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Animation Bootcamp

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Animation Bootcamp teaches you the art of beautiful movement. In this course, you'll learn the principles behind great animation, and how to apply them in After Effects.

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Jul 11, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
Personalized Feedback from Pro Animators
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"Taking Animation Bootcamp was a gamechanger! Prior to the course, I was self-taught based on whatever available resources I could find online. By taking Animation Bootcamp, I finally learned animation and saved so much time that I would have otherwise spent browsing and filtering free online content. After completing the courses, I finally felt confident enough to add animation to my skill set and I've never looked back since. After many years in another field, I've started a brand new career path and I'm loving it!" - Alena Hovorkova, Fall 2018

Course Instructor

Joey Korenman

Prior to starting School of Motion, Joey was the Creative Director and Lead Animator at Toil in Boston, MA. There he lead projects for clients like Subway, McDonalds, Progressive, Saucony, and many other high-profile brands. He has also freelanced extensively for studios and agencies, working on network rebrands for Speed, Discovery, HBO, and SyFy. He's been using After Effects for close to 20 years and is one of the baldest dudes you'll ever meet.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates, get comfy with the course format, dive right in with an Evaluation exercise designed to let us see where you are starting from.

What you’ll Learn
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Course
  • After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Workflow Tips and Tricks
week start

July 11

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assignments

1 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Start the week by learning how keyframes—and the space between—affect your animation. You’ll gain an understanding of easing, which enables you to create animation that “feels right.” In the second part of the week, you’ll apply your knowledge of spacing using a value graph.

What you’ll Learn
  • Using the Value Graph
  • Timing and Spacing
week start

July 18

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week we'll introduce the speed graph and work on curved motion. Once you have an understanding of both speed and value graphs, it’s time to put them to work on your first two principles of animation: anticipation and overshoot.

What you’ll Learn
  • The Speed Graph
  • Using Oscillations
  • Anticipation and Overshooting
week start

July 25

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Now that you know the foundations of making a realistic animation, master a realistic ball bounce. You’ll also learn about the animation principles follow-through and overlapping animation, adding another level of realism with swaying, trailing, or secondary elements such as tails and feathers.

What you’ll Learn
  • Realistic Bounces and Impacts
  • Follow-through
week start

Aug 1

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week, you will add realism through squash and stretch. This important principle helps reinforce weight and volume in a mass as it moves and collides with other objects. We’ll also cover adding secondary animations to your work, which are flourishes that add visual excitement and reinforce movement.

What you’ll Learn
  • Squash and Stretch
  • Secondary Animation
  • Adding Visual Appeal
week start

Aug 8

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Our courses are intense, use this focus week to finish any work you haven't gotten to. You’ll also have access to bonus content covering extensions and scripts in After Effects, allowing you to automate tedious tasks and improve your workflow.

What you’ll Learn
  • Workflow Tips
  • The Greatest Song Ever
week start

Aug 15

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assignments

0 Project

run time

6 Hrs

Now that you have the basics down, let's explore some more advanced concepts. You’ll work on mastering two "non-traditional" principles of animation: reinforcing movement and eye trace.

What you’ll Learn
  • Reinforcing Movement
  • Eye Trace
  • Advanced Animation Concepts
week start

Aug 22

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Once you master the principles of animation, you can bend them to your will. During this final week, have some fun creating a non-traditional piece that mimics stop motion in After Effects. After that you’ll start the final assignment, putting all your skills together to animate a full :60 second piece.

What you’ll Learn
  • Breaking the Rules
  • Creating Imperfect Movement
  • Putting it All Together
week start

Aug 29

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

The final 4 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, and then turn it in for critique.

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
week start

Sept 5

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

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FAQs

How do I know if this course is right for me?

This course is a good fit for those that are comfortable using After Effects and are looking to take their work to the next level. Animation Bootcamp teaches the principles of animation that push you to learn beyond the After Effect's interface. After all, there's much more to being animator than simply being good at After Effects.

What are the prerequisites?

To succeed in this course you should be comfortable with After Effects and capable of creating basic animations. If you are not there yet, you should consider starting with After Effects Kickstart, an 8-week introductory course that will have you animating in no time!

What is the required software?

The minimum software requirements are: 

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 (13.0 or Higher)
  • Adobe Flash Professional CC 2014 (14.0 or Higher - Important Note: This is now called Adobe Animate CC as of version 2015.1 (15.1)


*To access other students' project files you will likely need the most current version of After Effects.

What is the course format?

Animation Bootcamp is a 12-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.

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

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

How much time do I need to commit?

Animation Bootcamp is a 12 week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However, you can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on course material. The video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 13 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 12-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.

Can I access my course content after the course ends?

Yes! Once you complete Animation Bootcamp, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Animation Bootcamp following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version.

Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!