Adobe After Effects - Advanced


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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After Effects is recognised as an essential tool for producing motion graphics and visual effects for Broadcast. Our Level 2 course will be based around the principles and techniques of creating broadcast graphics with After Effects. 

Primarily project based, the class will explore different techniques to create animated sequences from beginning to end. The class will look at specific areas of After Effects, such as the included particle systems and some 3rd party solutions. Other aspects of the course that will be covered in detail include working in 3D space, using Expressions, Animating cameras and lighting in 3D space, project management, workflow, working with type, shape layers, masks, mattes and track mattes.

Editors, edit assistants, producers, directors and others looking to hone their editing skills and make their edits shine. 


  • Understanding and creating Expressions 
  • Hierarchy of comps
  • Using Mattes and Stencils
  • Colour Correction / Glows + Curves
  • Effects and Controls
  • Converting Audio to Keyframes
  • Animating a particle system to audio
  • Creating Cameras and Lighting
  • 3D coordinates
  • Alternate comp views
  • Moving objects in 3D space
  • Layer rendering order
  • Continuous Rasterization
  • Camera Angle of View and Zoom
  • Track Camera tools
  • Moving and animating cameras
  • Switching between multiple cameras
  • Creating a viewer comp
  • Orientation versus Rotation
  • Layer intersections
  • Precomposing
  • Combining 2D and 3D layers

Pierre Vella is an independent digital creative working in film, video and digital technologies. He is a founding member of MITA (Moving Image Training Alliance).

Do I need to bring anything to the course?It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.Is lunch provided?We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.What if I have to cancel?If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 10 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

Maximum 8 people.


10:00-17:30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction) 


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.