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Adobe After Effects for Motion Graphics

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
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  • Start Date(s): 13 April 2024
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, two days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Are you a designer who’d like to learn how to add animation to their designs?

Are you a content creator interested in producing your own animated logos, maybe for your YouTube channel or website?

If so, this is the course for you.

  • You’ll leave with a sound knowledge and control of key design and motion graphic techniques.
  • The course might also open up opportunities for you as a media producer.
  • The course is almost 100% hands-on practical work, with a small amount of supporting technical theory.
  • The aim of this course is to teach you valuable techniques which can then be applied to a range of other projects.

This is what previous attendees said:

'Really hands on. I felt like I learned a lot of useful information in a short space of time – and I can definitely apply this to my work. It's really great - would love to do an intermediate course.' ALH

'Our tutor was really nice! I enjoyed playing around with text effects, animating logos and seeing what’s possible.' MH

'A very good introduction to animation using After Effects software. I loved all of it. I would really like a follow up course.' NE

What you’ll study

Creative professionals are increasingly required to have a one-person-band approach to producing their work.

Increasing your software skillset will not only make you more employable but will also open up further creative avenues for you to explore.

On this course, you will:

  • work primarily with Adobe Illustrator and After Effects
  • learn how to use and manipulate basic shapes and text to create and animate a simple but eye-catching logo
  • build on these skills by learning how to utilise effects and expressions to enhance the design
  • integrate your designs into real world settings.

How you’re taught

There will be a combination of teaching and learning methods with an emphasis on demonstration, re-creation and experimentation.

Tutor profile:

Ben Arrowsuch is an Animator and Illustrator with a passion for visual storytelling, a proficiency in industry-standard software and a curious, creative professional.

After graduating from Cambridge School of Art Ben became a guest lecturer, inspiring other artists with his unique insights in the field, before beginning to work in the industry.

Ben's versatile skill set shines through his extensive industry experience, having worked for various clients both in-house and as a freelancer on a range of projects; from social media content and advertisements to campaign videos, Ben is able to effectively communicate ideas into a captivating visual experience.

Ben has created character animations and motion graphics for clients such as the Animal Justice Project, Mozilla, King Gaming, Edinburgh TV awards, and Tasetmade and has brought his artistry and digital design skills to life through engaging advertisements and content for renowned mobile games titles including Candy Crush.

Beyond the digital screen, Ben has showcased his work in a variety of esteemed exhibitions and events as part of the Thoughtcast collective and Circuit.

You can see Ben’s show reel and portfolio of work here.


Please bring with you to the first day:

  • a notepad and pen
  • USB stick with images you'd like to work with
  • if there is a specific reason you are learning motion graphics, please feel free to bring anything relevant with you that you would like to practice on.

Campus and facilities

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find collaborative working spaces where you develop your sketches and concepts, and IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginners

Entry requirements: You should be confident with using computers.

You must be over the age of 18 to attend this course.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £295.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply