Adobe Introduction to Animation with After Effects

This After Effects Course will give beginners new to After Effects CC the confidence to begin creating amazing motion graphics in a professional environment and produce smooth animation and special effects.

This course gives an introduction to the exciting world of motion graphics,
while emphasising its connection to the creative thought process.

Students will learn an introductory overview of After effects and some of the principles of good animation.

Course Content

Introduction to After Effects
Principles of Animation
The After Effects interface
Importing & Organising media
Working with the timeline
Layers, switches and properties
Creating compositions
Creating keyframes
Animating properties and visual effects
Motion blur
Editing keyframes
Working with Text
Exporting - rendering, output and file formats

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This course is ideal for Graphic Designers, Illustrators or Video Editors with an interest in animation or motion design. This course will give you a real understanding of the software and allow you to begin creating your own unique work.

You will need to have good computer skills and desirably have existing skills from a software application such as Adobe Premiere, Photoshop or other motion graphics programmes.

First Class Requirements

Pen and notebook

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential to ensure you make progress on this short course.

Assessment Methods

Constructive feedback will be given on work carried out on the course to support your development.
You will need to complete an ILP

Further Study Options

You can progress to other Adobe or 3D related courses including:
Adobe Premiere, Photoshop or Indesign
Autodesk Introduction
Sketchup Introduction

Additional Information

For this course, upon enrolment you will be given a student email address which can provide a
eligibility for the Adobe Educational Software discounts or for the Adobe Creative Cloud which After Effects is a part of.
You will then be able to download After Effects with the education license.
Please note it is your responsibility to check your PC/Mac Meets the system requirements
as outlined on the Adobe website

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Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.