MA Motion Graphics

Postgraduate, Part-time

Motion Graphics MA



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

Overview

The MA Motion Graphics allows you to engage with new and emerging technologies in the application of moving image software and hardware for design 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', 'Photo-video Imaging' and ‘Art Direction’.

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

To ensure there is sufficient time to process your application, we encourage you to submit your application by 31st July.

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

Mode of Study:

Part-time

(available as Full-time)

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

Sep


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Course details

Visual information is more often than not, accessed via digital media devices and we have the opportunity to create graphic design that moves. This programme will develop your skills in the design of moving images and graphics. Using industry standard software (including Cinema 4D and Adobe Creative Suite). You can work on a rage of projects with motion graphics and typography, screen based info-graphics for exhibition, graphic animations, interstitial clips, photo-video imaging, graphics for film and television, moving image art direction, light art and projection, and short films.

The programme has close links with the MSc Creative Advertising and the MA Film, and is supported by the Edinburgh Napier design team, who are actively engaged in research, knowledge exchange and consultancy work as part of the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC). We also have industry-based practitioners teaching on the programme.

Andy Smith has more than ten years of industry experience with expertise design and moving image software. He is also a qualified drone pilot and works with aerial footage. 

Lei Cox is an associate professor with more than 30 years of experience. He has expertise in photo-video imaging and landscape photography, and has exhibited work all around the world.

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 practice-based learning, workshops, seminars, lectures 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.
  • briefcase Work placement The programme offers two modules (Live Project in trimester 1, Research Projects and Entrepreneurship in trimesters 2) where you have the option of working with external partners, which may include some work-based learning.
  • library Facilities All design programmes in the School of Arts & Creative Industries are delivered in studio learning environments. You will need to have your own laptop computer at a suitable specification for running large graphics files.

Disclaimer

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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

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.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.


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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • 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.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Stage 1 £3,525 tba
Stage 2 £4,285 tba
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,810 tba
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Stage 1 £6,525 tba
Stage 2 £7,975 tba
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £14,500 tba
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Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships



The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

Careers

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