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Course details

This course introduces you to the art of motion graphics and visual effects using Adobe After Effects. You will explore a variety of post-production techniques that are essential for creating polished videos for online, TV, or film productions. We will review the program interface, build compositions, import variant vector and raster footage items, and have an in-depth study of animation, expressions, and animation-curves. You will be introduced to different masking techniques, including roto-scoping and layer track-matting. You will work with lights and 3D cameras, and build virtual sets. You will apply keying blue or green screen shots as well as 2D and 3D tracking. You will create different styles of titles and credit sequences through applying text animation.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of MDIA 1280 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 84444


Mon Jan 09 - Mon Mar 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 84444
  • $543.20
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Mar 27 N/A N/A Online

Mahmoud Abdel-Hai

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This course will be delivered entirely online, however, is an asynchronous course which does not require that you meet each week at a specific time. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Please log into using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. Students who are currently registered in one or more part-time courses can purchase a subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud Pro at a discount through BCIT’s new software portal If this section is full, you can add your contact information to the School of Business Waitlist:

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Create motion graphics and visual effects using Adobe After Effects.
  • Apply post-production techniques to create polished videos.
  • Create new projects, import and organize media files including images, illustrations, video, and audio files.
  • Build, manage, and nest composition.
  • Animate variant transform properties for a layer as needed.
  • Control the behaviour of an animation by adjusting its curve line.
  • Add expressions to automate animation.
  • Mask vector layers.
  • Rotoscope or animate a layer mask.
  • Create basic virtual sets using 3D lights, cameras, and layer alignment in a 3D space.
  • Change the playback of a movie clip using time-remapping.
  • Animate text layers using the Range Selector tool.
  • Create text that follows a curved path.
  • Key blue or green screen shots.
  • Track details in a video clip and match their position to other visual elements.
  • Render the final results as a QuickTime movie.
  • Create different styles of titles and credit sequences through applying text animation.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

Adobe After Effects (MDIA 1280) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Video Production and Editing
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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