After Effects Kickstart By School of Motion

After Effects Kickstart will introduce you to the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects in the easiest and most fun way possible. You’ll dive head first into Adobe After Effects and begin creating animations from day one. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to animate a full :30 spot.

8 Weeks of video lessons, podcasts, guides, community and critique from pros. Better than in-person training School of Motion courses are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Along with world-class training, you’ll also get 1-on-1 feedback from an industry pro, a 24/7 network of likeminded artists, and more support than you’ll know what to do with. Over 17,000 artists have taken School of Motion courses, find out what all the hype is about.

Courses have been meticulously designed to simulate real-world situations so that you’re learning best-practices from day one. You’ll be challenged, supported, and celebrated by your fellow artists as you level-up in real-time.

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Level: Basic
Language: English
Subtitle: Yes, Available
Duration: 8 Weeks
Release date: 2019-12-14
Last Update: 2023-01-01
Softwares Used: After Effects, illustrator, Photoshop
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course. The only thing you need to take this class is a desire to learn After Effects and an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. We’ll take you from your first keyframes to your first completed :30 MoGraph piece.
  • Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (14.2.1 or Higher)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (18.0 or Higher)
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 (17.0 or Higher)
  • Adobe Fonts (Included with Adobe CC Subscription)

About The Instructor

Nol Honig

Nol Honig is a director, designer and animator in New York City. Since founding The Drawing Room in 2013, Nol has directed work for Coca Cola, The History Channel, The Philadelphia Museum of Art,, and others, and served as a design/animation lead for various clients including MTV and YouTube.

Course Descript Contents

After Effects Kickstart is for the true After Effects beginner. You could be brand new to the tool, or someone who is self taught but doesn't feel confident using the software. After Effects Kickstart will take you from the first keyframe to having all of the foundational knowledge that you will need to advance to the next level.

You'll learn about:

  • Animating type
  • Working with both Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in After Effects
  • Basic parenting Shape layers in After Effects
  • Using different effects
  • Basic animation principles
  • Different keyframe types
  • By the end you will be able to animate a short advertisement-style explainer video with provided artwork.


  • Learn the After Effects Interface
    Meet your classmates, get comfy with the course format, and then we’re getting to work. Nol will guide you step-by-step through your first AE animation, helping you learn and master the basics.
  • Layers, Sound, and Movement
    Start working with sound, and create your first kinetic type piece. By the end of this week you'll understand how to navigate in AE with more confidence, set keyframes, and start learning the importance of timing in your animations.
  • Creating Artwork for Animation
    This week we’re bringing in Photoshop and Illustrator. You'll learn to plan more complex animation, bring your Ps and Ai artwork to life, understand and use masks, perform color correction, and gain a basic understanding of rigging.
  • The Motion Design Industry
    Focus weeks to give you a chance to finish course work. Explore the journey of becoming a motion designer. Get tips on getting organized in AE, streamlining your workflow, and learn things you didn't know about After Effects.
  • Shape Layers, Mattes, and More
    Dive into the world of Shape Layers. Create artwork in AE using Shape Layers, Strokes, the Pen Tool and more. Use Track and Alpha Mattes, and explore different types of keyframes and motion paths.
  • Put it All Together
    Time to put all of your new knowledge to good use! It's up to you to animate a full :30 spot over the next few weeks to show off your MoGraph skills. We’ll also introduce you to 3D tools in AE, and give you a taste of the graph editor.
  • Extended Critique Period
    The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

After Effects Kickstart is an 8-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional Animators with real life experience in the industry. During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the students and Teaching Assistants in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

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