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Motion Graphics & Video Editing Portfolio Development

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

So You Want a Job in Motion Graphics or Video Editing, But Aren't Sure Where to Start? Everyone wants to have a cool video for their presentation, website, or social media channel. YouTube is the most popular social media platform with 81% of adults in the United States as users. While TikTok (a platform devoted entirely to video) may only count 21% of U.S. adults as users, that's still almost 60 million people. Video, whether live or animated,...

Monday Oct 9th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

Motion Graphics Certificate

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn video editing, motion graphics, and special effects by mastering two of the most powerful pieces of software: Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. By the end of this certificate, you'll showcase what you've learned by creating a motion graphics demo reel. Learn Video Editing Learn how to edit music, voiceover, and dialogue, timing out video clips and adjusting their placement, speed, and color. Animate Motion Graphics Learn how to add...

Monday Oct 2nd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (34 sessions)


34 sessions

Video Editing & Motion Graphics Certificate

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, audio editing with Adobe Audition, and motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe After Effects. You’ll gain a deep understanding of how these programs work together, as well as and workflow strategies for going from concept, to design, to fully-animated motion graphics and polished videos. Along the way, you’ll create projects that teach you After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Audition while mastering...

Monday Oct 2nd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (40 sessions)


40 sessions

VFX and Motion Graphics Techniques (3-Hr Crash Course)

Pitch to Screen® Education

Join our instructor-led, 3-hour online crash course to unlock the secrets of motion graphics and visual effects compositing. Gain hands-on experience with essential techniques and tools, learn important features and concepts needed to create outstanding visual content, and elevate your skills to the next level using Adobe After Effects. Learning Outcome: Understanding of motion graphics and visual effects concepts and techniques Ability...

Friday Sep 29th, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

After Effects Advanced

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

In this advanced After Effects course, you’ll master text and shape animations and learn how to use the video compositing features in After Effects. Through hands-on, real-world projects you'll master the After Effects workflow: the process motion graphics designers and compositers take, to create projects from conception to final delivery. We’ll cover expressions (the scripting language of After Effects) to speed up your animation process,...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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After Effects 101

Studio Arts @ Virtual Learning

This is the first class in the After Effects instructional series that introduces the user to the motion graphics, compositing and visual effects feature sets of Adobe After Effects. Topics covered will include the AE interface, workflow and basic functioning of After Effects. Students will also learn how to include layers, keyframes, the timeline, importing and interpretation of footage, ease in and ease out and animation of footage through scale,...

Monday Oct 30th, 6:15–10pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

After Effects CC | Level 1

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

This is a beginner class in Motion Graphics & Hollywood Style, Visual Effects for cinema, television and web formats. Learn how to add dynamic animation and motion effects to your videos, photos, art, logos, and audio, and it bring objects to life This course is for Design and corporate communications professionals who need an essential understanding of motion graphics and composting. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills & File...

Monday Oct 2nd, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

After Effects CC | Level 2

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

This advanced class covers topics such as Motio tracking, complex tracking in Mocha AE, Particle simulation, advanced 3D, advanced Masking, Roto Brush Tool, Puppet Tools, Time-warp / Time-lapse simulations, exporting to Flash, and more. Our Adobe After Effects CC - Level 2 course is for Design and corporate communications professionals who need to advance their skills and understanding of motion graphics and composting. Prerequisite: Basic Computer...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Adobe Illustrator CC: Bootcamp

Colorado Free University

Creative professionals seeking the fastest and easiest way to learn Adobe CC programs know the best way to learn is with structured hands-on instructor-led training at a comfortable desk. Stop trying to keep up with online tutorials on YouTube! These are complex programs and it is easy to develop habits that are not the best or easiest way of doing things. Our instructor will translate these incredible tools with guidance on best practices and efficient...

Monday Oct 16th, 9am–4pm Mountain Time

Adobe XD | Level 1

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

Learn how to design and create efficient prototypes for websites and mobile applications. Discover how to turn your Photoshop & Illustrator comps into interactive prototypes with transitions, animation, and voice interaction. Easily update, and export your assets. Audience XD Level 1 is for designers, or anyone wanting to turn their composities into interactive prototypes. This course is a beginner level class for those new to Adobe XD....

Tuesday Oct 24th, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

After Effects in a Day

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

This hands-on After Effects class is designed to get you the essentials of the user interface, the timeline, video, layer animation, easing in and out, fade-ins, and more. Learn to start using After Effects to animate photos, text, video, and add music/sounds. You can even import files from Illustrator (such as a logo) or Photoshop and animate their elements. Get started in this 6-hour workshop. Recommendations: Basic knowledge of Adobe...

Monday Dec 18th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time


Blender 101

Studio Arts @ Virtual Learning

Blender 101 is an amazing 3D program that is absolutely on fire in the animation and VFX community. For good reason! It is a robust piece of software that provides 3D modeling, animation and VFX that provides stunning results and costs nothing to own! This class will be your hands-on introduction to the 2D/3D workflow in Blender. You will model a simple CG asset and follow the Blender pipeline as you texture, animate, light, and render the asset....

Monday Oct 30th, 6:15–10pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Premiere Pro | Level 2

headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training

Learn how the pros do color correction, key-frame animation, and popular motion-graphics tricks like track mattes and simulated 3D space. Learn the principles of working with the audio mixer and filters like reverb/EQ to integrate your audio tracks into a sonic masterpiece. Adobe Premiere Level 2 Training is for designers and corporate communications professionals who are looking to advance their understanding of digital video and editing. Prerequisite:...

Wednesday Oct 11th, 9:30am–4:30pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Animation with After Effects (High School)

NextGen Bootcamp - Virtually Online

Learn animation fundamentals in this After Effects summer program in NYC. Do you have a passion for animation and motion graphics? Use After Effects to make your own animations and motion graphics. In this fun hands-on summer course in NYC, you'll learn how to navigate the After Effects workspace, then dive right into basic animation concepts and processes. From there, the program will move on to more complex techniques like title and text animation,...

Monday Aug 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Video Editing Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn video editing, audio editing, and the foundation of motion graphics and animation. Complete hands-on projects to learn the creative techniques for video editing and the workflow required to go from a concept to a fully edited video. Learn to Edit Video & Audio Use Premiere Pro to edit video, add music and voiceover, time out video clips, and adjust placement, speed, & color. Remove background noise, clean up audio, mix audio, and...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (28 sessions)


28 sessions

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Discover the Best Motion Graphics Classes in Chicago

Motion graphics refers to animated imagery on a digital platform. These images were previously motionless, but with the right editing skills, software, and imagination, Motion Graphic Designers and other animation specialists bring stoic imagery to life through movement. These can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional as well. In essence, motion graphics are a form of animation that is generally shorter and easily distributable. For example, a moving logo, advertisement, or infographic can be a motion graphic. There are many reasons businesses may want to utilize motion graphics. For instance, these pieces of digital art are reusable, and as a result, can help boost a brand through recognizability. Plus, motion graphics are quick and cost-effective to make and update. There are many industries where knowledge of motion graphics may be required, such as working in entertainment, advertising, retail, technology, hospitality, education, and web design, among many other career paths.

Best Motion Graphics Classes & Schools in Chicago

Video Editing Certificate Noble Desktop – Interactive Online Classroom

The Video Editing Certificate offered by Noble Desktop is a comprehensive course that covers the essential skills needed for motion graphics and animation design. In this course, you will receive hands-on instruction from an experienced instructor who will walk you through the Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects platforms. You will gain knowledge in foundational editing techniques, such as how to add backgrounds with a greenscreen, remove unwanted background noise, and alter speed, color, and placement. By the end of the course, you will have a completed project that displays your newly acquired skills and will impress future employers.

Prerequisites: This is a course for those with all levels of experience.

Duration: Full-time has 14 sessions that last seven hours each. Part-time has 28 sessions that last three hours each.

Cost: $2,995

Adobe After Effects 202: Creating Animated Characters in After Effects Training Ledet Training – 17 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602

The Creating Animated Characters in After Effects course by Ledet Training is a thorough overview of the Adobe After Effects platform. This course is designed to provide students with as much information in a single day and covers essential design principles to follow when creating animated characters. Students will review Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to learn how to create characters and will move on to After Effects. In this course, students will learn how to use the Puppet tool, create smooth movements, and make realistic features on the characters. There are files and handouts included with the course material as well.

Prerequisites: This class is suited for novice users of After Effects. Prior or related experience with Photoshop is necessary in getting the most out of the course.

Duration: This is a one-day course.

Cost: $699

Intermediate Adobe After Effects CC Future Media Concepts – 55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60604

Students in this Intermediate Adobe After Effects CC course will learn practical skills to help boost their resume, build upon their skills in Adobe After Effects, and excel in the motion graphics field. Students will learn from an experienced instructor and will practice essential animation techniques, such as monitoring character movement with the Warp Stabilizer, adjusting color with the Lumetri Color Effect, and sharing projects with Dynamic Linking. Overall, this training can help students prepare for the Adobe After Effects Certification Exam and ultimately, the workforce.

Prerequisites: This course is suited for those with some experience using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.

Duration: This is a two-day course

Cost: $795

Intro to Motion Graphics Design Chicago Filmmakers – 1326 West Hollywood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60660

The Intro to Motion Graphics Design course at Chicago Filmmakers helps students learn how to create and edit animations, title sequences, gifs, and three-dimensional projects. Students will practice implementing fundamental design concepts and will work with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder to create motion graphics and other types of video projects. Through class exercises, projects, and lectures, students will feel more comfortable creating animated imagery on these platforms.

Prerequisites: This course offer

Duration: This is a one-day course.

Cost: $395. Students who sign-up to become a co-op member will receive a $15 discount.

Chicago Industries That Use Motion Graphics

There are an assortment of industries in the Chicago area where Motion Graphics Designers could potentially be hired. For instance, some of the more prominent industries currently in Chicago include food and beverage production, technology, and retail advertising. These industries all utilize motion graphics specialists for different, but necessary reasons. In particular, there are many motion graphics studios in the Chicago area. Some include JV Studios, Attack Studios, Bottle Rocket Media, Charter and Co., Skalawag Productions, Pink Hippo Productions, Social Driver, Hike Creative, Sarofsky, Demo Duck, INDIRAP, Umault, and Flightless. 

Food and Beverage Production

The Chicago area has a growing food and beverage production industry. There are a plethora of food and beverage manufacturing companies in the greater Chicago area that all employ motion graphics experts to create successful promotional graphics, advertisements, and social media posts. Many of these companies will promote a new product with motion graphics or educate the community about a sale to increase profits. This is not only a growing industry, but one that requires some creativity and storytelling to create compelling graphics. Some of these food and beverage production companies in the local area include Pepsi Company, Mars, Amylu Foods, The Coca-Cola Company, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Kraft Heinz Company, Farmer’s Fridge, Nestlé, Graphic Packaging International Inc., Kellogg Company, Crescent Foods, US Foods, McDonald's, Gordon Food Service, Lakeland Marketing Chicago, Swift Prepared Foods, Simple Mills, Mount Franklin Foods LLC, Tyson Foods, Riverside Natural Foods Ltd., Home Chef, and Greenleaf Foods.


Motion graphics is closely related to the technology industry, as there are certain software systems and digital devices that help Motion Graphics Designers complete their work. As a result, many motion graphics specialists work in the technology industry in a variety of situations. In addition, many of those who work as Motion Graphics Designers in the technology industry are freelance or may work remotely. Plus, technology companies often produce work for other companies within other industries. Some of these employment opportunities within the tech industry and related sectors include Motorola Solutions, Gogo, Avant, Cisco Meraki, Duck Creek Technologies, Spot Hero, Genesis Motion Solutions, Supernova Technology, Metatheory, Meta, ARCO Construction Company, Beyond Design Inc., Framestore, Weigel Broadcasting Company, The University of Chicago, and Apple.

Retail Advertising

With a high population and an influx of tourists year after year, the retail industry is ever-growing in Chicago. There are many apparel shops, department stores, salons, footwear stores, and convenience stores in the area that rely on motion graphics to increase profits, spread brand awareness, and promote products. These professionals may create motion graphics for company websites or official social media pages as well. Walgreens, Green Thumb, Car Advise, Fast Signs, ShoppingGives, Local Eclectic, Crate and Barrel, Canada Goose, Marc Jacobs, Spikeball Inc., Sears Holding Corporation, Dude Products, Luxiem, Sprint, HNDMDE, International Flavors and Fragrances, ULTRA Diamonds, Evans Inc., WJ Holdings Liquidating Company, and Foxtrot are among some of the many retail companies in the area that may hire motion graphics professionals.

Motion Graphics Jobs & Salaries in Chicago

Many businesses hire Motion Graphics Designers and other related professionals in the greater Chicago area. These businesses differ from industry to industry, so the subject matter is generally varied and the career opportunities remain steady. In particular, Special Effects Artists and Animators earn an estimated $80,350 each year in the state of Illinois. In Chicago specifically, there are increased employment opportunities and the yearly wage of $80,000 is comparable to the state average.