What is the course about?
In this short, fast track, practical course you will learn how to create drawn and cut-out animation using Adobe Animate cc. The course will cover professional processes including organising your workflow, use of layers ,keyframes, symbols, different form of tweening and motion paths. You will also learn how to export movies from Animate cc for use in different platforms.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our CityLit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance..
What previous students liked most about this course: “I liked the teaching style. Being completely new to animation this course has enabled me to have an introduction to something that I have always been interested in.”.
“Ben was an excellent teacher. He knows his stuff! He can explain it well and takes time to check over what we are doing. A good mixture of technical and artistic skills. ”
“Very good professional tutor and the group size.”
What will we cover?
This is a practical, fast track course covering the basic skills and techniques in creating effective animated sequences using Animate CC (Flash). You will learn how to use the drawing tools together with a Wacom tablet to create exciting drawn animations. You'll learn the use and advantages of different forms of symbols and tweening in developing your animated sequences. You'll be guided through using and synching sound, and exporting your work as animated movies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group of up to 8 people.
- set up and use a Wacom Tablet
- use the drawing tools in Animate CC
- create drawn animations using keyframes and blank keyframes
- understand and apply different forms of symbols
- understand and apply different forms of tweening for animating shape morphs and animating transformations.
- create and use motion paths
- import sound and synch sound to animation in Animate CC
- export animated sequences as QuickTime movies.
What previous students have achieved on this course: “I feel I have achieved quite a lot. I do use the program at home and have lots of fun with it. My most exciting achievement is being able to make my lifetime hobby of drawing mystical characters finally move.” AM.
“I’ve learnt how to use the majority of tools in Animate and how to rotoscope and do all 3 tweens. This course has enabled me to find a new interest and potentially take it further.” RG
“Hopefully it will really benefit me… I’m hooked! Hoping to get into it as a career so this is a great start.” NF
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course for those who are comfortable with working at a fast pace. You are expected to have a basic knowledge of using computers and are able to navigate and move files proficiently. Some experience with other related software from the Adobe Creative Suite would be an advantage but is not a requirement of the course.
You should also be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
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. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in digital arts courses.
During the course you will be encouraged to practice the techniques you’ve learned outside the course time. Your learning will always be far more effective if you have access to the software outside of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs.Bring a pen and a pad to take notes and a USB stick or portable data storage so you can take your work home.
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 your animation skills further in the After Effects and Animation and moving image courses offered by City Lit. You can also use the work you create to access Higher Education courses in animation and the digital moving image.
You can find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the City Lit website at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.
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