Graphics in Motion – a Practical Course to Build a Career in Graphics & Titles for Film & Television


Graphics in Motion – a Practical Course to Build a Career in Graphics & Titles for Film & Television

Award-winning title sequences for shows like Stranger Things and The Crown set the audience up and whet their viewing appetite for what’s to come like never before. Both sequences were nominated for Outstanding Title Design in this year’s Primetime Emmys with Stranger Things winning on the night.

Wired magazine praises Stranger Things’ titles for “the slow reveal of its distinctive typography and the creepy Giorgio Moroder–esque synth stylings of Austin, Texas, band Survive” which “conjure the era of Blade RunnerEscape from New York, and Ladyhawke”. The Guardian describes The Crown’s title sequence as “as resplendent as the royalty that follows. Shadowy glints of gold and molten metal curling from the darkness, at first menacing and slow, entwine to form a single, sinister crown”. 

(The Crown - Main Title Sequence from Elastic on Vimeo.)

Shows like these along with the likes of must-watch series, Game of Thrones have turned opening credits from “disposable moments of television” to” an art form in its own right.”

According to Sky’s Creative Director, (Design), Ceri Sampson, Sky’s design team is constantly looking for new recruits who can hit the ground running , which is why the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has introduced a Diploma in Graphics and Titles for Film and Television in partnership with the broadcaster. The course includes a four week work placement at Sky where you get relevant training and real world experience working in Europe’s largest design house, which according to Ceri “makes any candidate extremely attractive to a future employer”.

The course is run by industry renowned graphic designers, Hugo Hansell and Mark Chaudoir. Both designers complement each other in their teaching with Hugo having extensive 2d experience in print and digital, while Mark brings his directing and moving image skills to the fore.

The 12 month intensive diploma runs from January 2018 to December and combines projects based in film and TV working on set briefs and collaborations with other departments within the NFTS. It’s a course based on creativity, where a good original idea is core to becoming a successful designer.

Importantly it combines traditional and modern skills where drawn storyboards and life drawing sit alongside After Effects and Cinema 4D. The course is structured so that there is a lot of contact time with staff as well as the opportunity to hear from a number of expert guest speakers, go on studio visits and complete a work placement at Sky.

Applications are open now until October 16th – for more information and to apply, please visit