VFX for Motion

In VFX for Motion you will learn a broad set of Visual Effects tools and techniques using After Effects. While in this course you will learn the basics of Keying, Tracking, Rotoscoping, and Matchmoving, along with other important VFX tools available to you in After Effects. You will also learn practical knowledge for working with live-action footage, and even some tips on how to direct and work on a VFX shoot.



  • You’ll need intermediate to advanced knowledge of After Effects, with the ability to navigate the user interface, set keyframes, leverage the different layer types, and understand the different tools available in the application. We recommend checking out After Effects Kickstart, and completing Animation Bootcamp before taking VFX for Motion on. 
  • Before taking VFX for Motion check out our free course The Path to MoGraph to learn about industry terms and workflow. 
  • Intermediate-level proficiency in design is also recommended, but not required; we suggest completing our Design Bootcamp course to improve your design skills, if necessary.
  • Having some foundational knowledge of Cinema 4D for the later lessons in this course will be helpful.

Instructor - Mark Christiansen

Mark Christiansen has dedicated his career to creativity, experience design, mentorship and helping artists refine their craft. He is responsible for the After Effects Studio Techniques series of books that helped launch a generation of visual effects artists. He regularly creates online educational content and is responsible for developing the Cinefex for iPad app via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.


Clients Mark Christiansen has worked with include, Adobe, Facebook, Apple, Google, Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and more. 

Course Format

  • Be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. Lessons open at a specific time but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you.
  • Built in catch up weeks, extended critiques, and very flexible deadline policies make completing this course possible for even the busiest professional.
  • All of our courses are taught completely online through prerecorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. 
  • Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines of the following day. 
  • 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. Even if you submit your very first assignment work on the last day of the course your TA will still critique your work! 
  • 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 VFX for Motion

  • 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 

  • After Effects CC 2019 (16.0.1 or Higher) which includes Mocha AE (Mocha for After Effects) and Cinema4D lite which may be useful toward the end of the course.

Suggested Hardware and Software

  • Photoshop CC 2019 (20.0 or Higher)

Will You Need Plugins? 

  • 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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