Expression Session

Expressions are lines of code that can be used to create all kinds of automations and tools right in After Effects. Some of these can be generated by visually linking, or Pickwhipping, different properties to each other and others need to be written out like a short computer program. By the end of this course you will have all of the foundational knowledge you need to be able to write, understand, and use Expressions in After Effects to improve your workflow.


  • We recommend that you have an intermediate level of skill with After Effects and feel confident in the software. Check out After Effects Kickstart and Animation Bootcamp before taking this course on.
  • One to two years of industry experience is recommended but not required before taking this course. 

Instructors - Zack Lovatt and Nol Honig

Between the two of them, Nol Honig and Zack Lovatt have a combined 30 years of experience in the field of motion design. As a freelance technical director for some of the biggest studios in the world, as well as a creator of popular tools for After Effects like Explode Shape Layers and Flow, Zack brings the technical expertise necessary for the subject of expressions. As the creative director for The Drawing Room, and Distinguished Teaching Award winner at Parsons School of Design, Nol brings his years of industry experience and teaching know-how to the table. The combination of their two skill-sets (often referred to as “Zol” by industry insiders) is a force to be reckoned with.

Clients Zack and Nol have worked with: Block & Tackle, Pentagram, Buck, Facebook, Adobe, Google, and more. 

Course Format

All of our courses are taught completely online through prerecorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Engage from anywhere in the world on your own schedule.

Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week. Lessons open at a specific time with a soft deadline of the following day. If you don’t finish, don’t sweat it!  We have built in Focus Weeks and Extended Critique weeks at the end of the session where students have extra time to work on any assignments they choose.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry.

During the course you will be invited to a private Facebook group that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!Schedule and Course Length

12 Weeks of Expression Session

Week 1: Orientation Week
Week 2:
Lessons and Assignments
Week 3
: Lessons and Assignments
Week 4
: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Week 5:
Lessons and Assignments
Week 6:
Lessons and Assignments
Week 7
: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Week 8:
Lessons and Assignments
Week 9:
 Lessons and Assignments
Weeks 10 - 12
Extended Critique (no new assignments or lessons this week)


  • 15 - 20 hours per week. 
  • 13 assignments (typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day). 

Required Software 

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (20.0.0 or Higher).

Recommended Software

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (20.0.0 or Higher).
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 (23.1.0 or Higher).

Will I Need Plugins or Scripts? 

Nope! Everything you need to have to complete this course comes in your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.


$797 or 3 payments of $283 ($849 total). Click here to view the next open enrollment.

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