Short course


ScreenSkills Digital Effects: VFX, Graphics and Titles Training in association with NFTS Scotland

This training programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led body for the UK’s screen industries.

In person delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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Motion design and Titles is key skill in the production of content for Film, TV, Streaming and Online whether it’s the... new Bond titles, BBC Channel Idents, Netflix & Amazon title seqs, Channel 4 programme graphics, SKY Promotions, Corporate videos and  public service / charity information graphics. There is an increasing demand for creative motion designer

Choosing Motion Design is one of the most creative, cutting edge career decisions you can make. 

Competitive salaries are rising, the technology is ground breaking, and the breadth of creative opportunities across ever increasing multi-platforms usage ensures an exciting highly creative future awaits you.
Join an in-depth introductory five-day course and immerse yourself in the incredibly diverse role(s) of Motion Graphics. Gain insight from two professional, award winning and experienced designers from the industry. The course will explain the highly interactive visual process; the roles, responsibilities and creative expectations and defining the specialist skills and essential tools of the trade.

There will be a workshop project to create a storyboard / animatic for a motion graphic project. There will be zooms with leading Motion Designers:  BBC, Peter Anderson Studios, Freelance motion designers and newly graduated motion designers sharing their insight and top industry tips. To help gain a knowledge and the skills of motion design to help enhance your CV and career opportunities.

The course covers: 
Introduction to Motion Design in the Creative Industries
Employability in the creative workplace
Titles Sequences and Sound Design
Videography, Infographics and Animation Styles
Transitions & Transformations in Motion
Kinetic Typography & Logos in Motion
Narrative & Storyboarding Techniques

You will also research and sketch a storyboard for a motion graphics sequence and learn how to present and pitch your ideas.

This course is suitable for anyone with a 2D graphic design background looking to move into Motion Graphics & 3D design and/or anyone interested in or at an early stage of their career in 3D graphic design.

You may wish to attend our Adobe After Effects short course

A good knowledge of Photoshop and various design related software packages & tools will be beneficial in order to get the most out of this course.

The course is led by award-winning practitioners and lecturers, who have taught on the NFTS Postgraduate Diploma in Motion Graphics and Titles programme.

About the tutors

Paul Butler (BA Hons)

Paul is currently a design lecturer at Brunel University and has spent over thirty years working in the creative world of broadcast media and visual communications as a Motion Designer and Design Director. Starting his career at BBC News & Current Affairs he progressed to working for multiple design agencies and eventually to Sky Television. Paul's career has encompassed a variety of cross media experiences, from promotions, branding, programme identity, marketing, products and digital experiential media. Delivering award winning creative solutions Paul has worked for multiple brands & clients such as: Now TV, Disney, Waterstone’s, Moet & Chandon, Heinz, MGM, Panasonic, BlackBerry, Ford, LG, Amazon, Budweiser, Sony and Coca-Cola. He has led multi-skilled creative teams, pitching, designing and directing live action shoots, working with 3D & effects artists, post-production teams, marketeers, copywriters, editors, voice-over artists and composers. Paul has lectured and taught graphics & motion design at a number of schools, colleges and universities, including Nottingham & Trent, Windsor Boys School, St Martins, Buskerüde University in Norway, Chelsea School of Art, Weston College, Esher college, Ravensbourne and NFTS. He offers advice on employability and life skill and divides his time between lecturing, design, consultancy and careers guidance.

Mark Chaudoir (MA RCA)

Mark is an award-winning designer and director. During his extensive career, Mark has won over 50 international industry awards. Mark has a Royal College of Art, MA in Graphic Design, worked in BBC TV Graphic Design Dept, the highlight: winning a D&AD Gold Award for designing & directing the BBC2 idents.  In 2001 he became a full time director for BBC producing a wide variety of BBC & commercial projects. In 2009, he became a freelancer clients included: Ogilvy & Mather, Rainey Kelly Y&R, VCCP, Leo Burnett and Content work for:  Roche, London and Partners,  The Royal Palaces, Manchester United and City & Bayern Munich. Mark has taught Motion Graphics at National Film & TV School, Arts University Bournemouth, Brunel University and LCC. 

About ScreenSkills
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.



Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £250

As this course fee is supported by ScreenSkills, additional bursaries are not available for this course. 


How to apply

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