• Duration

    12 Weeks

  • Class fee

    R16,500

  • Starts

    27 June 2022

About this course

In this exciting course you will be taken on a journey through the theory and practical applications of 2D animation and motion graphics for digital platforms. This course will give you the necessary grounding to understand audiences so you can create delightful animated visuals that lead to greater engagement. You will be able to apply what you learn in a variety of ways, such as: creating how-to videos, intro videos, explainer videos, animated infographics, and more to use on your social media or websites! Take your digital media to the next level with movement and impactful style.

Key learning outcomes

In 12 weeks, you will:

  • Understand when and why to use animation in your digital media
  • Understand and apply animation principles
  • Create short animation videos
  • Develop animation skills in After Effects

Benefits

  • Persuasively communicate creative ideas with an audience
  • Create lively and engaging videos
  • Elevate and differentiate your content with the use of animation
  • Explain concepts simply and efficiently
  • Use animation to sell products and services

Prerequisites

You will need at least a basic understanding of Illustrator or Photoshop

This course is perfect for:

  • Graphic designers who want to develop more marketable skills
  • Digital marketers wanting to expand their toolkits
  • Content creators who want to create more engaging content
  • Anyone who wants to future proof their skills for an ever evolving industry

The learning journey

Orientation Week

The first week is dedicated to orientation. Students familiarise themselves with the online learning platform (virtual classroom) and meet the humans there to support them.

Module 1: Introduction to the After Effects Interface and Animation Workflow (2 Weeks)

In this module, we will introduce the After Effects interface. You’ll learn about the standard animation workflow (starting from scratch or using stock assets this includes created assets from Photoshop and Illustrator), commonly used controls, and keyframes.

Module 2: Communicating with your Audience

The introductory module of this course draws your attention to the importance of understanding the audience before you even pick up a pencil or move the cursor. Drawing on digital marketing best practices for understanding your audience, you will be equipped with research techniques that will inform the design and animation decisions you make in your projects. You will also learn about the best practices for posting your animations on social media and the web.

Module 3: Story Development

Stories are how we make sense of the world. In this module, you will develop your storytelling skills and understand narrative development. We will also look at some of the tried and tested process for storyboarding to help create an engaging and delightful animation for your audience.

Module 4: Working with Layers

This module will teach you about how you can use layers such as, text, shape, and other layers. We’ll also introduce you to masks and mattes. Finding the right assets is just as important as knowing how to use them. We’ll also give you some tips to acquiring and importing asset.

Module 5: Principles of Animation and Composition (2 weeks)

This module will introduce the principles that make animation impactful. You’ll cover specific topics such as timing, spacing, rhythm, eases, mass weight, anticipation, and more We’ll also work through key principles of composition such as balance, contrast, and emphasis, among others.

Module 6: Advanced Animation and Effects

Let’s get moving. In this module we’ll take a deep dive into advanced animation techniques and the text animator. We’ll also introduce you to various effects and how to make your own transitions and apply them to another animation you’ll create.

Module 7: Audio and Finalising your Animations

Audio is essential in adding momentum and emotion to animation. This module covers how to find copyright free soundtracks and sound effects, import audio into the timeline, and mix audio and sound effects together with fading, leveling, and trimming. You will also learn about other codecs which you can use to render animations for different purposes.

Research Project (2 weeks)

The final stretch of the course will give you the opportunity to create one final video where you demonstrate the skills you have acquired throughout the course.

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Frequently asked questions

How many hours per week do I need to set aside?

Varies per course – average 6-8. For more intense courses (or perfectionists) more like 10.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, we have partnered with Mobicred to provide monthly payment options.

How will these courses help me?

Theory backed by practical exercises to clue you in to industry-necessary tools and practices and prepare you for real industry briefs and contexts

Why Red & Yellow?

Our content is great and developed in consultation with industry experts
Our Course Coordinators are renowned for being dedicated and working very hard to help you complete the courses and get your certificate
We include personalised feedback on written assessments, which provide guidance and add that extra touch to help you refine your work and prepare you for industry.

What’s the difference between Red & Yellow and a MOOC, or Udemy?

The personal touch. There’s a reason why MOOCs/Udemy have dismal completion rates while ours is exceptionally high.
Our Course Coordinators and Facilitators are there to guide, assist and coach you through the course

Are your short courses accredited?

All our short courses are aligned to relevant SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) unit standards, usually at NQF 5 level
Many of our short courses can be run as accredited, which means you will earn credits when you successfully complete the course and hand in the necessary portfolio of evidence
Completing the portfolio and facilitating your external assessment and moderation is an additional fee on top of the online course fee.

Are your short courses and programmes internationally accredited/recognised?

Completing one of our short courses with the accredited option, will award you credits for the unit standards you have completed.
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Why are your short courses and programmes so expensive?
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Are there any cancellation fees?
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