MFA Motion Graphics

Postgraduate, Full-time

Motion Graphics MFA



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

Overview

The MFA 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. 

The MFA is recognised as an advanced masters level degree and students already holding an appropriate MA can apply to enter the programme directly into the second year of study.

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

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

1 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 two year MFA offers students the opportunity to extend project work through an in depth, research-led creative enquiry. The first year of the programme is aligned to the MA and you will undertake six modules developing subject specific-skills and knowledge, external research and entrepreneurial collaboration, and practice-based research. 

In the second year, you will extend your practice with two large modules: the self-directed Major Project with specialist supervisors, and Professional Practice with portfolio mentors. You will end the programme with a highly professional portfolio that enhances industry and employment opportunities or (with an emphasis on research) offers a robust gateway into PhD-level study.

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.
  • 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 lap-top computer at a suitable specification for running large graphics files.

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.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Home/EU £4,530 tba
Overseas £9,900 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
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