Adobe After Effects - Beginning Motion Graphics


This course aims to equip you with fundamental concepts and techniques in the production of motion graphics and animation for digital video and interactive media.

Course content

  • Fundamental motion graphic animation concepts/introduction
  • Constructing an animation project
  • Understand the use of key frames over timelines and composition windows
  • Practical use of Alpha Channels and Track Mattes
  • Creative masking techniques and transparency modes
  • Creative use of Effects and Plugins
  • Editing composites and colour grading
  • Outputting and rendering projects

Ideal for

Professionals aiming to acquire basic to intermediate skills in the creation and development of motion graphics and digital imaging using Adobe After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Important Information

Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

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You will explore key concepts and strategies in the production of motion graphics and compositing. You will also create your own animation for broadcast or interactive application.


It is advised that you have prior basic and intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and some basic animation skills.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are provided including on-campus use of Mac computers.

Materials to bring

USB memory stick or portable hard drive.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Course Presenter - Peter McDonald
Peter McDonald graduated RMIT with a Bachelor of Animation and Interactive Media in 2013, with a focus on 2D animation and game design. He currently works as a Freelance Artist/Illustrator and 2D Animator, in addition to teaching in the Interactive Media Program at RMIT.


Alyssa Smedley

Alyssa is a founder, co-director and creative at Pirate Size Productions, a fledgling studio primarily working in animated content for kids and families.
Alyssa is also a freelance animator / and sessional teacher.


  • Great course and well facilitated by Peter. Peter K

    Learning a variety of topics was great. Peter was a legend. Very helpful. Grant

    The skills were very practical and relevant to such a broad range of applications. Peter was a wonderful teacher who was always hapy to answer questions. Andy

    The exercises and the scope of the topics it covered. Peter was very well prepared, friendly and helpful. Nicola

    The knowledge gained during the course. The program is pretty exciting so each class was a bit magic. Alice

    Learning techniques that I can use for work & my own enjoyment. Having a good instructor to talk through ideas and processes with. Jeremy

    Attended the course to learn about shortcuts and fundamental rules of after effects, the course taught me everything I was hoping to learn. Samantha

    Awesome beginners course relating to industry practice. Katrina

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Available course dates

Wednesday 14 August 2019

  • Code S345138
  • Start date 14.08.19
  • End date 02.10.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Places remaining 3
  • Fee $830.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Wed 14.08.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 21.08.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 28.08.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 04.09.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 11.09.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 18.09.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 25.09.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00
Wed 02.10.19 06:30pm 09:30pm 3.00

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