Courses & Tutorials

Note: Courses that require payment/subscription are indicated with [$] symbol.

After Effects

Lynda [$]

After Effects CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics by Mark Christiansen

This is a 2 hour crash course in After Effects on Lynda (Lynda is a paid service).

Lynda is no longer free for UCLA but you can find Lynda tutorials on Youtube:

Video Copilot

Video Copilot Tutorials
One of the most popular collections of topic-based tutorials and plugins for After Effects.


~6 hours
“Learn the basics and fundamentals of Adobe After Effects with this 10 video course. In the first installment of our 10 part series, After Effects Expert Mikey Borup walks us through a simple animation workflow. In this video we cover the AE interface, effects, solids, layers, animation, and rendering.”
~1.5 hours
A playlist of beginner tutorials from Surfaced Studio, a highly rated visual FX YouTube channel. Some of them are from 4-5 years ago, although they are still applicable to current versions of After Effects.
~8 hours
A playlist of more topic-specific intermediate After Effects tutorials from Surfaced Studio.
~3.5 hours
A playlist of more topic-specific advanced After Effects tutorials from Surfaced Studio.
~30 mins
A quick introduction to using Keyframes and Interpolation in After Effects.
~10 mins
A very quick introduction to using the Camera Tool in After Effects.
~8 mins
Character Animation Rigging Tutorial (using free DUIK plugin)

Cinema 4D


C4D is especially popular with motion graphics designers because of its powerful flexibility. Greyscalegorilla is one of the top resources on C4D, and this intro course is free with a signup for their website.

Lynda [$]

~5 hours

Cinema 4D R20 Essential Training: Motion Graphics by Andy Needham

Suggestions from Previous Quarters

Credit: Hirad Sab

General / Miscellaneous

  • Visual Perception and the Brain [Duke University / 23hrs]
    “Learners will be introduced to the problems that vision faces, using perception as a guide. The course will consider how what we see is generated by the visual system, what the central problem for vision is, and what visual perception indicates about how the brain works. The evidence will be drawn from neuroscience, psychology, the history of vision science and what philosophy has contributed. Although the discussions will be informed by visual system anatomy and physiology, the focus is on perception. We see the physical world in a strange way, and goal is to understand why.”

After Effects / Suggested Courses & Video Tutorials

  • Master After Effects [Lynda / 16hrs][$]
    “After Effects is one of the most important tools in the motion graphics industry. This path helps you get started from square one, and learn the essentials of the software—establishing a foundation to lead you to intermediate and advanced techniques.”
  • After Effects CC 2019: Complete Course from Novice to Expert [Udemy / 30hrs][$]
    “Learning the fundamentals and beyond of Motion Graphics and Visual Effects using Adobe After Effects is a very powerful tool at your fingertips.
    You will go through creating useful and practical animations and learn how to use simple and complex animation techniques. This is not the type of ‘Tips and Tricks’ here and there course. This Course is a serious learning experience where you get to actually create serious animations and genuinely learn how to use After Effects and become a top notch animator and a visual effects artist.”
  • After Effects Weekly [Lynda / 2.5hrs][$]
    “During the last few years, After Effects has grown from a simple software program into an ever-evolving motion graphics ecosystem. New features are being added each quarter and it’s getting hard to keep up. This weekly series demonstrates tips, tricks, and techniques to help you to stay on top of the changes and reveals undocumented effects and shortcuts that will blow you away. Learn how to reset tools, control animations, create effects, control layers, fix issues, and integrate with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D. Tune in every Friday for a new tip.”
  • Shape Layers in After Effects [Youtube / 42mins]
    “Shape layers contain vector graphics objects called shapes. By default, a shape consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill. (See About paths and Strokes and fills for shapes.) You create shape layers by drawing in the Composition panel with the shape tools or the Pen tool. (See Creating shapes and masks.)”
  • After Effects Fundamentals Course [Youtube / ~6hours]
    “Learn the basics and fundamentals of Adobe After Effects with this 10 video course. In the first installment of our 10 part series, After Effects Expert Mikey Borup walks us through a simple animation workflow. In this video we cover the AE interface, effects, solids, layers, animation, and rendering.”

Blender / Suggested Courses & Video Tutorials

  • Blender Fundamentals [Youtube / ~4hrs]
    “Get a grasp of the most fundamental tools and concepts in Blender. Watch 41 short videos focusing on specific features from navigation, to modeling tools and Cycles shaders.”
  • Getting Started With Blender 2.8 [Youtube / ~2hrs]
    “Learn how to use the new Blender 2.8. Perfect for beginners or migrators of Blender 2.7!”
  • Blender 2.8: What’s New? [Youtube / ~5hrs]
    “Blender 2.8 is quite a bit different than previous versions. With the addition of favoring left-click select and the UI changes, there’s quite a bit to learn. This playlist goes from the Alpha 2 Release through the new Beta release.”
  • Blender Tutorials : Track, Match, Blend [Youtube / ~6hrs]
    “One of Blender’s strengths is the tight integration of Modelling, Rendering and Compositing. Since Blender 2.61 this integration has become even tighter with the arrival of the new camera tracking module, the MovieClipEditor. Importing footage, tracking and solving the camera-motion, rendering and compositing can now all be done in one smooth workflow, all inside Blender.”
  • Learn Grease Pencil 2D Animation in Blender 2.8 [Youtube / 16mins]
    “After watching this tutorial by Matias Mendiola you’ll have covered the basics of the new 2D workflow in Blender 2.8. From drawing to coloring, animating, adding modifiers and even FX!”

After Effects Specific Learning Websites

Blender Specific Learning Websites

Cinema4D Specific Learning Websites

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