4-Week Adobe After Effects Workshop

Learn How to Use Adobe After Effects at NYFA

NYFA’s 4-Week Adobe After Effects Workshop provides students instruction in this industry-standard film editing software, teaching them how to create animated titles and title sequences, as well as basic video compositing skills. By the end of the program, students learn how to combine animated text with music, images, or voiceover to communicate powerful messages and captivate audiences.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 4-Week Adobe After Effects Workshop

In this intensive workshop, students gain hands-on experience in After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator while training them to become effective visual storytellers. The emphasis of the class is mainly on text illustration, and students are also taught video compositing and working with green screen footage, as well as basic graphic design principles.

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

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



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 workshop runs full-time from Monday through Friday. Each day consists of approximately two to three classes, including supervised lab time. Lab time is part of the schedule and allows the students to practice their editing skills under the guidance of our expert faculty. 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


Boise Esquerra  

Boise Esquerra

Editor | Producer | Director



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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.