About this course
You'll receive hands-on training in both After Effects and Cinema 4D and develop a strong visual showreel.
Fast, flexible and fundamental learning in a growing specialist area of Motion Graphics.
Motion Graphics combines graphic design and audiovisuals to create a variety of media; it's a craft that allows you to work across a range of creative industries, such as graphic design, advertising, animation, broadcasting, multimedia, games or film.
You'll study intensively during the day, to maximise your practical time in the classroom. This course is perfect for designers and artists, as well as anyone with a background in art and design and a working knowledge of Photoshop, including undergraduates, looking to expand into motion graphics.
The course is directed by PhD JM Blay (PhD supported by Kyle Cooper) a director and motion designer with more than fifteen years of experience working on advertising, films, tv, video games and multimedia. JM Blay has worked for clients such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Marvel, BBC, Activision, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Lenovo and Adobe among others. He has also worked on films like The Hobbit, video games such as Call of Duty Black Ops II and music videos for artists including Paul McCartney. Find out more about JM Blay.
During the course you’ll take part in masterclasses by seasoned industry professionals in specific areas such as Character Animation, VFX, Broadcast and Advertising. You'll learn the keys of the industry from different professionals and also you will develop a practical exercise with each one.
They'll give you hands-on training in both After Effects and Cinema 4D, from work methodology to animation. You'll also develop a strong visual showreel, so you’ll be able to demonstrate your newfound Motion Graphics skills to employers.
Why Escape Studios?
Escape Studios is Europe's leading VFX academy and we've been part of Pearson College London since 2013. We sprang into life in 2002, to solve the industry's lack of educated, studio-ready VFX talent. Since then, over 4,000 people have graduated from Escape, going on to forge successful careers spanning the whole VFX spectrum.
You'll find Escapee Alumni behind many Oscar and BAFTA nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows and 1,000s of award-winning commercials. Our secret? Our intensive and fiercely vocational approach and a professional studio experience that trains VFX professionals to the latest industry standards.
After Effects, Cinema 4D
Where can this course take me?
Motion graphics is a craft that allows you to work across a range of creative industries, such as graphic design, advertising, animation, broadcasting, multimedia, games or film. You can work in a variety of companies, from film production companies to advertising or marketing agencies as well as for small creative studios or start ups. In the film industry, you can work doing film titles, UI design, special sequences or VFX.
You can be an in-house motion designer or a freelancer, the motion graphics industry is growing rapidly and studios will always be on the lookout for talented mograph artists. The industry is demanding more and more motion designers, people who can create those animations. From film production companies to advertising or marketing agencies as well as small creative studios, digital agencies or start ups, are demanding more and more that specific profile.
Escape Success Story
Teresa Tang, Motion/Brand/UI Designer, Across the Pond
“I am currently working on motion graphics and UI design for various innovative brands in a very talented post-production team at creative agency Across The Pond, who are also the in-house video agency for Google. It was great to have a showreel by the end of the course, the compilation of my new abilities was certainly a contributing factor to gaining interest from potential employers”
Which Escape Studios tutors have worked in Motion Graphics?
JM Blay, Head of Motion Graphics at Escape Studios, is an independent director and motion designer with more than fifteen years in the industry. He’s worked for films like The Hobbit and Guardians of the Galaxy, for video games like Call of Duty Black Ops II, for TV channels like the BBC and for music videos for artists like Paul McCartney and Lily Allen. He’s also worked for clients such as NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Marvel, BBC, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Lenovo, Adidas, Adobe, Citi Bank and Activision among others. He has a PhD on Design in the speciality of Motion Graphics.
- Components of motion graphics, graphic design and audiovisuals.
- Planning a project in pre-production. Structuring your After Effects project.
- Setup After Effects preferences
- Tools and panels
- Keyframe concept and principles
- Preparing Photoshop and Illustrator content for animation
- Colour correction tools and effects
- Grouping layers by nesting and pre-composing
- Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
- Masks and track mattes
- Content area: Basic 2D animation
- Typography 1: Animating text layers, animating shapes, parenting, using Nulls to control layers
- Content Area: Character Animation
- Rotoscoping green screen footage
- Time and speed/remapping
- Motion stabilisation and tracking
- Content area: Bumper/ID animation
- Typography 02
- 3D space: layers, lights and cameras
- Content area: Bumper/ID animation
- User interface & Cinema 4D
- Basic modelling
- Basic animation
- Content area: UI animation
- Basic Mograph
- Content area: 3D logo animation
- Understanding the different codecs in QuickTime
- Rendering/Render queues
- Content area: final project
- Working with audio
- Understanding pixel aspect ratios
- Content area: final project
- Creating and managing expressions
- Particles concept
- Show reference plugins: Lens Flare, Trapcode, CameraTracker, Mocha
- Companies in the UK and worldwide
- Content area: Edit reel
Our industry partners influence everything we do.
On this Motion Graphics course we work alongside an impressive list of VFX studios including The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, MPC, Glassworks and many more, to keep our courses as current as possible and to help you get the most from them.
Fees and funding
Fees and funding for UK students
You may be able to get funding to help cover the cost of our Motion Graphics course. For independent fees and funding advice, and to find out more about your options, visit gov.uk/grant-bursary-adult-learners or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
If you're a UK student, you can apply for a Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL). PCDLs are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying. It's best to apply at least three months before starting on the Motion Graphics course, to give your bank time to process your application.
To be eligible for a PCDL, you must be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts and planning to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after you graduate.
To apply, find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Complete and return the application form to your bank and they'll decide if you qualify for a loan.
Fees and funding for international students
We recommend you visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website at ukcisa.org.uk. The Council doesn’t provide funding directly, but it will give you all the information you need about studying and living in the UK, including visas and funding.
We do our best to find funding solutions for overseas students. For example:
If you’re from Sweden, you may be able to get help from the Swedish loan and grant course. Find out more at csn.se.
Spanish students should visit the government website empleo.gob.es for useful information on studying, employment and emigration, plus details of grants available to Spanish students.
If you're from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Burma, you may be able to get funding from the Charles Wallace Trust, to help towards your living costs and educational development in the UK. Find out more at wallace-trusts.org.uk.
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, and feel comfortable using a computer. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop would be an advantage.
How to apply
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
- Contact an applicant advisor - call or email our applicant advisors on 020 7348 1920 and they will discuss what your next steps will be based on your experience and understanding of the course.
- Meet and Greet - if you're exploring your options we advise you visit an open evening, a taster day or book a 1-2-1 meeting with an applicant advisor
- Online application form - once you've explored all your options and you’re ready to join a course, fill in the online application form and an applicant advisor will be in touch.
- Your offer - once the applicant advisor has checked you’re eligible for the course, we will send you confirmation of your offer and will discuss which payment method you prefer
- Deposit - payment plan
- Full payment via bank transfer
- PCDL or private loans
- (PT through the shop)
- Accept the offer - the final step is to accept the offer by signing our terms and conditions. Your place on the course will then be secured.
If you would like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online application form
For our Motion Graphics course, we welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Stage 1 - Apply
Call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email email@example.com and we’ll talk you through how to apply, the application process and confirm the next available course. We’ll also send you an application pack including an application form. Please complete and return it to us by email or post.
Stage 2 - We'll consider your application very carefully
Our Admissions Team will take a look at your Motion Graphics course application and if you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you for a one-to-one meeting. We’ll do our best to get back to you with our decision within two working days.
Stage 3 - One-to-one meeting
You’ll meet with a member of our Admissions Team who’ll assess your potential to succeed on the course. It’s also a great chance to present your portfolio of work if you have one, and ask any questions you may have about the course, Escape Studios or the industry in general. We’re looking for passionate and committed students who have the desire and work ethic needed for a career in VFX. If you’re an overseas student, we can arrange this meeting by phone or Skype.
Stage 4 - Your offer
If we feel you have what it takes to succeed on the Motion Graphics course, we’ll make you a formal offer of a place on the next available course. We’ll send you a registration form, which needs to be completed and returned to the Admissions Team, and we’ll also ask you to pay a deposit. Places on our courses are strictly limited, so we can only secure your place once you’ve returned your completed registration form and we’ve received your deposit.
If you would like to talk to us about how to apply for a place on our Motion Graphics course please call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not come and take a look?
We hold regular open days where you’ll be able to see our studios and find out more about us and the VFX industry. We’ll also show you examples of our students’ work and depending when you come, you may even hear from one of our industry partners.
Escape Studios West
- COURSE START DATES
1 September 2016
- TUITION FEES
- MODE OF STUDY
Full time intensive (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, self study 3:30pm - 5pm)
- PROGRAMME DURATION
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English
Please note that this course requires access to a 64-bit operating system.