MA Motion Graphics

Postgraduate, Part-time

Motion Graphics MA

Engage with new and emerging technologies in the application of moving image software and hardware.


The MA Motion Graphics allows you to engage with new and emerging technologies in the application of moving image software and hardware for creative outcomes and interventions.

Part of the MA/MFA Design Suite, the course benefits from bringing together designers from a range of disciplines into core modules, as well as modules specific to your chosen pathway such as 'Moving Image Design' and 'Photo-video Imaging'. 

All students complete the Live Project and you’ll study 'Thinking: Research for Creative Practice', which will help you to determine your Dissertation (MA and MFA) and Major Project (MFA) topics. 

A motion graphics piece by a student at Edinburgh Napier University Degree Show 2018

Mode of Study:


(available as Full-time)


2 years

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Course details

This programme suite aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, design and the visual arts, to enable you to: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates the key elements, boundaries, terminology and conventions associated with social, cultural, critical and technological aspects of design and the theory and practice of ideas development 
  • Use a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the design and the visual arts 
  • Critically initiate imaginative, innovative and creative design and creative concepts through analysis and reflective practice in creative environments 
  • Use communication and negotiation skills in the proposal of solutions to peers and user groups with different levels of knowledge or expertise 
  • Undertake autonomous and collaborative work in a variety of design contexts including graphic design, lighting design, interaction design, product design and making, heritage and exhibition design

The programme is supported by the whole Edinburgh Napier design team who are actively engaged in research, knowledge exchange and/or consultancy work as part of the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC), as well as professional practice with Iain Macdonald’s work particularly relevant to this specialism. Iain has over 20 years of creative industry experience as a BAFTA nominated television graphic designer at BBC Television, and as a film director in commercials and films. His research interests are centred on how heritage (traditional handcrafts) and digital practices fuse to form hybrid methods in moving image design. Practice-led research into his own moving image work formed the core of his doctorate research. 

You'll study a variety of modules during the course, including:

  • Moving Image Design
  • Production & Art Direction
  • Design for Heritage & Cultural Spaces (elective)
  • Photo-video Imaging (elective)
  • calendar How you’ll be taught The programme uses lectures, workshops, seminars, guest speakers and supported on-line learning in which core knowledge and understanding are acquired and assessed in tandem with their specific application to your own individual projects.
  • note and pen Assessments We take a common approach to learning, teaching and assessment in studio modules where practice-based student output is collated as a portfolio presentation.
  • library Facilities All design programmes in the School of Arts & Creative Industries are delivered in studio learning environments.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above in an art & design or related discipline (architecture, creative computing & engineering design)

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

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

English language

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.


Those graduating from this programme pathway will be able to pursue careers in: 

  • graphic design
  • motion graphics
  • moving image design
  • museum and exhibition design and interpretation
  • interactive media design
  • animation
  • film 
  • television