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Motion Graphics Training San Francisco

Learn to bring your designs to life with Motion Graphics classes in San Francisco. Discover the art of animation, master visual storytelling, and gain the skills to create captivating motion graphics for videos, websites, 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

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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

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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.

Friday, Mar 22nd, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,495

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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

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

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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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Discover the Best Motion Graphics Classes in San Francisco

Motion graphics bring graphic design elements to life through digital manipulation. Unlike traditional storytelling animations, motion graphics typically focus on animating simple objects to convey complex ideas in an engaging way. By utilizing motion graphics, you can illustrate concepts that are difficult to explain with words or static images. In the realm of content marketing, videos reign supreme. Video content delivers a higher return on investment and attracts a greater number of new customers than still images, texts, or links. Viewers retain a remarkable 95 percent of information when it is presented in video, compared to a mere 10 percent when reading it in text. Plus, video content boasts up to 96 percent click-through rates and is shared 1200 percent more times than links and text combined.

Motion graphics offer a cost-effective alternative to live videos while providing infinite creative possibilities to convey your message and captivate your audience. They add an intriguing element to content and enable you to explain difficult concepts more clearly. Plus, motion graphics seamlessly integrate your brand identity, so viewers immediately recognize your unique brand voice. Short and sweet, motion graphics capture attention on social media platforms. Animations are used in television, online marketing, websites, and apps, making the user experience richer and communicating ideas more clearly. Motion graphics leave a lasting impact on your audience across a wide range of platforms.

Best Motion Graphics Classes & Schools in San Francisco

Academy of Art University in San Francisco offers a professional certificate in Animation and Visual Effects. This four-year program provides a disciplined approach to studying animation and visual effects, and students complete a portfolio that demonstrates a variety of skills and creativity. Introduction to Computer Graphics for Animation explores the different disciplines that contribute to computer graphics production and covers the concepts and terminology of computer graphics used in film, visual effects, games, and animation. In Introduction to Animation Principles and Techniques, you’ll gain technical skills by practicing experimental and stop-motion animation. Cinematics for Animation and VFX focuses on the language and techniques of filmmaking while students board, shoot, and edit a film. The program culminates with Senior Portfolio for Animation and VFX, where you create a reel of your best work to showcase your skills, hone client/artist relationships, practice presentation techniques, and develop a consistent identity.

At City College of San Francisco, learn the core processes involved in conceptualizing and executing digital effects, compositing techniques, and motion graphics sequences in Video Motion Graphics. You’ll practice concepts and skills and integrate them in a hands-on classroom setting. Topics include layering, animating, compositing, and effects, as well as technical and creative considerations. 

Advanced Studio: Motion Graphics at California College of the Arts immerses you in the world of animation and allows you to apply motion graphics to the static standards of design. You’ll examine films from video artists, kinetic typographers, and animators throughout history and discuss how their work is relevant to today. Master the ins and outs of After Effects and learn new modes of animation and augmented reality with programs like Cinema4D, Open Frameworks, and Spark AR Studio.

Most people learn best from an in-person class. But if you don’t have any in-person motion graphics classes in your area, learning from live, online classes is a great alternative. You’ll have the flexibility to study from home and save the time and cost of a commute. 

Motion Graphics and Video Editing Portfolio Development at Noble Desktop online gets you started in the growing motion graphics industry. You’ll learn the basic principles and best techniques for crafting animations from start to finish. Throughout this immersive portfolio program, you’ll design and execute multiple original projects to showcase on your demo reel. Plus, you’ll delve into the workings of the industry and explore the diverse projects you can tackle as a motion graphics designer, the exciting career prospects available, and how to market yourself effectively and secure a job in this dynamic field. Noble Desktop is a computer training school that empowers people with the skills to build exceptional websites, develop cutting-edge apps, and craft compelling digital content.

Autodesk 3ds Max Fundamentals at Future Media Concepts online focuses on strategies for real-world tasks for beginning and self-taught users. You’ll learn to create photo-realistic renderings and animations, and you’ll gain an understanding of the interface and workflow. Master lighting, perform rendering and animation, and work with geometry imported from other applications. Future Media Concepts is a premier digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers.

Adobe After Effects Level I at Manhattan Edit Workshop online is a three-day class that introduces you to the essentials for this powerful application for motion graphics and visual effects. It covers traditional after effects workflow, basic animation and effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying and 3D rendering and output. Manhattan Edit Workshop offers a range of digital skills training with working professionals.

San Francisco Industries That Use Motion Graphics

The San Francisco area’s $501 billion GDP is the sixth largest economy in the United States and an important hub in the global economy.

Transportation

Over $103 billion dollars worth of imports and exports pass through San Francisco, and San Francisco International Airport is the busiest on the West Coast. The city’s tech sector meets transportation with innovative ways to streamline trucking and delivery. It can be hard to convey complex operations with different types of physical items like materials, liquids, equipment, and other goods, and intangibles like packing, warehousing, shipping, delivery, and timeframes. Animated explainer videos change the face of communication in logistics operations and cultivate higher engagement.

Tourism

Over 23 million visitors spend upwards of $520 million in San Francisco every year. The iconic city is home to classic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Victorian “painted ladies” houses of Alamo Square Park, and a vibrant Chinatown. The tourism industry relies on selling its audience on a faraway location. Animated videos offer an unparalleled ability to communicate with a diverse audience while exploring complex subjects in depth. They serve as both education and inspiration to connect with travelers who aspire to visit San Francisco. 

Finance

The Financial District in San Francisco has been its central business district dating back to the Gold Rush and is home to the city’s largest concentration of corporate headquarters, including firms like Wells Fargo, Salesforce, and Uber. Law firms, insurance companies, real estate firms, banks, and other financial institutions call the nation’s second-largest banking center home. Motion graphics provide a dynamic way to communicate complex financial topics, enhance data, simplify customer interactions, boost marketing, and improve training and compliance.

Technology

San Francisco has the largest tech labor market in the United States, with nearly 380,000 workers and an average wage that is the highest in North America. The city is home to more than 300 IT firms, including many leaders in the industry. Tech companies are creating a growing number of opportunities for motion designers to work in UX design. Screens are interactive, and graphic elements slide, bounce, and respond to touch. Animation and motion design are essential aspects of UX design and brand identity in a wide range of industries.

Motion Graphics Jobs & Salaries in San Francisco

Motion Graphics Designer

Motion graphics designers create animations and visual effects using software like Adobe After Effects or Cinema 4D. They work on projects like video intros, explainer videos, animated ads, and user interface animations. A Motion Graphics Designer in San Francisco earns between $81,000 and $105,000 per year.

E-Learning Developer

E-Learning developers transform traditional learning materials into dynamic, interactive, and accessible digital formats. They create and design eLearning content and courses for online educational platforms, corporate training platforms, and other digital learning environments. An eLearning developer in San Francisco earns $91,000 to $135,000 per year.

Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

VFX artists use motion graphics to add special effects and visual enhancements to videos and films. They are employed in the entertainment industry and may work on movies, commercials, and TV shows. Visual Effects Artists in San Francisco earn $98,000 to $134,000 per year.

UI/UX Motion Designer

UI/UX motion designers create motion graphics and animals for user interfaces in websites, apps, and software. They aim to improve the user experience and engagement. A UI/UX Motion Designer in San Francisco earns $85,000 to $150,000.

Social Media Content Creator

Social media content creators use motion graphics to produce eye-catching and shareable content for social media platforms. A social media content creator in San Francisco earns $52,000 to $76,000 per year.

Broadcast Designer

A broadcast designer develops motion graphics for television programs, news broadcasts, and other televised content to enhance storytelling and visual appeal. A Broadcast Designer in San Francisco earns $80,000 to $97,000 per year.

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