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.

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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Titles and Motion graphics have the capacity to say so much in a short space of time as we watch screen content. Motion design creates a more natural way of interacting with information and it’s absolutely critical to the design of today and the future.

This new five-day short course introduces you to the role of Motion Graphics and Titles Designer and the key elements involved in the creation of brand and design concepts that are used in the design and production of graphics elements for TV, films, corporate, non-broadcast and online digital media and promotions. 

The course overs: 
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 (BA Hons)

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 and began working in the BBC TV Graphic Design Dept. The highlight: winning a coveted D&AD Gold Award for designing and directing the BBC2 idents.  In 2001 he became a full time director for BBC directing a wide variety of BBC and commercial projects. He designed the BBC News countdowns and brand films, which air over 8000 times a year. In 2008 he also made the Beijing Olympics film for BOCOG working with an entirely Chinese crew and doing all the postproduction in Beijing. In 2009, Mark left to become a freelancer and clients have included Advertising clients: Ogilvy & Mather, Rainey Kelly Y&R, VCCP, Leo Burnett and Content films for: South Africa Tourism, Hays Recruitment, Roche, London and Partners and The Royal Palaces. He also has worked extensively with Manchester United and City and filming with Bayern Munich. Mark has taught Motion Graphics at National Film & TV School, Arts University Bournemouth, Brunel University and London College of Communication. He has also lectured at Falmouth University, University of South Wales and Camberwell Art College.

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

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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