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Course overview

Focusing on animation, within this course you’ll learn about the magic of making your ideas come to life. Every class will introduce a new theme, from the knowledge of the best animation experts. You will develop a working knowledge of Adobe® Flash® Professional CC, Adobe Edge Animate and Adobe After Effects® CC, producing your own animated short films.

Key Information:

Start Date: Complete
End Date: Complete
Duration: 5 weeks
Live sessions: Complete

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Learning outcomes

Every class will introduce a new theme and an animation expert. Participants will develop a working knowledge of Adobe Flash, Adobe Edge Animate and Adobe After Effects and produce their own animated short films.

Once you’ve completed the Adobe Generation Animation course, you will be able to:

  • Create animations
  • Critique and analyse animations
  • Use and understand Adobe Flash and other related Adobe tools
  • Understand the work flow needed to create animations
  • Devise, plan and create a publishable animation
  • Create elements of short animations, characters, backgrounds, storyboards etc.
  • Move towards the Adobe ACA certification


During the five week course you’ll cover the following:

  • Examples of animation made with Adobe tools
  • A brief history of animation
  • Animation principles and examples using Flash
  • Animation in industry – movies, cartoons, advertising, video games, education etc
  • Styles of animation – stop motion, cutout, cell, 3D, hand-drawn
  • Sequence and small incremental changes
  • Flash basics, tweening, fps, importing images and exporting movies
  • Drawing shape tweens and shape hints
  • Symbols, motion tweens and guides
  • Rotoscoping
  • Stop frame animation


Colin Maxwell

Colin Maxwell

Adam Proctor

Adam Proctor

Guest speakers

Mike Patterson

Week 1 - Mike Patterson

Director, designer and animation artist

Greg Mcleod

Week 2 - Greg Mcleod

Function Illustrator, Animator, Director

Shaun Clarke

Week 3 - Shaun Clarke

Director Animator Illustrator

Kim Noce

Week 4 – Kim Noce

Animator Director

Gemma Burdett

Week 5 – Gemma Burdett


Adobe apps

The course will mainly be focused on Adobe Flash Professional CC. The course tutor will advise when the following tools will be used during the course:

Photoshop CC

Adobe Flash Professional CC

Photoshop CC

Adobe Photoshop® CC

Adobe Edge Animate CC

Adobe Edge Animate CC

Adobe After Effects CC

Adobe After Effects CC

Important Notice

A trial or fully licensed membership to Adobe Creative Cloud will be needed to partake in this course. If you currently don’t have a membership it is recommended that you consider downloading a 30-day free trial of the products needed for the course. It is advised that the 30-day free trial is downloaded as close to the course start date as possible.

Trial versions can be converted to complete or single-app membership via the Adobe Creative Cloud website. After you purchase membership, the desktop product trial will automatically convert into the licensed version, so you can carry on working.

Click here to visit the Adobe Creative Cloud website