MA Motion Graphics

Postgraduate, Part-time

Explore the design of moving images using new and emerging digital 4D software and traditional production methods.

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  • Duration:

    2 years (5 trimesters)

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  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

In modern media we are increasingly surrounded by image and text in motion. Through this course you will apply visual narratives to critically informed themes for film, television, digital devices and online platforms.

You will have the opportunity to shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project.


In specialist moving image modules you will develop specific skills and knowledge, which will inform and enable highly developed design outcomes in your major project. The exhibition design module allows for collaboration with practitioners from other areas, and you can also have the choice of working with light art and projection, or advertising.

Working with specialist tutors, including a BAFTA nominated BBC graphic designer, the major project allows you to model and develop design outcomes for film, television, animation, digital interfaces, on-line spaces, and site-specific installations. We have a strong studio culture and close links to the Centre for Design Practice and Research.

Subjects include

  • Design Research Methods
  • Motion Graphics
  • Exhibition Design or Concept Creation
  • Light Art & Projection or Digital Creative
  • Major Design Project
  • For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates could apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also wish to continue study to MPhil or PhD level. We have strong industry links and often involve students in projects undertaken in our Centre for Design Practice & Research.

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in an art & design related subject or with evidence of industry experience in an appropriate discipline.

All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU Stage 1 £2,660 tba
Home/EU Stage 2 £3,190 tba
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Home EU - Total Fee £5,850 tba
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Stage 1 £5,850 tba
Stage 2 £7,150 tba
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Overseas - Total Fee £13,000 tba
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I recommend this course to anyone who wants to become an exceptional professional of motion design. Lecturers are industry professionals who encourage students to think out of the box.

Belen Mielgo Gil

Graduate, MDes Motion Graphics