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Motion graphics is an exciting, vibrant and fast-growing industry that needs versatile and creative designers fluent in the latest technologies and tools.

With over 15 years experience of teaching motion graphics, Ravensbourne has a strong reputation for producing hardworking, industry-ready graduates.

“We’ve struck gold with our two motion graphics graduates: they’re professional, team players and have impressive skills,” - Federico Gaggio, Executive Creative Director, Discovery Networks.

The focus of the course is to develop your skill in communicating concepts and information through motion and within a short time frame.

Studying on our motion graphics programme you will consolidate a full range of creative and practical skills that are tailored specifically to the needs of the motion graphic design industry and supported by academic research.

The course benefits from the university’s close relationship with the broadcast industry, its ground-breaking approach to cutting-edge digital technology and emphasis on design excellence.

UCAS Code
W280

Duration
3 years full time

Validating body
Ravensbourne University London

Why start a career in motion graphics?

No longer just the province of film, television and advertising, motion graphics is now a part of all aspects of our lives from the interface on our mobile phones to installations at performances, exhibitions and events. Recognising this, companies and agencies are increasingly setting up inhouse motion graphics units and developing their use of motion graphics.

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Selection criteria

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.

We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.

When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.

Read our interview and portfolio advice.

What your course will look like

Assessment

You will be continually assessed through presentation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through submission of a dissertation, portfolio of work and showreel.

Year 1

You will build fundamental skills in conceptual thinking, storytelling, graphic design, branding, communication and visualisation. There is an emphasis on understanding the industry and exploring the broad role of the motion graphic designer. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research throughout this year.

Year 2

All the skills attained in your first year will be brought together in your second year in longer projects that reflect the sort of real-life work motion graphic designers might typically do.

These projects will include:

  • film and television title sequences
  • information graphics
  • advertising and promotional films
  • music video and branding.

You will also get the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses, choose elective units that reflect your personal interests, engage with industry professionals and get opportunities to work on live briefs and take up internships.

Year 3

Your final year is focussed on creating a personal portfolio of work that reflects your skills and aspirations as a motion graphics designer.

You will:

  • be required to do one competition or live brief but otherwise all briefs can be self initiated
  • receive portfolio reviews from industry professionals
  • have on-going mentoring and technical advice
  • attend specialist workshops.

Progression

Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Moving Image.

 

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

Top reasons to apply for this course

  • Outstanding industry contacts
  • Excellent job opportunities
  • Aligned to industry
  • Linking creativity & skills
  • Live industry briefs
  • Award winning course

Key study topics

  • Short form narrative (animation and live action)
  • Animation
  • Visual communication and typography
  • Live action
  • Information design
  • Branding
  • Cross media concept development
  • History, context and future potential of motion graphic design.

Careers

  • Digital interactive media
  • Corporate video
  • Advertising
  • Digital advertising
  • Creative direction
  • Brand design
  • Promotion design
  • Film, broadcast and online title sequence design
  • Online, broadcast and corporate information design

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