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Motion Graphics Certificate

Noble Desktop - 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)

$3,495

34 sessions

After Effects Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - 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)

$975

6 sessions

Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development

Noble Desktop - 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)

$1,495

5 sessions

Motion Graphics Certificate

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn video editing, motion graphics, and special effects by mastering two of the most powerful pieces of software: Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. By the end of this certificate, you'll showcase what you've learned by creating a motion graphics demo reel. Learn Video Editing Learn how to edit music, voiceover, and dialogue, timing out video clips and adjusting their placement, speed, and color. Animate Motion Graphics Learn how to add...

Monday Oct 2nd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (34 sessions)

$3,495

34 sessions

Video Editing & Motion Graphics Certificate

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, audio editing with Adobe Audition, and motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe After Effects. You’ll gain a deep understanding of how these programs work together, as well as and workflow strategies for going from concept, to design, to fully-animated motion graphics and polished videos. Along the way, you’ll create projects that teach you After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Audition while mastering...

Monday Oct 2nd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (40 sessions)

$4,995

40 sessions

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VFX and Motion Graphics Techniques (3-Hr Crash Course)

Pitch to Screen® Education

Join our instructor-led, 3-hour online crash course to unlock the secrets of motion graphics and visual effects compositing. Gain hands-on experience with essential techniques and tools, learn important features and concepts needed to create outstanding visual content, and elevate your skills to the next level using Adobe After Effects. Learning Outcome: Understanding of motion graphics and visual effects concepts and techniques Ability...

Friday Sep 29th, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

In this advanced After Effects course, you’ll master text and shape animations and learn how to use the video compositing features in After Effects. Through hands-on, real-world projects you'll master the After Effects workflow: the process motion graphics designers and compositers take, to create projects from conception to final delivery. We’ll cover expressions (the scripting language of After Effects) to speed up your animation process,...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$975

6 sessions

After Effects 101

Studio Arts @ Virtual Learning

This is the first class in the After Effects instructional series that introduces the user to the motion graphics, compositing and visual effects feature sets of Adobe After Effects. Topics covered will include the AE interface, workflow and basic functioning of After Effects. Students will also learn how to include layers, keyframes, the timeline, importing and interpretation of footage, ease in and ease out and animation of footage through scale,...

Monday Oct 30th, 6:15–10pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)

$1,000

8 sessions

After Effects CC | Level 1

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

This is a beginner class in Motion Graphics & Hollywood Style, Visual Effects for cinema, television and web formats. Learn how to add dynamic animation and motion effects to your videos, photos, art, logos, and audio, and it bring objects to life This course is for Design and corporate communications professionals who need an essential understanding of motion graphics and composting. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills & File...

Monday Oct 2nd, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)

$595

2 sessions

After Effects CC | Level 2

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

This advanced class covers topics such as Motio tracking, complex tracking in Mocha AE, Particle simulation, advanced 3D, advanced Masking, Roto Brush Tool, Puppet Tools, Time-warp / Time-lapse simulations, exporting to Flash, and more. Our Adobe After Effects CC - Level 2 course is for Design and corporate communications professionals who need to advance their skills and understanding of motion graphics and composting. Prerequisite: Basic Computer...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)

$650

2 sessions

Adobe Illustrator CC: Bootcamp

Colorado Free University

Creative professionals seeking the fastest and easiest way to learn Adobe CC programs know the best way to learn is with structured hands-on instructor-led training at a comfortable desk. Stop trying to keep up with online tutorials on YouTube! These are complex programs and it is easy to develop habits that are not the best or easiest way of doing things. Our instructor will translate these incredible tools with guidance on best practices and efficient...

Monday Oct 16th, 9am–4pm Mountain Time

Adobe XD | Level 1

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

Learn how to design and create efficient prototypes for websites and mobile applications. Discover how to turn your Photoshop & Illustrator comps into interactive prototypes with transitions, animation, and voice interaction. Easily update, and export your assets. Audience XD Level 1 is for designers, or anyone wanting to turn their composities into interactive prototypes. This course is a beginner level class for those new to Adobe XD....

Tuesday Oct 24th, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)

$695

2 sessions

After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more. Learn to start using After Effects to animate photos, text, video, and add music/sounds. You can even import files from Illustrator (such as a logo) or Photoshop and animate their elements. Get started in this 6-hour workshop. Recommendations: Basic knowledge of Adobe...

Monday Dec 18th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

$425
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Discover the Best Live Online Motion Graphics Classes

Motion graphics is a type of animation where static design elements are given movement. This animation is often combined with music or other audio elements. Researchers have found that motion graphics are a very effective way of capturing the attention of an audience, and as a result, motion graphics have become very common in a wide variety of different media. Most motion graphics are focused on communicating a specific message to the audience, rather than telling a story like other types of animation.

Most motion graphics designers use computer tools such as Adobe After Effects and other software programs. Technology in this field has changed–and continues to change–rapidly. Technological advances allow designers to work more efficiently, and provide them with new tools that they can use to create new types of designs.

Best Live Online Motion Graphics Classes & Schools

A number of different schools offer live online motion graphics classes. Noble Desktop offers a comprehensive certificate program for motion graphics. The Motion Graphics Certificate consists of 34 class sessions, and tuition is $3,495. In this program, students learn about motion graphics and visual effects, including how to use Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Cinema 4D Lite. The course also covers video editing techniques, and students create a demo reel to showcase their skills to prospective clients or employers. Students who want to take this class need to have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator. A basic knowledge of video timeline editing and basic design skills are also recommended, but not required. Founded in 1990, Noble Desktop is a design and coding school that offers both online and in-person classes.

Noble Desktop also offers an online class called Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development. In this course, students learn about the principles of motion graphics and video editing, and work on a number of unique projects, from concept to completion. The projects created in this class can also be used for a demo reel. In addition to working on projects, students also learn about how the industry works, how to market themselves, how to find a job, and what red flags to look out for. There are five class sessions in this course, and tuition is $1,495.

Students will also find online motion graphics courses through NYC Career Centers. For instance, the Video Editing & Motion Graphics Certificate covers video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, creating motion graphics and visual effects in After Effects, and audio editing in Audition. Instructors teach students how these programs work together, and guide them through the creation of projects from concept to finish. Students also work on a demo reel, which can be used for prospective employers. This class costs $4,995, and has 40 sessions. NYC Career Centers is based in New York City, and provides professional training in design, coding, data analytics, and financial modeling. 

Lumenbrite Training is a school that offers digital design training both online and in-person, including motion graphics training. After Effects Training: Bootcamp is a virtual class designed for students interested in After Effects. There are a total of five sessions and tuition is $1,995. This bootcamp takes students from a beginner to an intermediate level. It covers advanced text effects, video blending, keying effects, track mattes, advanced animation techniques, nesting, creating precomps, and motion and mask tracking. Students also learn about best practices and common pitfalls.

Another online option is FUS 101: Fusion in Resolve through the Manhattan Edit Workshop. The Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 and is located in New York City’s Flatiron District. It provides post-production training for a variety of different platforms, including Apple, Adobe, and Avid. Fusion in Resolve costs $1,295, and has three class sessions. It is designed for editors, post-producers, VFX beginners, multimedia producers, and motion graphics professionals. Students learn the basics of visual effects and motion graphics. 

Industries That Use Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are widely used within the film and television industry, particularly for content that has a lot of special effects. Adobe explains that this is one of the first places that motion graphics became popular. It says, “The origins of motion graphics are rooted in the evolution of film credits. In the early days of cinema, directors created title credits to meet the interest of this new generation of cinemagoers, who wanted to learn more about the actors in the films they saw.” Films and television shows remain one of the most common places to find motion graphics. Today, these graphics are much more sophisticated than in early films, due to technological advances.

Motion graphics are also used in many other industries. For instance, social media sites and other websites use them as a tool for quickly and effectively communicating content. A number of research studies have also shown that motion graphics are a very effective way to both attract and retain online audiences. Motion graphics are also used for educational purposes. For instance, news media use them to help viewers quickly and easily understand complex information. They are also common in advertising, since they can make content more interactive and eye-catching.

Motion Graphics Jobs & Salaries

Motion graphics designers hold a wide variety of different job titles including video editor, motion graphics designer, 2D animator, designer, special effects artist, and film editor. According to Glassdoor, which provides average salaries for many different jobs, motion graphics designers earn an average of about $70,000 per year nationally. For instance, Denver pays about as much as average. Some areas pay significantly higher though. For example, the average yearly salary in Los Angeles is almost $80,000. In New York City, it is also close to $80,000 per year. Glassdoor also provides salary estimates for other jobs that can involve motion graphics. For example, it reports that the average salary for a 2D animator nationally is about $60,000. For a visual effects artist, it is just over $70,000, and for a film editor, it is a little more than $50,000 per year.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a federal agency that collects and analyzes labor market statistics, includes many of these jobs under the category of special effects artists and animators. It finds that this job category is likely to remain stable over the next ten years, with a growth rate of about 5 percent, which is about as fast as average. It finds that California employs the most special effects artists and animators, followed by Washington, and New York. California also pays the highest annual average wage, followed by New Jersey and then New York.