Animation Classes NYC

Apply Filters

Common Time Filters


Days of the Week

Class Time

Class Start Date

Skill Level




47 classes have spots left

Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Become a Motion Graphics Designer. As demand for video continues to grow, the need for Animators and Video Editors has increased. Learn the apps professionals use (Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, & Cinema 4D Lite) and build your demo reel (portfolio). Learn motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe After Effects, render 3D animations using Cinema 4D Lite, and start editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. Develop a workflow for going...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (34 sessions)


34 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Start creating motion graphics and animations using professional techniques. Learn to create animations, titles, 3D objects, and much more. Learn through hands-on real-world projects, with step-by-step exercises, in small classes led by a leading motion graphics instructor. This After Effects training will take you from the basics (such as understanding the workspace and foundational animation techniques), through more advanced animation techniques...

Tuesday Oct 24th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn animation fundamentals in this After Effects summer program in NYC. Do you have a passion for animation and motion graphics? Use After Effects to make your own animations and motion graphics. In this fun hands-on summer course in NYC, you'll learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, then dive right into basic animation concepts and processes. From there, the program will move on to more complex techniques like title and text animation,...

Monday Aug 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Video Editing & Animation Certificate (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Edit Videos with Premiere Pro Adobe Premiere Pro is the industry-standard editing software used by professionals. In the first unit of this certificate program, you'll learn skills to create polished video projects in Premiere Pro, including how to import footage, organize your media in a timeline, speed up and slow down footage, color-correct video, and other foundational editing techniques. Whether you're thinking of starting a YouTube channel...

Monday Aug 5th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

3D Creation Essentials with Blender

NYC Center for Media Education @ 515 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

This class offers an introduction to the world of 3D creation with Blender, a free professional 3D creation application. You will learn how to navigate the 3D workspace, create basic 3D shapes, work with materials, cameras, and lighting, and create very basic keyframe animation.  While no prior experience with 3D software is necessary, advanced computer skills are required. What you will learn How to navigate a 3D workspace How to...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Animation Classes Gift Card

Thousands of classes. No expiration. You choose the $ amount. Select a category or let the recipient pick.

Buy a Gift Card

Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

So You Want a Job in Motion Graphics or Video Editing, But Aren't Sure Where to Start? Everyone wants to have a cool video for their presentation, website, or social media channel. YouTube is the most popular social media platform with 81% of adults in the United States as users. While TikTok (a platform devoted entirely to video) may only count 21% of U.S. adults as users, that's still almost 60 million people. Video, whether live or animated,...

Friday Sep 22nd, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

After Effects

DCTV @ 87 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Adobe After Effects is the leading software for the creation of motion graphics, animation, video effects, and visually stunning titles. This popular workshop introduces system setup, text and layer animation, working with masks, animating cut-outs, keyframing and compositing. See your footage morph into a new dimension! Topics: Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets Animating Text Rendering and Outputting Animating Layers Working with...

Monday Nov 6th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level I

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

This three-day introductory class introduces you to the essentials for this powerful application for motion graphics and visual effects.  Topics include traditional after effects workflow, basic animation with effects and presets, introductory text animation, basic keying and 3D, rending and output. Prerequisite: Basic Mac OS X knowledge. Audience: Producers, editors, assistant editors and motion graphics artists interested in the basics...

Monday Oct 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level II

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

This two-day intermediate class will take you beyond the basics by focusing on industry standard best-practices for creating motion graphics.  Building on concepts learned in the level one class, you will learn how to incorporate text, graphics, and effects to your movies.  Upon completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the menu and tools in After Effects and be able to perform work with a high level of efficiency....

Thursday Sep 28th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Adobe After Effects Level III

Manhattan Edit Workshop @ 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

This two-day advanced class will help you achieve better results from this comprehensive application. Building on concepts from After Effects Level 1 and Level 2 classes, this course covers all about alphas (straight vs. pre-multiplied alphas, working with Photoshop and Illustrator and vector paint) and advanced formatting and rendering (video, interlaced footage and fields, 3:2 pulldown, pre-rendering and proxies, as well as advanced rendering...

Saturday Sep 30th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

After Effects Advanced

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn Advanced After Effects Techniques In this intermediate/advanced After Effects course, we’ll take your After Effects skills to the next level.  We'll master text animations and create transitions between multiple layouts. Through several hands-on real-world projects integrating graphic elements with audio, video and photo elements, we'll master motion graphics workflow to create advanced projects, taking them from the initial design...

Monday Nov 13th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Adobe After Effects Crash Course

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

One of the most used animation and visual effects packages in the world today. A basic and invaluable tool for any artist, After Effects is increasingly used in the realm of fine art. This workshop will introduce students to the possibilities of AE, students will learn how to get started with the basics of After Effects, building projects and be introduced to the various aspects of working with moving images and creating simple animations. Open...

Wednesday Nov 15th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

NYC Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Get comfortable with After Effects by creating standalone videos, animations, special effects, animated titles, and more. Make professional videos for web and TV broadcast in no time at all. After Effects is a powerful tool from Adobe's suite of design software, used for animation and video post-production. Its sleek but robust user interface makes it possible to create professional videos and animations with a very small learning curve. Create...

Monday Oct 23rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Cinema 4D in After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop @ 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 & Virtually Online

Learn the basics of creating and animating 3D graphics and inserting them into After Effects projects. You’ll use Cinema 4D Lite, a limited but feature rich version of Maxon’s award–winning Cinema 4D software. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn different techniques of creating and working with 3D models. You’ll also learn how to create and assign textures, create animations, and round–trip to After Effects using the Cineware effect....

Tuesday Sep 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Reset all filters.

No results found

Try removing some filters.

Discover the Best Animation Classes in NYC

Animation as a field has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Early animators used pen and ink, paintings, and even puppets for their creations, while animation techniques today usually require computer skills. Fields like motion graphics, video editing, and web design can all require animation proficiency.

Among the most popular tools for animation today are software programs from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Animate is great for incorporating video into presentations, Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing tools, and After Effects is an industry standard in film post-production.

Many tech workers with animation skills get their education through intensive bootcamps or certificate programs. If you are considering a career in animation, consider looking for a program that can deliver high-quality training in a concise timeframe. Read on to learn more about the best animation classes in the New York City metropolitan area.

Best Animation Classes & Schools in NYC

  • Noble Desktop - Noble Desktop hosts in-person courses at their Manhattan headquarters, or you can take them live online from anywhere. Their Motion Graphics Certificate includes a series of bootcamps on motion graphics and visual effects. Topics include Cinema 4D Lite, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator before enrollment.
  • Manhattan Edit Workshop - Manhattan area residents can also start their animation education through Manhattan Edit Workshop, which offers training in Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Autodesk applications. Their beginner-level After Effects course, Adobe After Effects Level I (Online), provides a three-day program for students aged 16 and older. While there are no animation prerequisites, basic Mac OS X knowledge is required.
  • NYC Career Centers - An even quicker deep dive into After Effects is available through Noble Desktop affiliate NYC Career Centers. Their After Effects in a Day course is a seven-hour course that teaches beginners about the After Effects interface, timeline, layer animation, and related topics. Beginners are welcome, but some experience using Photoshop is helpful.
  • NYIM Training - NYIM Training offers NYC residents classes like PowerPoint for Business, but you can take it online from anywhere. This 1-day hands-on workshop includes everything from SmartArt to layered objects, charts, and animation. For business professionals who want to learn animation basics, PowerPoint proficiency may be the only skill you need.
  • CourseHorse Experiences - Many animation pros use Figma, and CourseHorse is one of the few providers to offer training in New York City and online. The Figma Corporate Training program is a group event for 10+ that covers beginner, intermediate, and advanced Figma features. Contact CourseHorse for more information, including custom programs for teams.

NYC Industries That Use Animation

Industries in New York City that require animation include entertainment, healthcare, retail, advertising, and BFSI (banking, financial services, and insurance). However, the diverse industries with NYC representation include nearly every sector of this mammoth economy.

The advertising category alone can include social media, marketing, sales, and public relations, all giant factors in the New York economy. Healthcare opportunities range from marketing for entities like New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System to jobs for major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

Banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) are essential industries in NYC, too. Top Wall Street firms include BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, to name a few. And top insurers here include Travelers, New York Life, and MetLife—all powerhouse corporations.

Healthcare and BFSI might not be the first things you think of when you think about animation, but these companies need video for a broad range of applications. Websites and sales presentations often require popular animation tools like PowerPoint, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, all essentials for many NYC businesses.

Animation Jobs & Salaries in NYC

As the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by GDP, New York-Newark-Jersey City tops $2 trillion, a significant percentage of the country’s GDP. Industries like consulting services, FinTech, and even construction attract workers from around the U.S., including artists, video specialists, and animation pros. Although newcomers to the Big Apple are sometimes concerned about the high cost of post-pandemic living, they soon learn of the area’s above-average salaries. In a word, New York City is back.

Entertainment, healthcare, and banking services are among the top three sectors for animation pros in New York, but you can find challenging work in nearly every industry and sector here. Art and design, marketing and advertising, and retail are all sectors for Animators to explore.

While a Video Editor can expect to earn an annual salary of around $63,000 in New York City, the annual pay rate for a skilled 2D Animator averages about $72,000. Motion Graphics Designers do even better, averaging around $82,000 in annual compensation. And an experienced 3D Animator tops them all, with an average salary of as much as $91,000 annually.

At the high end of the scale are management or directorial roles. NYC Video Managers earn an average annual salary of about $92,000, and experienced Art Directors can exceed six figures, with an annual pay rate as high as $101,000.

Consider enrolling in a bootcamp or certificate program to build animation skills, particularly if you plan to train for a broader video editing or motion graphics role. If you want to be a Motion Graphics Designer, you might need intermediate or advanced After Effects and Premiere Pro Skills or proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design software. Whichever career path you choose, the right animation role can be challenging and financially rewarding.