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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.

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"If you want a career in animation, you should take this course. The way you learn to think about animating is really insightful and valuable to your portfolio. Coming into the course, I knew After Effects well but I saw a big improvement in my animations by the end of the course. You can land a great job by mastering the methods and techniques taught in this course!" - Jelle Dingemans, Fall 2020

Course Instructor

Sander van Dijk

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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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates and get comfy with the course format. You'll get a benchmark project to work on to see where your skills are, currently.

What you’ll Learn
  • Tips to improve your workflow.
  • Increase your speed with hotkeys.
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Apr 4

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assignments

1 Projects

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6 Hrs

Learn how to create a strong foundation by building a blueprint for your animations. Then, complete a project using eye-trace and other advanced techniques

What you’ll Learn
  • Sander's 5 Animation Methods.
  • Creating time-saving animatics.
  • Animating in phases.
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Apr 11

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

How do you animate from one design to the next? This week is all about planning and executing those beautiful, clever transitions that we all know and love.

What you’ll Learn
  • When to use different transitions.
  • Effectively using match cuts.
  • Creating complex transitions.
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Apr 18

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

This week is a "focus week", a chance to catch up on course work and material. You'll also take a look at how to keep complex projects organized.

What you’ll Learn
  • Project organization tips.
  • Problem solving.
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Apr 25

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0 Projects

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6 Hrs

This week is all about the fine art of animating complexity. You'll learn how to manage tricky animations with lots of moving parts.

What you’ll Learn
  • Managing complex animation.
  • Solving animation problems.
  • Using rigs and expressions.
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May 2

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

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.

What you’ll Learn
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome.
  • Overcoming your fears.
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May 9

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0 Project

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6 Hrs

Let’s take what you’ve learned and put it to the test with a full set of boards that will challenge you to use every animation skill you possess. This final project is no joke.

What you’ll Learn
  • Completing a large project.
  • Using your new skills.
  • Adding polish to a piece.
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May 16

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1 Project

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6 Hrs

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 Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
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May 23

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0 Projects

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6 Hrs

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FAQs

Do I need Photoshop and Illustrator to take this course?

While you will not be working in Photoshop and Illustrator during this course, you should have access to both of these programs. We recommend that you have this software to give you the ability to open up and explore the artwork that will be provided with your lessons and exercises.

Is this course too advanced for me?

If you're an experienced motion designer seeking out a real challenge, look no further. Do you want to be able to pull off amazing transitions, technical wizardry, and gorgeous movement? Maybe you're looking to get in at a top motion design studio, but you need a mentor that's been there to show you the way. Well, this is probably the course for you.

Who should take this course:

Curious Artists

You know the principles, you can tell someone why an animation is good, but you can't figure out how someone got After Effects to do that cool move. There are complex animations that take research and development to make them come together, and unless you have a guide, these advanced concepts may stay foreign to you forever.

Serious Motion Designers

Are you passionate about animation? Maybe relatives are calling you obsessive? Are you in love with the small details or theories behind composition? Have you ever used mathematical geometry and algebra to solve your problems? Advanced Motion Methods will approach all of these concepts, and more, in an unparalleled motion design education experience.

Fearless MoGraph Fanatics

If you live for challenges and you're not going to back down from anything this might be the course for you. Seriously! This course is a beast and should only be taken by those who are up to the challenge.

Experienced Studio Professiona

lsIf you've been working at a studio for a few years, but you're realizing you need more polish before you can start leading a team, Advanced Motion Methods can help. It's time to help your studio by getting out of your comfort zone and digging deeper than ever before.

How much time do I need to commit?

With this being our most advanced AE course, you can expect to commit 20+ hours per week on coursework. The video lessons are 1-2 hours in length. There are 8 Assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated weeks built into the schedule that have no lessons or assignments so that students can keep with the pace of the course.

Schedule and Course Length

9 Weeks of Advanced Motion Methods

  • Week 1: Orientation week
  • Weeks 2 - 3: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 4: Focus week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Week 5: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 6: Catch up week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Week 7: Lessons and Assignments
  • Weeks 8 - 9: Extended Critiques (no new assignments or lessons this week)

What are the prerequisites?

You should have a few years of experience in the Motion Design industry 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 a very experienced motion designer, 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.

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?

Be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. Lessons open at a specific time but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you.

Built in catch up weeks, extended critiques, and very flexible deadline policies make completing this course possible for even the busiest professional.

All of our courses are taught completely online through prerecorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts.

Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry.

During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

What can I expect in Advanced Motion Methods?

You’ll be able to test your new skills on artwork created by some of the top artists in the Motion Design field that mimics the work that the best studios create. In this course you’ll learn how to structure animations according to geometric proportions found in nature, deal with complexity and create cool transitions.

Our Most Difficult Course

Advanced Motion Methods was created to be the pinnacle of our animation courses. We threw everything we had at this, and with the help of Sander we think you're in for one heck of a ride.

High-Level MoGraph Concepts

We'll be digging deep into concepts that you may not have considered applying to your motion design before, like math and geometry. You'll learn techniques for good project planning, creating advanced transitions from scene to scene, and breaking down complex animations.

There are no punches pulled.

We're teaching hard concepts you may not get right away, and you'll find yourself reviewing them over and over again. Advanced Motion Methods is the MoGraph equivalent of rocket science.

Taught by one of the smartest animators in the world.

Sander Van Dijk is a heavy-weight in the motion design world. The precision he brings to motion design is unparalleled, and you'll quickly come to see why.

What will I be capable of after Advanced Motion Methods?

After completing the hardest motion graphics class online you may be asking yourself, "What can I do with these new super powers?"

You will be equipped to work at almost any studio.

If you've come to understand, and can execute on the homework assignments, then the world of motion design is completely open to you. Apply to studios, look to lead at agencies, or run solo as a freelancer. You are now equipped to bring illustrations to life with intentionality, by breaking animations down to the core.

You will likely be booked.

As a freelancer, you're looking to get better and better all the time. Showing confidently that you can do the work your client needs is essential. Advanced Motion Methods teaches you how to conceptualize, communicate, and execute. When you finish Advanced Motion Methods, start polishing your reel, your website, and start reaching out to clients.

Advanced Motion Methods: Summary

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.