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After Effects 101

Studio Arts @ Virtual Learning

This is the first class in the After Effects instructional series that introduces the user to the motion graphics, compositing and visual effects feature sets of Adobe After Effects. Topics covered will include the AE interface, workflow and basic functioning of After Effects. Students will also learn how to include layers, keyframes, the timeline, importing and interpretation of footage, ease in and ease out and animation of footage through scale,...

Monday Oct 30th, 6:15–10pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)

$1,000

8 sessions

After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn Advanced After Effects Techniques In this intermediate/advanced After Effects course, we’ll take your After Effects skills to the next level.  We'll master text animations and create transitions between multiple layouts. Through several hands-on real-world projects integrating graphic elements with audio, video and photo elements, we'll master motion graphics workflow to create advanced projects, taking them from the initial design...

Monday Nov 13th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

6 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Get comfortable with After Effects by creating standalone videos, animations, special effects, animated titles, and more. Make professional videos for web and TV broadcast in no time at all. After Effects is a powerful tool from Adobe's suite of design software, used for animation and video post-production. Its sleek but robust user interface makes it possible to create professional videos and animations with a very small learning curve. Create...

Monday Oct 23rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

6 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level III (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

This two-day advanced class will help you achieve better results from this comprehensive application. Building on concepts from After Effects Level 1 and Level 2 classes, this course covers all about alphas (straight vs. pre-multiplied alphas, working with Photoshop and Illustrator and vector paint) and advanced formatting and rendering (video, interlaced footage and fields, 3:2 pulldown, pre-rendering and proxies, as well as advanced rendering...

Saturday Sep 30th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

2 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level II (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

This two-day intermediate class will take you beyond the basics by focusing on industry standard best-practices for creating motion graphics. Building on concepts learned in the level one class, you will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects to your movies. Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects and be able to perform work with a high level of efficiency. ...

Thursday Sep 28th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,095

2 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level I (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

This three-day introductory class introduces you to the essentials for this powerful application for motion graphics and visual effects.  Topics include traditional after effects workflow, basic animation with effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying and 3D, rending and output. Prerequisite: Basic Mac OS X knowledge. Audience: Producers, editors, assistant editors and motion graphics artists interested in the basics...

Monday Oct 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,295

3 sessions

Adobe After Effects CC (Advanced)

Future Media Concepts

In this 2-day advanced course designed for videographers, graphic artists, and animators with experience using Adobe After Effects, the standard for motion graphics and compositions in the TV and film industries, you will learn to incorporate text, graphics, and effects into your movies. Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects, and you'll be able to use the program with a high...

Thursday Oct 26th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$795

2 sessions

After Effects Training: Bootcamp

Lumenbrite Training @ Online Classroom

The Adobe After Effects Bootcamp training is a comprehensive course that pairs and integrates both of our essential skills classes. This course is a complete foundation that starts at a beginning level and progresses to an intermediate level of mastery. This five-day After Effects training is an in-depth courseware using the industry standard tool for creating motion graphics and Hollywood style effects for cinema, broadcast television and web...

Monday Oct 9th, 11am–6pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,995

5 sessions

Introduction to Adobe After Effects CC

Future Media Concepts

After Effects CC software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with new Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options. Get into motion graphics - come learn what After Effects CC can do! Who Should Attend: Video, animation and graphics professionals who need a working knowledge of Adobe After Effects CC. Prerequisites: ...

Monday Oct 16th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,195

3 sessions

Adobe After Effects CC (Intermediate)

Future Media Concepts

In this course designed for videographers, graphic artists, and animators with intermediate-level Adobe After Effects experience, you will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects to your movies. Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects and be able to perform work with a high level of efficiency. Who Should Attend Videographers and animators who are somewhat experienced...

Thursday Oct 19th, 10am–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$795

2 sessions

After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more. Learn to start using After Effects to animate photos, text, video, and add music/sounds. You can even import files from Illustrator (such as a logo) or Photoshop and animate their elements. Get started in this 6-hour workshop. Recommendations: Basic knowledge of Adobe...

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

$425

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp - Virtually Online

Learn animation fundamentals in this After Effects summer program in NYC. Do you have a passion for animation and motion graphics? Use After Effects to make your own animations and motion graphics. In this fun hands-on summer course in NYC, you'll learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, then dive right into basic animation concepts and processes. From there, the program will move on to more complex techniques like title and text animation,...

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

 (4 sessions)

$1,499

4 sessions

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ Live Virtual

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...

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

 (4 sessions)

$1,299

4 sessions

Adobe After Effects II (Online)

Key Code Education @ Virtual Classroom

Take your After Effects skills to the next level by building on your essential skills to enhance your motion editing and compositing. You will learn how to create more complex documents and work with a variety of palettes and tools to further understand the capabilities of this high-end design application.  You will discover the pitfalls and best practices to follow so that you are creating professional-grade motion graphics and video effects...

Monday Nov 6th, 9am–1pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

$1,025

4 sessions

After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

In this advanced After Effects course, you’ll master text and shape animations and learn how to use the video compositing features in After Effects. Through hands-on, real-world projects you'll master the After Effects workflow: the process motion graphics designers and compositers take, to create projects from conception to final delivery. We’ll cover expressions (the scripting language of After Effects) to speed up your animation process,...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

6 sessions

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Discover the Best After Effects Classes in Washington, D.C.

Add professional-quality animation and effects to videos with Adobe After Effects. This powerful tool can import photos from Photoshop or drawings from Illustrator that can be used to create motion graphics and animation for titles, logos, and credits. After Effects is also used to add special effects and animation to videos. 

Special Effects Artists and Animators use tools like After Effects to create video content for apps, social media channels, and websites. Although many Special Effects Artists and Animators work in the television, film, and advertising industries, any industry that uses training or information videos hires people who know After Effects.

After Effects is powerful and can be complicated to learn. Many people find it easier to master software tools by taking a class. If you want to switch to a career as a Special Effects Artist and Animator, signing up for After Effects classes is a good way to start. You can find in-person classes in the area, but live online sessions are an option, too.

Best After Effects Classes & Schools in

Ledet Training offers in-person After Effects training in These hands-on sessions prepare students to take the Adobe Certified Expert exam at the conclusion of the classes. After Effects 101 covers the foundations of After Effects such as the user interface; efficient workflow; basic tools like masks, puppet tools, and roto tools; and rendering and outputting the final video.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class.

Duration: This is a full-time class over three days.

Cost: The cost for this course is $1,299.

Advanced After Effects from Ledet Training presents project optimization, compositing, color correction, motion tracking, and more advanced techniques for animation and special effects. 

Prerequisites: Students should take After Effects 101 or have a basic knowledge of After Effects before enrolling in this course.

Duration: This is a full-time class over three days.

Cost: The cost for this course is $1,295.

Ledet Training’s Video Tools Bootcamp includes both introductory and advanced After Effects courses plus training in basic video production. This course includes instruction in Premiere Pro and After Effects and addresses both the essentials of video editing and animation.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class.

Duration: This is a full-time class over five days.

Cost: The cost for this course is $2,199.

American Media Training offers a beginner’s course in After Effects Level 1 introduces the After Effects workflow and creating animation using preset effects. The class uses hands-on assignments to create animated multimedia projects. Covered topics include using layers, masks, and distortion tools plus animated text. The course touches on more advanced techniques like color correction, rotoscoping, and 3-D animation, but these topics are covered in more depth in After Effects Level 2. 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class.

Duration: This is a full-time class over two days.

Cost: The cost for this course is $895.

American Media Training also offers After Effects Level 2 to help students achieve intermediate After Effects skills. This course builds on After Effects Level 1 and covers more advanced concepts like compositing, color correction and keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, expressions, and special effects. 

Another option for After Effects training in is After Effects Bootcamp from Noble Desktop. This live online class for all levels presents students with professional animation and motion graphics techniques for video production. The course is taught by experienced video editors and starts with the basics like navigating the workspace and adding animation, and moves on to more advanced techniques like motion tracking and 3D animation using layers. 

Prerequisites: Students may find previous knowledge of photo editing using Adobe Photoshop and video production using Premiere Pro helpful but this is not required. 

Duration: This is a full-time class over three days.

Cost: The cost for this course is $975.

Noble’s After Effects in a Day is another live online option. Students learn the essentials of video editing and animation, such as how to use the After Effects interface and timeline, along with video editing basics like cuts, eases, and fade-ins. Class projects include adding animation to photos and logos and then adding a soundtrack.

Prerequisites: Experience with Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator is helpful, but not required. Students who have never used these products might want to take a Photoshop or Illustrator class before signing up for an After Effects class. Design skills are also helpful. 

Duration: This is a one-day, six-hour class.

Cost: The cost for this course is $425.

Washington, D.C Industries That Use After Effects

Not surprisingly, the top industry in is government, but technology companies are not far behind. Fintech, edtech, and healthtech are all growing in the D.C. area. Google and Snapchat both have offices there, as do Lockheed Martin and Capitol One. D.C. is also a film-friendly city and has many TV stations and multimedia events. Advertising and public relation firms are another option when people with After Effects skills are looking for work.

After Effects Jobs & Salaries in

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 5 to 12 percent growth nationally in jobs for Special Effects Artists and Animators through 2030. The yearly median pay for Special Effects Artists and Animators in the US is around $78,000, while After Effects jobs in the D.C. region pay a median annual salary of $69,000. Glassdoor.com lists a likely salary range between $53,000 and $90,000.

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