Advanced Adobe After Effects (PLA)

L4 Level 4
Part Time
8 February 2024 — 22 February 2024
City Centre Campus, Cardiff
This course is available at other locations or at different start dates/levels.
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

About this course

Adobe After Effects is an animation software, used for visual effects and motion picture compositing. it is used in film and TV. This course is designed for those who have experience using After Effects and wish to become a Certified User.

The Course will provide 'introductory' videos to the software through a blended learning approach, which will refresh students on the basics of After Effects. Learners will have access to videos prior the course start date, before attending class, to study the advanced topics of After Effects, with an experienced tutor.

The course is run over a 3 week period, to allow learners the time between lessons to practice what they have learned during their lesson. On the final day of the course you will take an Adobe approved exam to attain Adobe Certified Professional in After Effects. 

This FREE course is only available to adults that are eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). Personal Learning Accounts, funded by the Welsh Government, are available to employed adults living in Wales that wish to develop skills to progress or change career. 
Find out if you're eligible today.

What you will study

This course will cover:

  • Introduction to After Effects
  • Understanding the basics of motion graphics
  • Some useful terminology
  • Welcome screen
  • Tools and panels
  • Importing Assets
  • Working with layered files
  • Different file types
  • Creating compositions
  • Integration with Adobe’s Design Products
  • Working with Photoshop
  • Working with Illustrator
  • Importing AI/PS files and available options
  • Basic Animation Concepts
  • Layer transform properties
  • Timing and keyframing
  • Motion paths
  • Layer orientation
  • Working with Effects
  • Introduction to effects
  • Effect parameters
  • Re-ordering effects
  • Disabling effects
  • Working with Audio
  • Adding audio
  • Different formats
  • Previewing audio
  • Audio effects
  • Linking Different Layers
  • Parenting
  • Using the pick-whip
  • Pre-composing
  • Switches and modes
  • Working with Masks
  • Creating a simple mask
  • Custom shape tools
  • Working with the Pen Tool
  • Handles and bezier curves
  • Mask properties
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Creating and using Adjustment Layers
  • Advantages and limitations
  • Rotoscoping
  • Separating the foreground from the background
  • Animating masks
  • Using the Roto Brush Tool
  • Motion Tracking
  • Understanding how motion tracking works
  • Stabilising motion
  • Applying tracking data to another layer
  • Text Animation
  • Working with text layers
  • Animation presets
  • Using text animators
  • Range selectors
  • Animating Vector Files
  • Using the Puppet Pin Tool
  • Creating a mesh
  • Keyframing puppet pins
  • Exporting
  • Understanding the Render Queue and its properties
  • Different file formats
  • Codecs
  • Exporting for different platforms

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

It is desirable for candidates to have a basic knowledge of using a computer.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

8 February 2024

End date

22 February 2024

Part Time

21 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

Course code



Adobe After Effects




City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

45a Trade Street, 
CF10 5DT