Flash Animation Courses

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What is it

Flash is a vector-based animation software that facilitates multimedia operations such as animation, games and rich internet applications. Though the software was originally launched way back in 1996, it has largely retained its popularity thanks to the array of features and relative accessibility it offers its users.

Flash animation has long been a favourite of web developers looking to add dynamic, interactive features to their sites in order to make them more appealing and engaging for viewers. It can also be used to stream video and audio; indeed, Flash movies have the significant advantage of faster loading times (when used selectively), which, once loaded, do not need reloading.

What does it involve

Thankfully, it is not particularly difficult to learn how to use Flash, and a part-time course in Flash Animation/Programming will bring learners right up to industry standard when creating their Flash animations or movies.

Most Flash courses will go through each aspect of the software in a way that is comprehensive, yet comprehensible. For instance, course participants will learn how to use the interface, set preferences, work with grids, and use the Flash editor and library. They will also learn how to enter and format text, create layers, add audio, create simple animations and interactive web components.

More advanced courses in Flash Animation will cover much the same ground but in greater detail. For instance, when working with graphics you will learn about turning bitmaps into vector graphics, using bitmaps as fills and modifying bitmap fills; or when it comes to animation, you will be given training in adding backgrounds or in creating timeline effects. Course participants are required to have basic computer literacy skills.

Why do it

Flash enables website designers and developers to create complex animations, incorporate decent quality sound/video and develop unique and experimental interfaces for their online projects. By using vector graphics and special compression techniques, Flash allows websites to show high-quality graphics and sound without clogging up bandwidth.

What comes next

Flash is not the be-all-and-end-all that it once was for web developers. Because of Adobe s rivalry with Apple, the product does not receive the support it once enjoyed (i. e. Flash will not work on iPhones and iPads) and it now faces stiff competition from web programming technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. However, with that caveat out of the way, it is safe to say that the software still has certain advantages that are likely to keep it relevant for a long while yet. Because the software is so effective at allowing users to create complex animations and video with relative ease (and which would otherwise be difficult using HTML alone), training in Flash Animation will be a welcome addition to the skill set of anyone looking to work within the multimedia sector.

At a glance

Online courses in Flash Animation can be completed in 100 hours, though the timeframe for completion is flexible in order to afford students greater flexibility. Course fees begin around 355.

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