WSQ After Effects

Okay. Actually I wanted to take a course at a CC as part of my “30 before 30” list, but I guess this counts as well.

The Government has this Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) program, where they help “retrain Singaporeans” or help them “upgrade their skills” by subsidizing courses.

So I decided to sign up for a course to learn “After Effects”. In order to get the subsidy, I had to answer questions like the following:

– My current job title and description
– My motivation for taking up the course and how the skill/knowledge adds value to my current job
– Do I intend to stay in the Interactive Digital Media Industries for the next 3 to 5 years

After subsidy, I ended up paying only 30% of the total course fee! So it was $400+ instead of $1.4k! For 10 lessons over 2 weeks, 2.5 hours each, that’s about $40+ per lesson.

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The course teaches the basics, and it’s kinda weird cause among all my course mates, none of them are editors. There was a IT guy, a student, some staff from ITE, weird mix of people.

After Effects is interesting, but unfortunately, what the course made me realize is that its almost impossible to master. Luckily there are tons of tutorials online. Google is your friend, if you need to find a tutorial to do a certain effect.

Also, After Effects requires other software to create materials – ie. you must have knowledge of other softwares like Photoshop, 3D modelling software etc.

Here are some cool After Effects site to surf:

– AE Tutorials http://aetuts.com
– Video Copilot http://www.videocopilot.net/

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