adding Easing
  • Swapping Out Layer Content While Keeping Keyframes

Social Media Ad: Adding Text & Layer Styles

  • Adding Text
  • Adding Layer Styles: Drop Shadow & Stroke

Section 2

Social Media Ad: Video Layers & Parenting

  • Adding Video
  • Slowing Down Video (Slowmo)
  • Animating Multiple Layers Simultaneously with Parenting

Social Media Ad: Animating Opacity & Audio/Video Fades

  • Animating Opacity
  • Adding Audio & Video Fades
  • Changing Work Area & Composition Duration
  • Copying & Pasting Keyframes
  • Creating a Vignette Effect with a Mask

Social Media Ad: Exporting Files

  • Using Adobe Media Encoder
  • Exporting Files
  • Media Encoder vs. Render Queue

Logo Animation

  • Working with Adobe Illustrator Files
  • Making a Dummy Comp Before Importing
  • Organizing the Timeline: Color Labels & Shy Layers
  • Animating Transform Properties: Scale, Position, & Opacity
  • Animating Multiple Layers Together
  • Creating Staggered & Sequential Animations
  • Exporting Transparent Video

Section 3

Creating an Infographic Animation

  • Working with Adobe Illustrator Files
  • Converting Illustrator Layers into Native Shape Layers
  • Trim Paths

Masks & Track Mattes

  • Adding Masks to Layers
  • Using Track Mattes
  • Adding Effects

Animating Text Layers

  • Creating & Editing After Effects Text
  • Animating with Text Animators

Section 4

Nested Compositions

  • Combining Nesting Compositions
  • Adding Audio
  • Adding Motion Blur

Title Animation: Multiple Text Animators

  • Animating With the Linear Wipe Effect
  • Applying Multiple Text Animators
  • Saving Text Animation Presets

Title Animation: Write-On Text Effect

  • Creating a Write-On Text Effect

Section 5

Introducing 3D Layers, Lights, & Cameras

  • Moving Layers in 3D Space
  • Working with Cameras
  • Working with Lights

Animating 3D Layers & Depth of Field

  • Animating Layers in 3D Space
  • Adding Depth of Field

Medical Animation: Working with Video & Audio

  • Working with Video
  • Working with Audio
  • Looping Video & Audio

Section 6

Medical Animation: Motion Paths & Expressions

  • Creating Curved Motion Paths
  • Looping an Animation with Expressions
  • Working with Essential Properties
  • Adding Motion Blur to a Nested Comp

Motion Tracking

  • Point Tracking
  • Motion Tracking
  • Null Object Layers
  • Working with Multiple Trackers
  • Importing After Effects Comps

Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We are allowing attendees to reschedule at no charge or keep class credit for up to two years. Email us at [email protected] 


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

  • Registration Fee: All courses include a non-refundable registration fee of 10%.
  • Cancellations: Students may cancel up to seven business days prior to the course and receive all monies paid, less the non-refundable registration fee. Cancellation requests within the policy should be made directly to CourseHorse.
  • Rescheduling: Students may reschedule once up to three business days prior to the start date of the course at no charge. Reschedules within three business days incur a $20 rescheduling fee. Reschedule requests should be emailed to [email protected].

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