Diploma

Overview

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Want to bring great stories to life through titles and motion graphics? This unique 12 month course, delivered in partnership with Sky, will equip students with the skills required to become a film and television graphics designer.

“Title designs can say so much in so little time.” Graduate Xanthe Bodington

This Postgraduate Diploma course aims to enable students to become innovators in their field by combining practical experience on a range of TV shows, film and digital content with industry work experience placements and intensive training in Photoshop, After Effects and Cinema 4D. A summer work placement at Sky is available to all students. Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films and practical projects – with all production costs met by the School.

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Daniel Kleinman (Skyfall).

​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.​

Recent credits and successes

"The Motion Graphics course gave me a taste of what the film and television world looks like; from collaboration with other departments, producers and directors to creating storyboards and pitching ideas down to presenting the final result.” Gintare graduated from the Motion Graphics Diploma in 2019 and is now working as a Junior Motion Designer for BBC News.

“Being at NFTS helped me become more disciplined and a better designer.” Xanthe graduated from the new Motion Graphics and Titles Diploma in 2018 and is now working as a Junior Motion Graphic Designer for Empire Studios. Full story here.

Since graduating from the NFTS Motion Graphics and Titles Diploma in February 2019, Maria Cerrato Ayala has already secured a job as Assistant Graphic and Motion Designer at Éclair where she has worked on titles for blockbuster movies, Dumbo and the highly anticipated Aladdin. She describes her role as "everything I could have wished for!" Full story here.

“Studying at the NFTS is just like working in the industry” Ibukunoluwa Taiwo graduated from the NFTS Motion Graphics & Titles Diploma in 2018 and is now working as a Junior Motion Designer at BBC Designers. Read her story here.

What you will study

Working as a Motion Graphics and Titles Designer in film and television involves the creation of brand and design concepts that will be used in the design and production of graphics elements for TV channels, series, individual programmes, films and online promotions. Graphics and Titles professionals design and implement moving and stationary graphics used for branding and presentation of information. Working in After Effects and Cinema 4D they provide a wide kit of parts from titles, to moving image films and graphics stings for TV, films and online.

To do this role, you will need to be an exceptional graphic designer with the ability to realise 2D and 3D designs through a variety of computer software packages – Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4D. This course will help you develop these skills and much more. 

This course combines practical experience on TV Entertainment, Science and Natural History and Sports shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.

 

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Course Leader

The course is run by Hugo Hansell. Hugo has developed brand identities for BBFC, WFTV, and campaigns for BFI, Film4, Pathé

Current or Recent Tutors

Senior tutor is Mark Chaudoir, a D&AD Gold Award Winner for his work on BBC2 idents. Recent visiting tutors include Neil Grunshaw (Creative Director of Silver Machine Studios - clients have included CH4, MTV, Working Title, Disney, Sony, Bloomberg and Framestore) and Rosie Holtom, accomplished motion designer and director.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,000 (for January 2021 intake)

On confirmation of your place, a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required. It will count towards your tuition fees.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

Scholarships are now available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses. Find out more here

Students are expected to provide their own laptops and will be expected to pay for any travel and accommodation related to work experience placements.

At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.

Showcase

These student showreels show just some of the work our students produce throughout the course.

Entry requirements

A graphics design qualification at degree level is beneficial and a portfolio of graphics work is required. An interest in graphic design and motion graphics for television and an ability to work to deadlines as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who can marry good design with moving image computer software skills.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: 05 Nov 2020

 

Applicants must complete the online application form and submit the following supporting materials:

  • Please provide links to your portfolio
  • Tell us about a production you admire. What makes it in your own eyes a great piece of graphic design? (no more than two sides of A4)

You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below.

We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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