Flash animation classes are typically available through associate's or bachelor's degree programs in animation, graphic design and Web design. Individual Flash training courses are also available. Courses often require projects that can be included in a portfolio, since many employers require a portfolio that demonstrates the artistic and technical skills of job candidates. Many courses teach skills that build upon one another, and must be completed in a particular order.
Here is an outline of common concepts learned in Flash animation courses:
- Adobe Flash fundamentals
- Interactive design principles
- Creating special effects
- 2D and 3D animation techniques
- Web publishing
List of Courses
Beginner-level Flash animation classes introduce students to the functions and capabilities of Adobe Flash. Students learn how to enhance user interactivity using animation. Keyframes, vector graphics, bitmap optimization and other topics are covered. Students use Flash to draw, layer and animate webpages. This course is usually taken in the first year of a program; however, previous completion of coursework in digital media may be required.
Interactive Projects Using Flash
In this intermediate class, students enhance their skills and use Flash to create complex, interactive websites. Students learn how to create, edit and publish Flash movie clips on the Web. They complete a project from start to finish and practice incorporating techniques that allow people to navigate and explore sites easily. Students must complete a basic class in Flash animation before taking mid-level classes.
Techniques for Animating Characters
Advanced Flash animation courses provide students with the skills to create characters and settings. Students study the principles of using 2D design in Flash and integrate these techniques into their projects. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to create professional-looking characters for the Web and television.
ActionScript for Flash
In this advanced flash animation class, students learn to program using ActionScript, which is a scripting language used in conjunction with Flash. ActionScript properties, functions and objects are studied; students then use ActionScript in class projects. ActionScript classes must be taken after intermediate courses in flash animation and interactive multimedia have been completed.