Visual Effects Filmmaking with Adobe After Effects

Film. Edit. Render.

Learn how industry techniques like video compositing, motion tracking, 3D graphics and titles, color correction and green screens bring a movie to life using professional special-effects and editing software Adobe® After Effects® and Adobe® Premiere Pro®.

Unlike Digital Filmmaking which covers the entire filmmaking process as a whole, this course focuses on visual effects and how to bring those effects into a film. You’ll work in teams on several short projects early in the week to gain experience in both filmmaking and VFX editing, then put those skills to use on an individual, original final project. Find this camp near you >>


Course Details

Learn everything you need to know about Visual Effects Filmmaking with Adobe After Effects.

Program Info

Hours: 9am – 5pm
Tuition: $1,195
Lab Fee: $45

Hardware + Software

Apple Computers
Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Photoshop
Canon Cameras

Learning Outcomes

Shooting film & using green screens
Basics of creating visual effects
Advanced in-camera effects
Post-production editing

What You Create

Each student will create an original short film, featuring special effects or a series of visual effect shot demonstrations.

*Students are required to bring their own headphones. Please note that DMA is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen personal items.


Skills + Experience

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning.

Learn Film + Photography

DMA’s film courses allow students to express their creative voice while working through the filmmaking process to film a movie. After writing a script and shooting their movie, students are taught the wonders of visual effects which take their movies above and beyond, showing the students how even the biggest box office hits are made.

The Teen Experience

Since 2002, DMA has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

Continue Creating Next Summer!

Lock in the lowest possible rates for Summer 2018 when you purchase by September 1st! Not sure of your plans yet? No problem! Get a full refund on your summer camp purchase until February 1, 2018.



Find This Camp Near You

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I like how students can create their own short films in a team. We were able to accomplish something that would normally take a semester in a week!

Mark W.

Visual Effects Filmmaking Student


Camp Overview

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition, and explore add-ons.

Sample Camp Day

8:30 am Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
Learn + Understand
10:30 am Morning Break + Chill
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
Application + Guided Practice
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or purchase a lunch plan at select locations
1:00 pm Back to Camp
Create, Test, Evaluate + Improve
2:30 pm Afternoon Break + Chill
3:00 pm Continued Instruction + Creation
Review + Share
5:00 pm Student Pick-up

Tuition Includes

Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Add-Ons Available at Checkout

+ Lunch: Add lunch so you don’t have to bring your own!*
+ DMA Online: Choose a course or subscribe to learn at your own pace
+ Overnight Housing: Stay on campus Sunday to Friday – includes all meals*
+ Weekend Stay: Get ready for fun weekend activities and day trips around the area*

*Meals + Housing available at select locations>>

The DMA Difference

Discover what sets us apart from the competition and why we're the best.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students who have already taken DMA's Filmmaking courses gain any new skills or experiences from this course?

Yes. While basic filmmaking concepts are taught in both courses, this course focuses more on special effects and how to bring those effects into your film with editing, as opposed to the filmmaking process as a whole, as was covered in the earlier course. DMA’s instructors, however, are always willing to customize the instruction to challenge students as needed and avoid repetition.

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