Adobe After Effects for beginners: for video and animation

Course Dates: 04/08/20 - 07/08/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
John Horabin

Learn how to use Adobe After Effects to create complex animation, characters, titles or motion graphics. Enhance and transform your video projects. Develop key skills in animation and compositing for professional or home video work.


What is the course about?

On this course you will learn the key skills in using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers. Each week the course takes you through a set of practical exercises that help you to develop these key skills. You will be encouraged to practise the techniques you’ve learned outside the course time. You will have the opportunity to develop your own After Effects project and get feedback from the tutor and your peers.

What previous students liked about the course:
“The course was tailored to my needs. I could ask whatever questions at whatever point, and this enabled me to take in the ideas in my own way.”
“Fast paced and thorough with plenty of time to practise between classes each week.”
“Very knowledgeable teacher and easy going, manner. Clear communication and demonstrations.”
“I liked the comprehensive overview and the fact that we learnt a lot of technical and practical information about the software.”
“The progression of projects was well paced against the progression of skills learned. Well taught in a fun way.”


What will we cover?

- Planning your After Effects project workflow and organising material
- Creative project development
- Preparing your still image and film assets using Photoshop
- Projects and compositions in After Effects
- Animating transformations on image, video and text layers
- Applying and animating a range of effects
- Working with masks
- 3D settings in After Effects (XYZ controls)
- Keying and compositing in After Effects
- Exporting techniques and backing up and archiving After Effects projects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Plan, prepare and organise your assets for an After Effects project
- Create projects and compositions and import assets
- Apply and animate a range of 2D and 3D transformations to video, image and text layers
- Apply and animate a range of effects to video, image and text layers
- Create and animate masks
- Compositing
- Create and animate a camera
- Render, back up and archive your project.

What students have achieved on their course:
““I have achieved more knowledge and confidence in post-production. Now I feel that I can play on my own with After Effects.”
“I’m able to create effects for the static and dynamic elements in the video. I now have an understanding of the software which is crucial for deepening my knowledge.” AD
“The confidence to apply what I’ve learnt in class at home.”
“Learning about masks. This will help me in directing.” SK


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner level course and you don’t need previous experience in After Effects. However some experience in video editing and a basic understanding of using computers would be helpful for you.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

During the course you will be encouraged to practice the techniques you’ve learned outside the course time. You will be invited to develop your own After Effects project and will be able to get feedback on your project from the tutor and other students.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Our high definition cameras and the latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your animation skills further with VK413 City Lit Animation course.

City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VK515

Tue-Fri, eve, 04 Aug - 07 Aug '20

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

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