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This online short course in Adobe After Effects CC 2020 covers entry-level skill expectations for visual effects and motion graphics. It will also test your ability to apply your knowledge and skills prior to entering the testing environment. Its aim is to adequately prepare you for taking the certification exam.

The purpose of this course is to teach you foundational skills needed to effectively communicate using digital media tools and covers the following topics:

  • Working in the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Industry
  • Project Setup and Interface
  • Organising Video Projects
  • Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
  • Publishing Digital Media

As you work through your course material in your own free time, you can pace your studies and determine how quickly you want to progress. As a standard measure, you will have access to the online student portal for a period of 12 months from your date of registration.


You can start studying this course at any time of the year — there are no specific registration dates! Once you have completed your registration, you will receive your login credentials with 3-5 business days and can start your studies.


This online short course consists of five modules. The course objectives are:

  • Working in the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Industry

    • Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing visual effects and motion graphics projects
    • Communicate with colleagues and clients about project plans
    • Determine the type of copyright, permissions, and licensing required to use specific content
    • Demonstrate an understanding of key terminology and tools related to digital audio and video
    • Demonstrate knowledge of basic motion graphics, video effects (VFX), and design principles
  • Project Setup and Interface

    • Create and edit a project with the appropriate settings for video
    • Navigate, organise, and customise the application workspace
    • Use non-visible design tools in the interface to aid in video workflow
    • Import assets into a project
  • Organising Video Projects

    • Use the Timeline panel
    • Modify layer visibility using opacity, blending modes, and masks
  • Create and Modifying Visual Elements

    • Use core tools and features to create compositions
    • Add, manipulate, and animate text
    • Trim footage for use in compositions
    • Modify digital media within a project
    • Use basic reconstructing and editing techniques to manipulate digital audio and video
    • Add and modify effects and pre-sets
    • Create and modify keyframes for motion graphics
  • Publishing Digital Media

    • Prepare a composition for publishing to web, screen, and other digital devices
    • Export digital video to various file formats

Your knowledge and skills will be tested by means of online performance-based assessments and practice questions. These tools will help prepare you for the certification exam by testing your ability to apply your knowledge.


Once you have completed this online short course you should be adequately prepared to take the Adobe After Effects CC 2020 certification exam via Certiport.

This certification forms part of the Adobe Certified Professional credential.

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