Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe After Effects Course: Level 1

Adobe After Effects. Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from Adobe Creative Cloud. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud CC versions and some visual and functional differences may exist. Project files created in Adobe Premiere Pro as part of training may not be compatible with earlier versions.

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Designed to allow those new to Motion Graphics get the most from this immensely powerful software. Whether you are a graphic designer, web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects allows you to create stunning industry standard broadcast quality motion graphics and visual effects.


After Effects Interface

  • Workspace
  • Panels
  • Tools panel

New Project

  • Start a New Project
  • Importing Footage and Organising Media
  • Importing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Layer Import Options
  • Replace Footage with a Layered Composition
  • Preparing Illustrator files

Building Compositions

  • Create a New Composition
  • New Composition from an existing file
  • Composition Settings
  • Layer Properties in the Timeline Panel
  • Trim or Extend a Layer
  • Split Layers

Creating Animations

  • Keyframe Animation
  • Anchor Point
  • Aligning
  • Auto Orientate
  • Roving keyframes
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Parenting
  • Precompose
  • Nesting

Create Text

  • Creating Titles
  • Character and Paragraph Settings
  • Text Animation Presets
  • Adjust Text Animator Properties
  • Source Text Animation
  • Text on a Path

Create Shapes

  • Create a Shape
  • Shape Layer Properties
  • Animating Shapes
  • Trim Paths
  • Repeater

Motion Tracking

  • Motion Tracking Overview
  • Track Motion
  • Null Object
  • Motion Tracker Settings

Effects and Presets

  • Browse Effects & Presets
  • Warp Stabilizer
  • Motion Tile Effect
  • Radio Waves Effect
  • Puppet Tool
  • Motion Sketch
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Speed Change

Colour Correction and Grading

  • Basic Correction
  • Creative
  • RGB Curves
  • Hue Saturation Curves
  • Colour Wheels
  • Secondary Colour Corrector

Masking, Transparency and Keying

  • Masking
  • Tracking a Mask
  • Keying
  • Opacity and Blending Modes
  • Track Matte
  • Roto Brush & Refine Edge Tools

Introduction to 3D

  • Working with 3D Layers
  • Cameras
  • Move the Camera through a Scene
  • Lights & Shadows

Save and Export

  • Save and Export
  • Adobe Media Encoder

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to fast track themselves with motion graphics techniques. Assumes little or no prior knowledge of the software.

Delivery style

Presented as practical, instructor-led computer-based training in a computer lab.


You will be provided with a link to access and download your eBook prior to class.

Additional information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.

Adobe product box shot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe After Effects® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Extremely well paced and relevant activities delivered by a knowledgeable and patient facilitator. Perfect for a beginner introduction to Adobe After Effects.

  • I loved the course and the tutor was absolutely wonderful and very thorough – making sure no-one was left behind, and while a bit slower sometimes because of those who didn’t understand, no-one left without feeling 100% with what was covered.

  • Appreciate the manual, USB and files. Lunch tasty. Enjoyable course.

  • I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much in a very short period of time. I will recommend this course to my friends, for sure.

Adobe After Effects Course: Level 1

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What others say.

  • Excellent overview of Adobe After Effects and basic animation. Highly recommend of anyone wanting good foundations or just a refresher.
  • An amazing and informative class. Lots of fun projects and heals of different tools, effects and options to complete fun effects. I now feel comfortable working and complete projects from start to end in After Effects.
  • I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much in a very short period of time. I will recommend this course to my friends, for sure.
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