Course Description

Discover how to create and animate text, images, and video using Adobe After Effects, a software application used to create and deliver compelling motion graphics and visual effects for film and video. Learn basic animation of layers, work with keyframes and motion paths, rendering and outputting to enhance your video projects for web, or digital displays. This course is for individuals with no prior knowledge or experience of motion graphics.

Course Details

Course assignments are application based; at the end of the course, you may be able to use some of this work to build your portfolio.

The software used in this course is Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC , which may be downloaded from Adobe at student pricing. No prior versions are taught or reviewed.

In addition, you should have a video capture device (smartphone or any video camera that captures digital video) to shoot some video segments to complete course assignments; alternatively, you could purchase stock video instead.  

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the Adobe After Effects workspace and navigation
  • Insert illustrations into motion graphics
  • Create an animation and apply special effects
  • Modify existing special effects to create new and unique animations
  • Create and animate text as well as shape layers to create new design
  • Render different video formats for online and offline viewing
  • Integrate Adobe Media Encoder to render movies


  • After Effects workspace and navigation
  • Working with storyboards
  • Creating a basic animation using effects and presets
  • Animating text
  • Working with shape layers
  • Animating layers
  • Working with masks
  • Distorting objects using the puppet tools
  • Using the roto brush tool
  • Rendering and outputting
  • Advanced editing techniques

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Synchronous
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 18, 2024 to Nov 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $849.00
Required Software
Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC, which may be downloaded from Adobe. No prior versions are taught or reviewed.
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook required.
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

Students will require access to a computer with the required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors).

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system, and Zoom web conferencing software. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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