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Course Description

Adobe After Effects allows you to create videos containing animation and special effects for graphics-related projects.  You can use After Effects to animate, alter, and composite media using various tools and optional plug-ins.  The program is widely used by motion-graphics professionals, website designers, and visual effect artists for post-production on digital films, DVD, video, and the web. 

This course was designed to teach students how to successfully use After Effects, no matter if they have ever used the program before or not.  Both the beginner and seasoned user can benefit from this course, starting with the basics of the program including navigation and continuing on to more advanced features, including:

·    The basics of creating projects, compositions, and layers

·    Importing footage, including video, audio, and still images

·    Creating special effects using the Effects menu

·    Creating animation for shapes, objects, and layers

·    Adding and animating text

·    Drawing shapes

·    Animating shapes

·    Creating and using masks and track mattes

·    Working in 3D

·    Using the puppet tools to create animated characters and effects

·    Extracting and removing objects from layers

·    Exporting to video

·    And more

This course walks all students through the process of creating their first movie using the program. You do not need to have access to After Effects to take or complete this course. However, it is recommended.  Please note that a 30 day free trial of After Effects CC is available on the Adobe website for those who want to practice what they learn and follow along.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Adobe After Effects CC (recommended) *
- a high school reading level.

No books will be required.
*students interested can download the free trial version of the current version of  Adobe After Effects for this course. 

Course Topics

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Lesson 2: Getting Started in After Effects

Lesson 3: Working with Text in After Effects

Lesson 4: Shape Layers

Lesson 5: Further Exploring Animation

Lesson 6: Working with Masks

Lesson 7: Animating Layers

Lesson 8: Introducing the Puppet Tools

Lesson 9: Using the Roto Brush to Create Mattes and Extract Objects

Lesson 10: Working in 3D

Lesson 11: Advanced Video Creation and Editing Techniques

Lesson 12: Rendering and Exporting Your Work

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Adobe After Effects.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what Adobe After Effects is and what it can potentially do for your video creations.
  • Demonstrate working with text, shape layers, and basic animation.
  • Demonstrate working with masks.
  • Demonstrate animating layers.
  • Demonstrate using the Puppet Tools.
  • Demonstrate using the roto brush to create mattes and extract objects.
  • Demonstrate working in 3D.
  • Demonstrate advanced video creation and editing techniques.
  • Demonstrate rendering and exporting your work, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Assignment1
Project 5-1 1
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Project 7-11
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Project 9-11
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12 Exam9
Project 13 (Final Project)1
The Final Exam60
Total Points:194

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