12-Week Evening Adobe After Effects Workshop

Learn How to Use Adobe After Effects at NYFA

​​In NYFA’s part-time 12-Week Evening After Effects workshop, students learn the principles and techniques of visual effects and motion graphics. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and in-class, hands-on exercises, students rapidly build skills in Adobe After Effects and visual storytelling. This workshop is held in the evenings.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 12-Week Evening Adobe After Effects Workshop

The 12-Week Evening After Effects workshop is designed to teach students how to use professional editing tools to shape dynamic stories. In addition to gaining hands-on experience with industry-standard software like Adobe After Effects, students also study Design Theory, Animating Titles, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Layers, Keygraming, Effects, and green screen. Students also get an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

To learn more about NYFA’s workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalogs or request more information.

NYFA also offers the possibility to learn digital editing from anywhere through a variety of online digital editing workshops.

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This introductory course is designed to help students navigate the campus, including the edit lab, and understand program flow and expectations.

After Effects

This is the foundational course of the program. Students are given in-depth hands-on instruction in Adobe After Effects. They build their skillset and knowledge through lectures and creating four projects. Each week of class is centered on the project to be screened at the end of the week or the beginning of the following week. 


This course is designed to support the technical classes of the workshop. Students learn about design elements such as shape and typography. Additionally, they learn things such as mood, rhythm, and storyboarding. 

Screen & Critique

In this course, students screen their work for instructor and classmate feedback upon completion of each film assignment. Constructive criticism is based on the student’s application of technical and aesthetic principles learned during workshop/lecture hours, and on how well those techniques were used to achieve the student’s goal. 

Photoshop Tools 

In this course, students learn the major functions of Adobe Photoshop – an image, text, and photo manipulation software. Students integrate their knowledge of Photoshop into After Effects.

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This part-time workshop is held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Some classes may be held on Wednesday.

  • New York campus: 7 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • Los Angeles campus: 7:40 PM to 10:20 PM PST

Students will need to anticipate extra time outside of class to complete assignments, projects, and exercises. Request information to learn more.


This course requires the following software and equipment:

  • External hard drive (generally costs $30-$200)
  • An SD Card


Valentina Rendón  

Valentina Rendón

Actor | Writer

Haik Gazarian  

Haik Gazarian

Writer | Director | Filmmaker



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.