I have been a broadcast designer and animator for the past 13 years, using Adobe AfterEffects for the past 6 years. I want to now make the move into web design.
Does anyone know of a place like Future Media Concepts (in NYC) but in Connecticut where I can learn the basics of web design and the programs in a few intense weekends? I have taken several AfterEffects classes at FMC and love how in 2 - 8 hour days you learn everything you need to know on a specific program to get started. I did the tutorials on Lynda.com for Dreamweaver MX 2004 and they were great but I have a thousand questions, and would prefer to learn form a real person. Any suggestions would be great.
you could certainly get the basics of a few applications in a weekend (dreamweaver, photoshop for web graphics, etc.), although i don't know a place specific to connecticut, unfortunately... :-/
but learning web design is not a crash course thing. we have had a lot of posts in here from video people who want to pick up web design, so search the archives for the thoughts we've posted throughout the years on this topic...but long story short, web design is usability design and it is not something you can pick up quickly - very different medium than video editing and while the 2 share some concepts, they have a lot less in common then you might think...
Let me first warn you to stay away from http://www.learngroup.net (the owner is cashing students checks and failing to provide classes and cheating his instructors to and has done jailtime for this). You can see the reason why if you go to a site people put up who got cheated by him: http://www.learngroup.com