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Learn the art of animation and bring your creative visions to life with a variety of video animation classes in NYC. From 2D to 3D animation, you'll gain the skills and techniques needed to create captivating animations and enhance your storytelling abilities.

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Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

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

16 sessions

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After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(375) All levels 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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After Effects Certification Program

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

Enhance your motion graphics skills and become an Adobe After Effects pro with this comprehensive program. Earn a professional certification and stand out in the competitive world of animation and motion graphics. Take your skills to the next level in this hands-on course.

(375) All levels 18 and older
$2,499

12 sessions

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Video Editing & Motion Graphics (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY

Unlock the power of professional video editing and motion graphics with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Learn essential editing skills in Premiere Pro and then elevate your projects with dynamic motion graphics in After Effects. Whether you're an aspiring YouTuber or future filmmaker, this program will equip you with the tools to bring your creative vision to life.

(61) All levels 13 - 18 years old
$2,495

8 sessions

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After Effects in a Day

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

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

(375) All levels 18 and older
$425

2 sessions

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Motion Graphics with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and bring your imagination to life with Animation with After Effects. Discover the exciting world of animation and motion graphics in this hands-on summer program in NYC. Join us at NextGen Bootcamp and learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, master basic animation techniques, and create stunning visual effects.

(61) All levels 13 - 18 years old
$1,499

4 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Private Training

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(375) All levels 13 and older

After Effects Advanced

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

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course. 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.

(375) Advanced 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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Video Editing Certificate

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

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

13 sessions

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Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(375) All levels 18 and older
$975

3 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level I

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

Learn the essentials of Adobe After Effects for motion graphics and visual effects in this three-day introductory class. Gain a solid foundation in After Effects, including animation, keying, 3D, and rendering. Perfect for producers, editors, assistant editors, and motion graphics artists looking to create compelling motion graphics and visual effects.

(96) Beginner 16 and older
$1,295

3 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level II

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

Take your motion graphics skills to the next level with this two-day intermediate course. Learn industry-standard practices for creating stunning visual effects, and incorporating text, graphics, and effects into your movies. Enhance your proficiency in Adobe After Effects and take your work to new heights.

(96) Intermediate 16 and older
$1,095

2 sessions

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Adobe After Effects Level III

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

Take your Adobe After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course. Learn all about alphas, advanced formatting and rendering, 3D features, Photoshop integration, particles, color correction, and more. Perfect for producers, editors, assistant editors, and motion graphic artists looking to master the intricacies of Adobe After Effects.

(96) Advanced 16 and older
$1,095

2 sessions

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After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(681) All levels 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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After Effects in a Day

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(681) All levels 18 and older
$425

2 sessions

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After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY & 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.

(681) Advanced 18 and older
$975

6 sessions

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Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development

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

Discover how to create engaging and meaningful motion graphics and video edits from concept to completion in this in-depth course. Gain the skills necessary to build a professional portfolio and excel in the growing industries of motion graphics and video editing. Take the first step towards a career in this creative field.

(375) All levels 18 and older
$1,495

4 sessions

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Final Cut Pro X: An Introduction to Final Cut Pro

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

Unlock the full potential of Final Cut Pro X with our comprehensive introductory course. From basic editing techniques to advanced features, immerse yourself in hands-on learning with real-world media. Perfect for beginners and professionals seeking to master video editing with FCPX.

(96) Beginner 16 and older
$1,295

3 sessions

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Video Editing & Motion Graphics Certificate

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

Transform your videos with professional-level editing and captivating motion graphics. Master the art of video editing, audio editing, and animation with industry-standard software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, and Cinema 4D Lite. Elevate your skills and create impressive visual effects that will leave a lasting impact.

(375) All levels 18 and older
$4,995

19 sessions

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Basic Fundamentals of CINEMA 4D

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

Learn how to create realistic 3D images and objects for film, television, and video game design with the Basic Fundamentals of CINEMA 4D course at Manhattan Edit Workshop. Discover the user-friendly and powerful features of Cinema 4D, including working with primitives, polygons, splines, textures, lights, cameras, and dynamic animation. This course is perfect for VFX artists and editors looking to incorporate 3D modeling into their video work.

(96) Beginner 16 and older
$1,095

2 sessions

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Reviews for Animation Classes in NYC

Animation Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 1,213 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 11/7/2019
    Amazing instructor!
  • Adobe After Effects Level II

    Reviewed by Stephen T. on 10/18/2019
    I had a great time taking this course. Lessons were well paced, to the point, and gave me skills I was able to use immediately after.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Mary B. on 10/17/2019
    Great teacher! Learned a lot in one day.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 8/3/2019
    Very good for learning with no experience or for filling in the gaps from self teaching AfterEffects. Wish there were a little more complex concepts taught other than just moving shapes around on 2D space but you can only teach so much in a day. Got a little too quick towards the end when exporting projects and learning different compressions so it felt arbitrary to even explain. But overall good class and great teacher, perfect pace for learning from scratch and if you need to learn specifically how to make gifs and logos
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Anonymous review on 7/11/2019
    Mark's great! you get a great foundation on learning after effects!
  • After Effects Bootcamp

    Reviewed by Dov A. on 5/2/2019
    Kalika was a fantastic instructor bringing patience and humor to every lesson. Thanks to her, I have a strong grasp on the topics covered, am confident in my skills and capability to delve further into the app. Kalika is the rare teacher who goes the extra mile for her students because she's happy to. One suggestion note is that there are a few lessons that start off with importing or setting up in more than one way for the sake of learning how different modes function. I think the class would benefit from taking time in between the demonstrations to practice that part before continuing into the bulk of the lesson - I found that I forgot what the take-away was from that initial portion of the lesson by the time the demonstration was over, and conducting that portion on my own created an interruption between the demonstration and going through the section on my own.
  • Adobe After Effects Level I

    Reviewed by Jessica K. on 6/14/2018
    This is exactly what I needed to get a jump start on the basics of After Effects. Mark was a fantastic instructor!
  • After Effects in a Day

    Anonymous review on 5/17/2018
    The class was challenging, but it was a great introduction to what's possible in After Effects!
  • Adobe After Effects Level III

    Anonymous review on 3/29/2018
    It was what I needed. A lot was covered and I was able to fill my knowledge gaps regarding AE.
  • After Effects in a Day

    Reviewed by Vanessa S. on 3/19/2018
    Great teacher who's passionate about what she teaches. She's also really helpful and insightful with answering questions.

Discover the Best Animation Classes in NYC

Animation as a field has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Early animators used pen and ink, paintings, and even puppets for their creations, while animation techniques today usually require computer skills. Fields like motion graphics, video editing, and web design can all require animation proficiency.

Among the most popular tools for animation today are software programs from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Animate is great for incorporating video into presentations, Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing tools, and After Effects is an industry standard in film post-production.

Many tech workers with animation skills get their education through intensive bootcamps or certificate programs. If you are considering a career in animation, consider looking for a program that can deliver high-quality training in a concise timeframe. Read on to learn more about the best animation classes in the New York City metropolitan area.

Best Animation Classes & Schools in NYC

  • Noble Desktop - Noble Desktop hosts in-person courses at their Manhattan headquarters, or you can take them live online from anywhere. Their Motion Graphics Certificate includes a series of bootcamps on motion graphics and visual effects. Topics include Cinema 4D Lite, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator before enrollment.
  • Manhattan Edit Workshop - Manhattan area residents can also start their animation education through Manhattan Edit Workshop, which offers training in Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Autodesk applications. Their beginner-level After Effects course, Adobe After Effects Level I (Online), provides a three-day program for students aged 16 and older. While there are no animation prerequisites, basic Mac OS X knowledge is required.
  • NYC Career Centers - An even quicker deep dive into After Effects is available through Noble Desktop affiliate NYC Career Centers. Their After Effects in a Day course is a seven-hour course that teaches beginners about the After Effects interface, timeline, layer animation, and related topics. Beginners are welcome, but some experience using Photoshop is helpful.
  • NYIM Training - NYIM Training offers NYC residents classes like PowerPoint for Business, but you can take it online from anywhere. This 1-day hands-on workshop includes everything from SmartArt to layered objects, charts, and animation. For business professionals who want to learn animation basics, PowerPoint proficiency may be the only skill you need.
  • CourseHorse Experiences - Many animation pros use Figma, and CourseHorse is one of the few providers to offer training in New York City and online. The Figma Corporate Training program is a group event for 10+ that covers beginner, intermediate, and advanced Figma features. Contact CourseHorse for more information, including custom programs for teams.

NYC Industries That Use Animation

Industries in New York City that require animation include entertainment, healthcare, retail, advertising, and BFSI (banking, financial services, and insurance). However, the diverse industries with NYC representation include nearly every sector of this mammoth economy.

The advertising category alone can include social media, marketing, sales, and public relations, all giant factors in the New York economy. Healthcare opportunities range from marketing for entities like New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System to jobs for major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

Banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) are essential industries in NYC, too. Top Wall Street firms include BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, to name a few. And top insurers here include Travelers, New York Life, and MetLife—all powerhouse corporations.

Healthcare and BFSI might not be the first things you think of when you think about animation, but these companies need video for a broad range of applications. Websites and sales presentations often require popular animation tools like PowerPoint, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, all essentials for many NYC businesses.

Animation Jobs & Salaries in NYC

As the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by GDP, New York-Newark-Jersey City tops $2 trillion, a significant percentage of the country’s GDP. Industries like consulting services, FinTech, and even construction attract workers from around the U.S., including artists, video specialists, and animation pros. Although newcomers to the Big Apple are sometimes concerned about the high cost of post-pandemic living, they soon learn of the area’s above-average salaries. In a word, New York City is back.

Entertainment, healthcare, and banking services are among the top three sectors for animation pros in New York, but you can find challenging work in nearly every industry and sector here. Art and design, marketing and advertising, and retail are all sectors for Animators to explore.

While a Video Editor can expect to earn an annual salary of around $63,000 in New York City, the annual pay rate for a skilled 2D Animator averages about $72,000. Motion Graphics Designers do even better, averaging around $82,000 in annual compensation. And an experienced 3D Animator tops them all, with an average salary of as much as $91,000 annually.

At the high end of the scale are management or directorial roles. NYC Video Managers earn an average annual salary of about $92,000, and experienced Art Directors can exceed six figures, with an annual pay rate as high as $101,000.

Consider enrolling in a bootcamp or certificate program to build animation skills, particularly if you plan to train for a broader video editing or motion graphics role. If you want to be a Motion Graphics Designer, you might need intermediate or advanced After Effects and Premiere Pro Skills or proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design software. Whichever career path you choose, the right animation role can be challenging and financially rewarding.

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