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Master the art of visual effects with Adobe After Effects classes in Chicago. Learn to create stunning motion graphics, special effects, and animations, and take your creative skills to the next level.

4 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 16 classes live online are available.

Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Become a skilled Motion Graphics Designer and master the art of animating motion graphics, creating visual effects, and editing videos using industry-standard software like Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Cinema 4D Lite. Develop a strong portfolio showcasing your creative techniques and gain the skills needed to meet the growing demand for video professionals.

(372) All levels 18 and older
$3,495

16 sessions

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After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Discover the secrets of creating captivating motion graphics and animations in this comprehensive course. Gain hands-on experience with real-world projects and learn from a leading instructor, as you delve into techniques like motion tracking and animating 3D layers. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop recommended.

(372) All levels 18 and older
$975

3 sessions

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After Effects Part 1

Computer Training Source, Inc. @ 1821 Walden Office Sq, Schaumburg, IL

Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and visual effects with After Effects. This course covers everything from setting up and pre-rolling to working with text, integrating Photoshop images, using advanced motion techniques, and more. Enhance your skills and bring your creative visions to life.

(21) Beginner 18 and older
$645

2 sessions

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After Effects Part 2

Computer Training Source, Inc. @ 1821 Walden Office Sq, Schaumburg, IL

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course. Learn compositing, rotoscoping, and green screen techniques for creating stunning animations and videos. Enhance your multimedia presentations, create 3D effects, and master the art of rendering and exporting. Sign up now to elevate your After Effects expertise!

(21) Intermediate 18 and older
$699

2 sessions

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Video Editing Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the art of video editing, audio editing, and motion graphics at a leading institution. Learn the creative techniques and workflow required to transform concepts into fully edited videos. Elevate your skills and stand out to potential clients or employers with a compelling video editing demo reel.

(372) All levels 18 and older
$2,995

13 sessions

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After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn how to create stunning animations, add music and sounds, and import files from Illustrator and Photoshop in this hands-on workshop at Noble Desktop. Perfect for beginners looking to master After Effects in just one day.

(372) All levels 18 and older

Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Unlock the power of 3D graphics in your After Effects projects with this immersive hands-on course. Learn to create and animate stunning 3D models, apply textures, and seamlessly integrate with After Effects using Cinema 4D Lite. Expand your skill set and take your motion projects to new heights.

(372) All levels 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course at Noble Desktop. Master text and shape animations, learn video compositing techniques, and discover how to speed up your workflow with expressions. Enhance your motion graphics and compositing skills with hands-on projects in this immersive course.

(372) Advanced 18 and older
$975

3 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Private Training

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Unlock the power of motion graphics with this comprehensive training. Master Adobe After Effects' interface, timeline, and layer animation techniques to craft stunning GIFs, animate logos, and seamlessly integrate artwork from Illustrator and Photoshop.

(372) All levels 13 and older

Adobe After Effects Level I (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Learn the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects with this introductory online course. Discover traditional After Effects workflow, basic animation techniques, keying, and 3D effects. Gain the skills needed to create compelling motion graphics and visual effects.

(95) Beginner 16 and older
$1,295

3 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level II (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Take your motion graphics skills to the next level with a two-day intermediate class at Manhattan Edit Workshop. Learn industry-standard practices for creating stunning visuals in Adobe After Effects. Enhance your movies with text, graphics, and effects and gain a high level of efficiency in your work.

(95) Intermediate 16 and older
$1,095

2 sessions

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After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Master the art of creating professional videos, animations, and special effects with After Effects. Elevate your skills in motion graphics and animation, from basic techniques to advanced motion tracking and particle effects. Take your video editing to the next level at NYC Career Centers.

(680) All levels 18 and older
$975

3 sessions

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After Effects in a Day

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn how to create professional motion graphics and animations using Adobe After Effects in this intensive workshop. Join a leading motion graphics instructor and get hands-on experience in a small class setting. Master the essentials of the user interface, layer animation, and more.

(680) All levels 18 and older

Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Plexus Creative - Virtually Online

Learn the essentials of Adobe After Effects in this 1-Day hands-on workshop. Adobe After Effects is a creative industry standard tool for motion graphics and compositing. This hands-on workshop will cover the key fundamentals of working in Adobe After Effects including compositions, working with layers, animating, keyframing, adding effects, rendering, and exporting.

(468) Beginner 16 and older

Adobe After Effects Level III (Online)

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ Virtual Class room

Enhance your Adobe After Effects skills with an advanced class covering alphas, formatting, rendering, 3D features, Photoshop integration, Cinema 4D, particles, paint effects, color correction, and more. Perfect for producers, editors, and motion graphic artists looking to master the intricacies of After Effects.

(95) Advanced 16 and older
$1,095

2 sessions

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Motion Graphics with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ Live Virtual

Unlock the world of motion graphics design with Adobe After Effects. Dive into hands-on learning to create captivating animations and stunning visual effects from scratch. Perfect for beginners, this program covers everything from basic navigation to advanced techniques, empowering you to unleash your creativity in the world of animation.

(61) All levels 13 - 18 years old
$1,299

4 sessions

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After Effects Bootcamp

Training Connection @ Online

Learn to create special effects and motion graphics in this After Effects course at Training Connection. Perfect for graphic and video professionals looking to enhance their editing and compositing skills, this hands-on bootcamp covers everything from basic animation to advanced concepts like 3D and particle simulations. No prior experience is required.

(158) All levels 14 and older
$1,995

5 sessions

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After Effects Fundamentals

Training Connection @ Online

Master Adobe After Effects in this hands-on course at Training Connection. Suitable for graphic and video professionals looking to enhance their editing and compositing abilities, this course offers both beginners and experienced users the opportunity to learn and practice various projects and tricks. No prior experience with After Effects is required.

(158) Beginner 14 and older
$1,495

3 sessions

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After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Take your After Effects skills to new heights with this advanced course. Master text animations, create seamless transitions, and delve into the world of motion graphics. Elevate your projects from design to delivery.

(680) Advanced 18 and older
$975

3 sessions

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After Effects Advanced

Training Connection @ Online

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course. Learn motion tracking, advanced masking, 3D effects, and more in this comprehensive training program designed for experienced users. Elevate your video production with Training Connection.

(158) Advanced 14 and older
$995

2 sessions

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Reviews for After Effects Classes in Chicago

After Effects Classes in Chicago are rated 4.7 stars based on 1,855 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Reviewed by Priyam J. on 3/2/2024
    The course really introduces a lot of concepts in an organized way so that by the end of class you are very comfortable with navigating in After Effects and applying effects, and keyframe animations.
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Reviewed by Patrick P. on 1/16/2022
    Everything was excellent.
  • Adobe After Effects Level II (Online)

    Reviewed by David S. on 5/27/2021
    Chad was wonderful! Very clear instruction, great attitude, and a lot of fun!
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Reviewed by matthew r. on 11/10/2020
    Great and very helpful. I was lucky to be the only one in the class because it's a crazy complicated program. Highly recommend!
  • Adobe After Effects Level I (Online)

    Reviewed by Kedrick W. on 10/16/2020
    Amazing class taught by Mr.Mark Chandler. The 3 jam-packed days were just a steller foundation on what's possible with creating in After Effects and Premiere. The class was a mixture of informational lessons and real-world perspectives. I feel more confident tackling more AE projects now.
  • Adobe After Effects Level III (Online)

    Reviewed by Nickolas R. on 7/20/2020
    Chad was a great professor and really dove in depth on the topics we covered. And the curriculum wasn’t super rigid either, we did lots of exploring and playing around which was helpful. It’s always great to see someone else’s process. It definitely helped that I was the only student too, got to pick his brain more than I might have in a larger class. I appreciate him still doing the class for one student!
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Anonymous review on 5/5/2020
    Learned so much! I was afraid of working in After Effects because at first glance, it's a very complicated/intimidating program. But, Laura was very clear, super helpful, and explained everything well!
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Reviewed by Meredith on 3/2/2020
    I received straightforward, clear instructions. Was able to grasp the concepts relatively quickly.
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Anonymous review on 3/2/2020
    I thought the class was great and went at a great pace for a beginner's class.
  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects

    Anonymous review on 3/2/2020
    Clear instruction and good pace.

Discover the Best After Effects Classes in Chicago

Adobe After Effects (Ae) is a motion graphics and visual effects tool that is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. After Effects is used in the post-production phase to create animated titles, graphics, and special effects in videos. Ae lets you create composites from multiple elements like 2D and 3D images and text, then add an audio track. Adobe’s Creative Cloud products all integrate together, so you can start a project in Photoshop or Illustrator and finish it in After Effects. You can design infographics or animated GIFs to upload to social media using After Effects and other Creative Cloud products. Some Animators use the program to create animated videos from start to finish. 

Why Learn After Effects

If you want to switch to a career as a Motion Graphics Designer or Special Effects Artist, learning After Effects is a good step in that direction. After Effects is used to create film titles and end credits for films and television programs. You can animate logos and icons, for videos, websites, and mobile apps. After Effects is also used to remove a green screen in post-production and replace cell phone, computer, and television screens in TV shows and movies. You can create animated effects with the rotoscoping and motion tracking tools, and put together a library of favorite plugins to use over and over in your projects. 

After Effects has been around for many years and is well-known when it comes to motion graphics and visual effects. Learning this powerful product can be a challenge, so many people sign up for a class to make the process easier.

Best After Effects Classes & Schools in Chicago

Adobe After Effects Level 1 Ascend Training - Near North Side 11 E. Illinois, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Students will get an introduction to Adobe After Effects and then move on to creating compositions, basic animation techniques, and working with keyframes, layers, effects, modes, masks, and mattes. At the completion of this course, students will be able to create video projects including animation for websites and broadcast media. 

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, but a basic knowledge of computers is necessary for success in this class.

Duration: Part-time course with two 3-hour sessions

Price: $449

Adobe After Effects Level 2  Ascend Training - Near North Side 11 E. Illinois, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

This intermediate After Effects class moves beyond Level 1 into more complex operations like creating compositions from multiple images, both still and video. The course will also cover using layers and keyframes, drawing and painting tools, animation, working with audio, time and tracking, working in 3D space, and rending the final product.

Prerequisites: Students need a basic knowledge of working with Adobe After Effects, either from taking a prior class or experience.

Duration: Two 6-hour sessions

Price: $999

After Effects Part 1 Computer Training Source, Inc. 1821 Walden Office Sq Ste 400, At Arbor Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173

In this beginner’s After Effects class, students will learn about the workflow, how to customize the workspace, import files, add audio, create a composition and arrange layers, adding effects and animation, understanding the timeline, and rendering and exporting the finished video. The course will also address rotoscoping, chroma keying, and advanced editing techniques like camera stabilization, motion tracking, particle effects, and timewarp.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, but a basic knowledge of computers is necessary for success in this class.

Duration: Full-time course with three 7-hour sessions

Price: $999

After Effects Part 2 Computer Training Source, Inc. 1821 Walden Office Sq Ste 400, At Arbor Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173

This intermediate/advanced-level After Effects class covers animating multimedia presentations, working with the 3D tracker effect, and rendering and outputting with Adobe Media Encoder.

Prerequisites: It is recommended that students take an introductory After Effects course before enrolling in this one.

Duration: Two 3-hour sessions

Price: $699

Chicago Industries That Use After Effects

Two industries that hire people with After Effects skills are motion graphics companies and advertising agencies. Some studios take on all kinds of graphic design work and others specialize in motion graphics. Some motion graphics companies located in Chicago are What a Story, Bottle Rocket Media, Social Driver, Skalawag Productions, Umault, Demo Duck, INDIRAP, and Flightless.

Advertising agencies create campaigns for print, digital, and broadcast media and often hire Motion Graphics Designers for animated text and image work. Some advertising agencies located in Chicago are encite branding + marketing + creative, the Remnant Agency, SGK, Comrade Digital Marketing Agency, Social Driver, Bijou Studios, and 97 Switch

After Effects Jobs & Salaries in Chicago

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook there are 180 Special Effects Artists and Animators working in Chicago earning an annual mean wage of around $71,000. There are around 8,000 people working as Graphic Designers in the area at a yearly mean wage of $62,000.

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