After Effects Classes NYC

Master the art of motion graphics and visual effects with After Effects classes in NYC. Learn from industry professionals and gain the skills to bring your creative vision to life in this popular Adobe software.

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Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Become a Motion Graphics Designer. As demand for video continues to grow, the need for Animators and Video Editors has increased. Learn the apps professionals use (Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, & Cinema 4D Lite) and build your demo reel (portfolio). Learn motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe After Effects, render 3D animations using Cinema 4D Lite, and start editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. Develop a workflow for going...

Monday Nov 6th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (17 sessions)


17 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Start creating motion graphics and animations using professional techniques. Learn to create animations, titles, 3D objects, and much more. Learn through hands-on real-world projects, with step-by-step exercises, in small classes led by a leading motion graphics instructor. This After Effects training will take you from the basics (such as understanding the workspace and foundational animation techniques), through more advanced animation techniques...

Tuesday Oct 24th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

After Effects

DCTV @ 87 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Adobe After Effects is the leading software for the creation of motion graphics, animation, video effects, and visually stunning titles. This popular workshop introduces system setup, text and layer animation, working with masks, animating cut-outs, keyframing and compositing. See your footage morph into a new dimension! Topics: Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets Animating Text Rendering and Outputting Animating Layers Working with...

Monday Oct 16th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level I

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

An Introduction to Adobe After Effects This three-day introductory class is designed to teach you the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects. Throughout the course, you'll learn about traditional After Effects workflow, basic animation using effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying, and 3D. You'll also learn about rendering and output, which are crucial for producing high-quality projects....

Monday Oct 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level III

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

This two-day advanced class will help you achieve better results from this comprehensive application. Building on concepts from After Effects Level 1 and Level 2 classes, this course covers all about alphas (straight vs. pre-multiplied alphas, working with Photoshop and Illustrator and vector paint) and advanced formatting and rendering (video, interlaced footage and fields, 3:2 pulldown, pre-rendering and proxies, as well as advanced rendering...

Saturday Nov 18th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level II

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

This two-day intermediate class will take you beyond the basics by focusing on industry standard best-practices for creating motion graphics.  Building on concepts learned in the level one class, you will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects to your movies.  Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects and be able to perform work with a high level of efficiency....

Thursday Oct 26th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn Advanced After Effects Techniques In this intermediate/advanced After Effects course, we’ll take your After Effects skills to the next level.  We'll master text animations and create transitions between multiple layouts. Through several hands-on real-world projects integrating graphic elements with audio, video and photo elements, we'll master motion graphics workflow to create advanced projects, taking them from the initial design...

Monday Nov 13th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Get comfortable with After Effects by creating standalone videos, animations, special effects, animated titles, and more. Make professional videos for web and TV broadcast in no time at all. After Effects is a powerful tool from Adobe's suite of design software, used for animation and video post-production. Its sleek but robust user interface makes it possible to create professional videos and animations with a very small learning curve. Create...

Monday Oct 23rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Adobe After Effects Crash Course

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

One of the most used animation and visual effects packages in the world today. A basic and invaluable tool for any artist, After Effects is increasingly used in the realm of fine art. This workshop will introduce students to the possibilities of AE, students will learn how to get started with the basics of After Effects, building projects and be introduced to the various aspects of working with moving images and creating simple animations. Open...

Wednesday Nov 15th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Introduction to Adobe After Effects Deal

Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Plexus Creative @ 198 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Adobe After Effects is a creative industry standard tool for motion graphics and compositing. This hands-on workshop will cover all the key fundamentals of working in Adobe After Effects including building compositions, working with layers, animating, adding effects, designing in 3D, and rendering. We will walkthrough sample projects demonstrating how different tools and techniques come together in real-world creative workflows. Topics Covered...

Saturday Dec 2nd, 11am–5pm Eastern Time


After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more. Learn to start using After Effects to animate photos, text, video, and add music/sounds. You can even import files from Illustrator (such as a logo) or Photoshop and animate their elements. Get started in this 6-hour workshop. Recommendations: Basic knowledge of Adobe...

Monday Dec 18th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time


Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn animation fundamentals in this After Effects summer program in NYC. Do you have a passion for animation and motion graphics? Use After Effects to make your own animations and motion graphics. In this fun hands-on summer course in NYC, you'll learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, then dive right into basic animation concepts and processes. From there, the program will move on to more complex techniques like title and text animation,...

Monday Aug 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

In this advanced After Effects course, you’ll master text and shape animations and learn how to use the video compositing features in After Effects. Through hands-on, real-world projects you'll master the After Effects workflow: the process motion graphics designers and compositers take, to create projects from conception to final delivery. We’ll cover expressions (the scripting language of After Effects) to speed up your animation process,...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn the basics of creating and animating 3D graphics and inserting them into After Effects projects. You’ll use Cinema 4D Lite, a limited but feature rich version of Maxon’s award–winning Cinema 4D software. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn different techniques of creating and working with 3D models. You’ll also learn how to create and assign textures, create animations, and round–trip to After Effects using the Cineware effect....

Monday Nov 27th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

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Discover the Best After Effects Classes in NYC

Motion Graphics Designers and Special Effects Artists use Adobe After Effects (Ae) to create animated titles, graphics, and special effects viewers remember. With Ae you can create composites and blend multiple media elements like 2D and 3D images, text, and audio for compelling visuals. One of the best features of After Effects is the way it integrates with other Adobe products like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. After Effects has been the industry standard when it comes to motion graphics and visual effects for many years. This powerful product can be challenging to learn, so many people prefer to sign up for a class.

Why Learn After Effects

After Effects is versatile. Because it is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, it works well with other Adobe products. You can start with a photo from Photoshop, a drawing from Illustrator, or a video from Premiere Pro, then import the file into After Effects to add titles and other effects. For example, you can easily design infographics or animated GIFs for social media using After Effects and other Creative Cloud products. This is the most common way to work in Ae but some Animators use the program to create animated videos from start to finish. 

After Effects is great for creating film titles and end credits for television and films. You can also add animation to logos and icons videos, websites, and mobile apps. Another common use for After Effects is to create composites from multiple frames or to remove a green screen in post-production. Other animation effects in After Effects are rotoscoping and motion tracking. Finally, you can create a library of plugin effects that you can use over and over in projects.

Best After Effects Classes & Schools in NYC

After Effects in a Day at Noble Desktop, 185 Madison Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016

This hands-on After Effects class covers the essentials, like the user interface, timeline, layering animation, fading in and out, and other effects. This class will get students started with animating photos, graphics, text, and videos, and adding a soundtrack. 

Prerequisites: This is a course for beginners with no prior knowledge of Adobe After Effects. Basic Photoshop and Illustrator experience is helpful, as are design skills, but not required.

Duration: One 7-hour session

Cost: $425

Adobe After Effects Level 1 at Manhattan Edit Workshop, 119 W. 23rd St., Ste. 1000, New York, NY 10011

This is an introduction to Adobe After Effects, a powerful motion graphics and animation tool. The class is for beginners and will start with the After Effects workflow, fundamentals of motion graphics, creating basic animations with presets and effects, working with masks, animating text, working with shape layers, distortion and other effects, and rendering and exporting the finished project.

Prerequisites: There are no formal class prerequisites, although students will need basic knowledge of Mac OS X.

Duration: Three, full-time 8-hour sessions

Cost: $1,295

After Effects Bootcamp at Noble Desktop, 185 Madison Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016

This is an in-depth After Effects Bootcamp that aims to teach students to use Adobe After Effects to create animations from still images and add graphics and movement. This course is designed to take beginning students from learning the After Effects interface, timeline, and layers, to correcting color and adding audio to video footage. Class assignments are based on real-world tasks and when students complete the class, they will have a video that can be added to a demo reel or uploaded to social media. 

Prerequisites: Before signing up for this class, students should be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, so plan to take those classes first if you have never used either tool. Basic knowledge of video editing and design skills are also helpful, but not required.

Duration: After Effects Bootcamp is taught in three, full-time 7-hour sessions or six, part-time 3-hour sessions.

Cost: $975

Motion Graphics Certificate at Noble Desktop, 185 Madison Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016

This Motion Graphics Certificate program goes beyond Adobe After Effects to prepare students for jobs as Motion Graphics Designers. In addition to After Effects, the course covers video editing with Premiere Pro which includes editing, adding music and voice overs, fixing dialogue, transitions between clips, and color correction. Then students will learn how to create animations with After Effects including animating text and graphics, greenscreen removal, replacing backgrounds, rotoscoping, and screen replacement. Students will also learn to make 3D models with Cinema 4D. Finally, students will get help with creating a demo reel including motion graphics projects that they can show to prospective employers and clients.

Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisites for this class, but a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator and basic knowledge of video editing and design skills are helpful.

Duration:17, full-time 7-hour sessions or 34, part-time 3-hour sessions

Cost: $3,495

NYC Industries That Use After Effects

There are many employment opportunities for Motion Graphics Designers in New York City and nearby regions. Some industries that use motion graphics and animation in the area are television and film studios, advertising agencies, and motion graphics studios.

Television and Film

Television and film are often the first industries that come to mind when people think about tools like After Effect. Motion Graphics Designers create title and end credits for TV shows and feature films, as well as “lower third” effects like chyrons that scroll across the bottom of the screen and channel identification. Some television companies based in NYC are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Cable channels ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, MTV, Fox News, and HBO. Some movie production companies located in New York include Paramount Pictures, Focus Features, 20th Century Studios, Sony Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, New York Motion Picture Company, RadicalMedia, Merchant Ivory Productions, Warner Brothers, and The Walt Disney Company.

It can be tough to break into the television and film industry. One place where many people with After Effects skills start is on sports and news shows. Another common task is screen replacement for cell phones, computers, and televisions. 


Many people with After Effects skills find work in advertising. Whether you work for an agency or in the advertising department of a company, Motion Graphics Designers are often hired to create animated logos, design moving text, and animate objects for ads on television, websites, mobile apps, and social media. People who know After Effects also work as freelancers to create motion graphics for small businesses. Some local media production companies in New York are DEG Productions, Beverly Boy Productions, and Soul Kitchen Creative. 

Motion Graphics Studios

Some studios specialize in motion graphics and hire people who know how to use tools like Adobe After Effects. Some of these commercial production studios in NYC are Ultivid, Press to Play, Speedy Animation, StartupBug, and The Garden Creative.

After Effects Jobs & Salaries in NYC

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook lists New York City as the fourth highest metropolitan area for Special Effects Artists and Animators. There are more than 1,300 people currently employed in the field in NYC earning an annual mean wage of around $96,000.