Advanced Motion Methods

Advanced Animation Training in After Effects

In Advanced Motion Methods you'll learn how to structure animations according to geometric proportions found in nature, deal with complexity, create cool transitions, and learn tips that only a seasoned After Effects veteran with years of experience can give. This course is built for working professionals that are looking for mentorship to push themselves to add more to their compositions and push themselves to the next level.

Course Duration
9 Weeks
Software
After Effects
Verified Credential
Advanced 2D Animation
Next Session Starts:
October 10, 2022
Next Session Starts:
As soon as you register
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Cohort-based learning

Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson

Technical & Creative Support Along the Way

Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Course Overview

Ready for a challenge? Take your animation skills to the next level with this After Effects Masterclass taught by one of the top After Effects animators in the world, Sander van Dijk. Master these techniques on artwork that mimics the work created by the best studios in the world. In this course, you’ll learn how to structure animations according to geometric proportions found in nature, deal with complexity, and create visually impactful and conceptually meaningful transitions.

You’ll need a healthy appreciation and grasp of After Effects, as we’re hitting the ground running. Challenge yourself with complex artistic problems and animation conundrums, use advanced skills to create unique compositions, and show off some truly impressive projects. This course will provide you with skills that can add to any design or animation work you plan to do in the future.

Course Outcomes
Design animation using geometric and natural principles
Learn how to use complex transitions to enhance your work
Develop a new animation using advanced After Effects techniques

What You'll Learn

Each week is jam-packed with intense learning. While you have some flexibility in how you tackle your workload, the course is curated in a specific order. We build up foundations that support more and more advanced techniques with lessons to practice your new skills along the way.

Week 1
Day 1
You'll Learn:
Tips to improve your workflow.
Increase your speed with hotkeys.

Meet your classmates and get comfy with the course format. In the first lesson, Sander has a handful of workflow tips to help set you up for success with this course.

Week 2
Day 2
You'll Learn:
Sander's 5 Animation Methods.
Creating time-saving animatics.
Animating in phases.

Learn about the importance of creating an animatic before jumping into animating. You’ll explore structuring your animation to music, and how to time things for the most visual impact. We’ll also discuss moving objects with a purpose.

Week 3
Day 3
You'll Learn:
When to use different transitions.
Effectively using match cuts.
Creating complex transitions.

How do you animate from one design to the next? It’s time to tackle transitions. One you’ve mastered simpler editorial transitions, you’ll explore more complex versions using the Blend Manifesto as an example.

Week 4
Day 4
You'll Learn:
Project organization tips.
Changing aspect ratios.
Problem solving.

When you’re working with complex files, organization can fall by the wayside and things can get out of hand very quickly. During the catchup week, we have some tips and tricks to stay organized and keep those files managed. We’ll also talk about changing aspect ratios and how to overcome the challenges that creates, which is becoming more common in the age of social media.

Week 5
Day 5
You'll Learn:
Managing complex animation.
Solving animation problems.
Using rigs and expressions.

This week, it’s time to tackle complex animations. Even better, we’ll show you how to make something that looks intense but isn't’ actually that difficult. These animations can be achieved through a variety of techniques that are simple when used alone, but put together can create some very complex movements. Then we’ll focus on animating things that are actually complicated, how to handle dealing with that complexity, and how to break things down into manageable chunks.

Week 6
Day 6
You'll Learn:
Dealing with imposter syndrome.
Overcoming your fears.

In this second Focus Week, we’ll give you actionable tips to help you overcome your fear of failure while you focus on getting your exercises completed.

Week 7
Day 7
You'll Learn:
Completing a large project.
Using your new skills.
Adding polish to a piece.

In this final week, you’ll combine all of the knowledge you’ve gained in this course in one last big project. We’ll provide you with a brief and some boards created by Sara Beth Morgan to animate. Sander will guide you along the way in his own project, showing even more animation tips and tricks. You’ll gain access to over 20 hours of footage of Sander working on this final project in real time for those who really want to dive in deep on the techniques that he demonstrates. This final project is no joke.

Weeks 8-9
You'll Learn:
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.

What You'll Get

School of Motion courses are custom-built to provide you with an unmatched learning experience. We want you to actually enjoy logging into your classes, and we’ve designed our programs to be the most effective form of online education out there. In every course, you’ll get:

Cohort-Based Learning

Join artists from around the world on our custom learning platform. Never learn alone, as you’ll have immediate access to a forum of fellow students to share work, ask questions, and improve together. 

Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson

Each course comes packed with free project files, assets, and additional material to keep you learning and growing long after the course ends. Our exercises are designed from real world briefs, so you’re learning the skills you need to excel on your next project or venture.

Technical & Creative Support Along the Way

You’ll be assigned a Teaching Assistant with years of experience in your chosen course. They’ll provide technical and creative feedback to guide you through new skills, improve your techniques, and provide encouragement along your journey. 

Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Completing a course isn’t just about bragging rights. Once you’ve completed at least 70% of your work in a given course, you’ll earn a verified credential that can show current and future employers exactly what you’ve accomplished.

Permanent Access to Course Material

We all need a refresher now and again, which is why you’ll keep access to your course—and all the assets and project files—for the rest of your life. Come back to listen to exclusive interviews, review old lessons, and try out new techniques using your old assets.

An Expansive Alumni Community

You’ll gain instant access to our alumni platform, The Square. Here you can network with professional artists at every stage of their career. You’ll get access to new job opportunities and exclusive alumni events, such as meetups, virtual hangouts and reel reviews. 

Upcoming Course Dates

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Our cohort-based leaning program runs on a designated schedule, so you’ll always have a group of like-minded artists working alongside you for support and encouragement. We offer multiple sessions each year, so choose the best start date for you and get ready to go!

October 10, 2022
Fall 2022
Course Starts:
As soon as you register
Course Duration
9 Weeks
Enroll By
October 13, 2022
Always Open
Enrollment Options
Pay all at once
$997

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Full Price
$997
Pay all at once

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Full Price
$348
3 payments of
$348

One payment now, two more 30 and 60 days from now = $1044.

3 payments of

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Free Course
This one's on us!
January 9, 2023
Winter 2023
Course Starts:
As soon as you register
Course Duration
9 Weeks
Enroll By
January 12, 2023
Always Open
Enrollment Options
Pay all at once
$997

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Pay all at once

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Full Price
$348
3 payments of
$348

One payment now, two more 30 and 60 days from now = $1044.

3 payments of

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Free Course
This one's on us!
April 10, 2023
Spring 2023
Course Starts:
As soon as you register
Course Duration
9 Weeks
Enroll By
April 13, 2023
Enrollment Options
Pay all at once
$997

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Full Price
$997
Pay all at once

Pay the full amount all at once. The simplest, lowest-cost option.

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Full Price
$348
3 payments of
$348

One payment now, two more 30 and 60 days from now = $1044.

3 payments of

Cohort-Based Learning
Technical & Creative Support
In-Depth Feedback
Verified Credential
Free Course
This one's on us!

Course Instructor

Sander van Dijk
Creative Director & Animator

Sander is an animator who loves propelling the Motion Design industry forward by cultivating the MoGraph community and building tools for After Effects, including Ray Dynamic Color and Texture. He’s also one of the co-founders of the überpopular conference, Blend. He is widely recognized as one of the top After Effects artists in the world. He believes that motion design is an incredible tool to communicate ideas and can be used for the betterment of society, so he chooses to work with clients and projects who help shape a better world. He hopes that by sharing his knowledge, he’ll be able to inspire creativity, individuality and confidence in other creatives.

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FAQs

How do I know if this course is right for me?

Advanced Motion Methods is for people who are established animators and are looking for an extra level of polish. They know the graph editor, and they have strong After Effects chops, but they want more. These people are looking for more theory based training, where they'll be learning techniques to refine their work. They'll get an inside look into how Sander Van Dijk creates his animations, learning every step of his process. They'll learn about structuring an animation, choosing and implementing different transitions, and breaking down complex problems. Along with many other tips and tricks to speed up their workflow.

What are the prerequisites?

You should have a few years of experience working on client projects in After Effects, including creating boards and then animating them. To get the most out of this course you will want to know how to easily navigate the After Effects interface, what different layer types are and how they function, be proficient in the graph editor, and understand the basics of expressions. You will also need an advanced understanding of the principles of animation and design. Unless you are very experienced, we strongly recommend taking Animation Bootcamp and Design Bootcamp before taking this course. Taking Expression Session before this course can be beneficial, but is not required.

For more on our 2D animation curriculum you can check out this article: A Guide to School of Motion Animation Courses and watch our Student Showcase video highlighting After Effects & Animation courses.

What is the required software?

After Effects CC (16.0 or Higher)

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (19.1.5 or Higher)

Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 (22.1.0 or Higher)

Adobe Fonts (Included with Adobe CC Subscriptions)

What is the course format?

Advanced Motion Methods is a 9-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!

How much time do I need to commit?

Advanced Motion Methods is a 9-week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However, you can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on course material. The video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 8 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 9-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.

Can I access my course content after the course ends?

Yes! Once you complete Advanced Motion Methods, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Advanced Motion Methods following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version.

Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!

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