What is the course about?
On this practical course you will learn a range of techniques and processes in After Effects to produce professional animations and motion graphic sequences. You will learn a range of tools and processes including 2D and 3D transformations, masking, compositing and creating and animating cameras and lights.
What previous students liked most about this course: “Litza was an amazing, highly intelligent and supportive teacher. She was very positive teacher. She was very positive and funny which made learning so much easier. I loved learning character animations etc. Excellent vibes! Excellent teacher! Thumbs up!”.
“Learning things to do with character animation (walk cycle, cameras, lights).”
“Litza is a great teacher and she made each subject we looked at a really easy and smooth task.”
“Excellent overview of the possibilities of the software - a good basis for further personal exploration. Very inspired - not afraid of AE anymore – looking forward to using it.”
“We covered an incredible amount and despite this I didn’t feel anything was glossed over. Litza really cared about students’ needs, remembered their questions and requests week after week. It was a special course and has set me up for a lifetime of animation.”
What will we cover?
- Preparing images in Photoshop and importing them into projects in AEFX
- Animating transformations to moving and still images
- Applying a range of effects to moving and still images
- Working with 2D and 3D layers
- Applying animated virtual lights and cameras to compositions
- Creating and animating text using paths and range selectors
- Rendering projects as movies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- prepare still images for use in After Effects
- import moving and still image files
- create keyframes
- animate transformations
- animate filters and effects
- create and animate text
- create and animate masks
- animate transformations in 3D
- create and animate lights
- create and animate cameras
- render projects as movies.
What previous students have achieved on this course: “The course has already benefitted me in my workplace. I’ve used what I’ve learnt in films I edit and impressed my colleagues. Main achievement: figuring out walk cycles!” ASW .
“To feel confident with After Effects. It has encouraged me to go for a more professional animation course.”
“Animation, moving, transforming, scaling, 3D later, key frames. This course will really benefit me in my design job in the future.” AH
“I’ve learnt a really broad and detailed set of techniques and skills, cameras, rendering, alpha matting, text, puppet tool, character animation… In the future it will help shape my career and personal projects.” J
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course; you do not need any experience in using After Effects but you will need some basic experience of using a computer.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, practical exercises and projects, individual guidance and notes. There will be no work set for outside the class, though practice outside the class is encouraged as it will help improve your progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. Notes will be provided.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop and compliment your skills in animation through a range of City Lit courses in animation, cartooning, illustration, digital film, sound design and editing.
You can download a PDF of all the animation and digital arts courses on offer at:
http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/Art_and_design/890, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
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