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Animation Classes San Francisco

Unlock your creativity and bring your imagination to life with animation classes in San Francisco. Learn the art of storytelling through motion and gain valuable skills in character design, 2D and 3D animation techniques, and more.

2 classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, and 18 classes live online are available.

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

3 sessions

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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

3 sessions

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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

3 sessions

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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

5 sessions

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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

2 sessions

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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

3 sessions

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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

3 sessions

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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

2 sessions

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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

6 sessions

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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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Animation Classes in San Francisco are rated 4.6 stars based on 1,307 verified reviews from purchasers.

Discover the Best Animation Classes in San Francisco

It’s all but impossible to go a single day in the 21st century without encountering multiple examples of animation and motion graphics. From blockbuster movies and streaming anime to e-commerce websites and reels, the art of moving images is a fixture of life today. This is good news for creatives with an aptitude for technology, as Animators will be in high demand to keep up with the 2028 projected global market size of $531.237 billion.

A career in animation has many perks, including providing an unusual amount of job security for artists and storytellers who desire a lifestyle that includes creating art every day. While changing trends define the highest-demand styles, opportunities are flourishing for those interested in 2D animation, 3D animation, stop motion, and other innovative techniques. Animators and Motion Graphics Artists require similar skills: the difference between the two lies in the definition of “animation” being motion graphics with a storyline. Opportunities in motion graphics are arguably higher today, especially in cities like San Francisco and Seattle, where tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google offer ample employment opportunities to those who can jazz up their websites and other products with modern moving images.

However, considering the popularity of animation in entertainment today—especially its growth in appeal for adults—it’s likely the storytelling Animator job market will thrive and expand in the upcoming years. From the 2D styles of anime to 3D CGI and other animated effects of live-action films, Animators have plenty to do to keep up with today’s audience demands.

Best Animation Classes & Schools in San Francisco

Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp Noble Desktop - Online

This online Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp guides participants to a solid understanding of Maxon’s Cinema 4D Lite, the version of the software included for no additional charge with Adobe’s After Effects. Through hands-on projects, students will learn to create and work with 3D models to enhance any animation work in After Effects. Whether you are an Animator or Motion Graphics Artist, an in-depth knowledge of Cinema 4D can level up your work.

Prerequisites: After Effects experience equivalent to Noble Desktop’s After Effects Bootcamp is required for this course.

Duration: Three 7-hour sessions or six 3-hour sessions

Cost: $975

After Effects Beginner Class American Media Training - 601 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

This beginner-level After Effects class is a primer for anyone just getting started in the art of digital video. While not initially created with Animators in mind, After Effects is essential software for many working in the field today. Students will gain a clear understanding of the basics of the program, learning how to craft an animation project, from creating a composition to rendering a final product.

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge is all you need for this beginners’ course.

Duration: Three 6-hour sessions

Cost: $1,295

Learning Maya NobleProg - 75 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94111

Students of the Learning Maya Training Course will learn to use Autodesk Maya to create 3D animations through interactive lectures and hands-on practice in a live lab. By the end of this class, participants will be able to animate and render high-quality projects featuring realistic models and textures. They will also be able to use Maya to simulate water, smoke, and other natural effects.

Prerequisites: You’ll need a basic understanding of computers to excel in this class.

Duration: 14 hours, typically in two 7-hour sessions

Cost: $3,834

After Effects in a Day NYC Career Centers - Online

This one-day After Effects crash course provides students with high-quality instruction and hands-on experience in creating professional-grade motion graphics. Participants will learn the user interface, timeline, and essential functions required to create GIFs, logos, and other animations. Depending on your goals, this workshop may be all you need to get started, or you may use it to meet prerequisite requirements for NYC Career Centers’ After Effects Level 1 intensive.

Prerequisites: Photoshop experience is recommended but not required.

Duration: One 7-hour session

Cost: $425

San Francisco Industries That Use Animation

As the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd.—among many other lesser-known studios—San Francisco is a hotbed for both 2D and 3D storytelling animation careers. Another leading employer of Animators in the Bay Area is the visual effects powerhouse Industrial Light and Magic, creators of the magic behind Star Wars, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and many other iconic films.

Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s thriving tech industry provides numerous animation and motion graphics opportunities in the Bay Area. Reddit, Uber, and Adobe—makers of common applications in the world of animation—are just a few of the major companies that call the region home, and each employs several individuals in the motion graphics field. This culture of technological innovation supports many motion design studios, branding agencies, and gaming companies that need talented Animators to meet the high expectations of their clientele.

The Bay Area is the ideal home for aspiring Animators interested in staying abreast of the latest innovations in the field or even working on the newest technology that will define the next generation of animation. Solid industry leaders like Adobe are improving the longtime standard applications, while startups like Rive are developing exciting new animation software that promises to open doors for even more positions in the field.

Animation Jobs & Salaries in San Francisco

San Francisco boasts the third-highest number of Special Effects Artists and Animators employed in a metropolitan area in the U.S. About 2,480 San Franciscans worked in the field in 2022, with an average mean wage of $137,000. While LA’s film industry understandably hosts about 12,000 more animation jobs than San Francisco, their average wages differ by less than $1,000. San Francisco is a unique city in its variety of opportunities in animation, offering storytelling opportunities with studios like Pixar and Lucasfilm alongside motion graphics positions with tech companies like Google, Apple, and Adobe. While the cost of living in the Bay Area is notoriously high, the hourly mean wage of $66 makes a comfortable lifestyle possible for Animators in San Francisco.

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