Motion Graphics (Evening - 12 weeks)

Course details


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Start date

24th September 2024


12 weeks

Mode of study

Part time (Tuesday and Thursday evenings - 7pm-10pm)



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Course overview

Get your career in motion!

Motion Design (or Motion Graphics) is a versatile skillset in the creative industries, that can be applied to a range of sectors such as film, TV, advertising, web, apps and games.

Our part-time course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of motion graphics, combining design and animation to create a variety of animated pieces in tutor-led sessions. You'll get hands on with the industry-standard software Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D, completing exercises within each software to build up a good foundational knowledge with each that can be applied to your own work. The course is equally split between After Effects and Cinema 4D, so that you have a good understanding of how to build your own projects and the process used in professional work.

This course is an introduction to the software used in every motion design studio. You'll apply your skills to practical projects, learning to respond to short briefs, adapt to critique and hit deadlines. You’ll be led by industry-experienced tutors, who will give feedback and critique to the work you produce, as well as industry advice. You’ll also have access to plenty of resources, inspiration and assets. This course is ideal for those already working in digital creative fields who are looking to expand into a new discipline or simply get started with After Effects or 3D.

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Why choose this course

  • Based in London - home to some of the best independent motion design studios in the world 

  • Successful alumni - you'll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top animation and VFX studios like Industrial Light & Magic or Framestore 

  • Fast-track learning - studying a short course allows you to learn new skills quickly, in a fast-paced environment

  • Flexibility - evening classes allow you to study around your day-to-day life 

  • Portfolio - along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Completion, you'll leave with strong creative and technical skills that will allow you to develop or finalise great pieces of work for your showreel

  • Study resources - as well as benefiting from our tutors’ experience from working in the industry, you’ll have access to plenty of resources, inspiration and assets. All of which you wouldn’t get from an online video tutorial 

  • Small class sizes - our tutors know that thorough feedback gives students the fastest route to improvement. Our evening classes are small enough that you can request feedback or technical support at any time.

Course modules

  • Creating your first animation

  • Exporting with After Effects and Media Encoder

  • Font basics

  • Shape layers

  • Using the graph editor

  • Looping elements in After Effects

  • Keyframe types and interpolation

  • Folder structure

  • 3D layers and cameras

  • Depth of field and lights in After Effects

  • Critical thinking in motion design

  • Title sequence case study

  • Animating typefaces

  • Alpha and luma mattes

  • Layer styles

  • Converting text to shapes or masks

  • Textures

  • Animating a character in After Effects

  • Puppet pin tool and rigging

  • Preparing artwork in Illustrator

  • Squash and stretch

  • Interpreting client briefs

  • 12 principles of animation

  • Creating moodboards and pitch decks

  • Generating ideas in motion design

  • Isometric animation

  • Cinema 4D renderer

  • Project workflow, timings and organisation

  • Expressions

  • Using master controls for better workflow

  • Improving speed and confidence with timed animations

  • Text animators

  • Saving animation presets

  • Using Premiere and Audition for audio

  • Adobe Live link workflow

  • Camera tracking

  • Compositing

  • Rotoscoping with roto brush and masks

  • Time displacement for kinetic typography

  • Time remapping and posterising

  • Cel animation in Photoshop

  • Mixed media techniques and collage style in After Effects

  • Main course animation critique

  • Cinema 4D interface

  • Adding primitives to create a composition

  • Animating a simple scene using keyframing, looping and dynamics

  • Cloners and generators and how to use them

  • Controlling effectors and other objects using fields

  • Using primitives, generators and deformers to model basic shapes

  • Edit mode

  • Manipulating points, edges and polys to edit and sculpt polygonal geometry

  • PBR, material types, reflectance channel

  • Megascans, bricks material, displacement

  • Applying materials to prims and meshes with UV wrapping

  • Rendering tests and adjust render settings

  • Main light types, HDRI, 3-point studio lighting

  • Common tricks like flags and gobos

  • Adding camera animation

  • Rendering a pre-supplied scene and/or text piece

  • Compositing rendered animation in After Effects

  • Track mattes

  • Cineware extraction

  • More After Effects for 3D

  • Grading, FX and colour correction

More information

  • After Effects

After Effects is the world’s most commonly-used software in animation and compositing. It is the jack-of-all-trades software that allows us to breathe life into vector illustrations, animate characters, employ VFX techniques such as set extension, particle effects, rotoscoping and keying, as well as combining passes from 3D software with all of the above, performing colour correction and image finishing.  Our technical tuition starts and ends in After Effects. You will be confident in how to navigate the software, have produced several pieces of work, and learned how to perform crucial final adjustments on work before delivery.

  •  Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is the most-used 3D animation software in the motion design industry. You will quickly learn how to translate the theories of animation, composition and design into appealing 3D scenes. You will also learn filmmaking techniques from cinematography within 3D, such as lighting, camera operation and mise-en-scene – vital to producing beautiful and arresting animation.

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

To apply, complete the relevant online application form linked below:

Our Admissions Team will get in touch to take you through the next steps.

If you have any questions about your application or our entry requirements, get in touch!

As part of the application process, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions for your place on the course to be secured.

Minimum requirements

We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

To study this short course, you must:

  • Be over 18

  • Have a good understanding of written and spoken English

  • Feel comfortable using a computer.

If you’d like to discuss your circumstances before applying, contact us!

Non-UK students

We accept international students for our short courses, with no difference in course fees or administration costs. 

The Standard Visitor visa allows students to come to the UK to study for a course of up to six months at an accredited institution. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a standard visitor visa prior to departure from your home country. For more information visit:  

Contact us on or +44 (0)203 441 1303 for any questions.

We can provide remote access to our workstations during teaching time. Due to availability restrictions, we highly advise you to have your own set up at home to study in your own time.

More things you’ll need:

  • A strong internet connection

  • An external hard drive (minimum 2TB) to back up your work during the course

  • A three-button mouse (or optionally graphics tablet)

  • A computer microphone (and optionally a webcam)

  • Note-taking materials

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Payment plans

We offer a range of payment plan options for all courses. Following an initial deposit at registration stage, your chosen payment plan will break down your remaining fees into up to six equal instalments, to be paid over the course length.

Contact us or visit our admissions page for any questions about fees, funding and payment plans.

With studios such as ManVsMachine, WeAreSeventeen and Future Deluxe all based in London, it is an excellent place from which to launch your career. Even as an online student, you’ll benefit from having your work critiqued by industry professionals aware of the standards and expectations of London's design studios.  

This course is tailored to provide you with an arsenal of industry-standard knowledge and techniques that are in-demand in studios across the world. We aim to take beginners - ideally with prior experience as a designer or illustrator - to the level where they could work for a motion design studio. You'll leave us with a modest amount of video clips, but having the knowledge and skills to complete a competent portfolio at your own pace.

Motion designers can work in a variety of industries, from broadcast to creative agencies, as well as for animation studios or tech start-ups. These days, motion design is a desirable asset for any in-house creative department. In the film industry, you can work on film titles, UI design, graphics sequences or even VFX. In broadcast, visual effects, compositing and on-screen titles are all made using After Effects, particularly in smaller studios. With Cinema 4D and After Effects both having the ability to export to web-based formats, app developers are always looking for motion designers to add stylish animation to their platforms. 

Follow in the footsteps of our successful alumni you've gone on to work for VFX studios like Industrial Light & Magic or creative agencies like Savage & Civil. Read some of our Escapee success stories.

Check out our Careers Guide for more information about career opportunities and progression routes.

We pack a lot into each class of our evening courses, to be able to offer a learning option that is more flexible and fits in with your personal and work life. This means that contact time with your tutors will be intense learning and hands on. To make the most of this course, we recommend that you spend at least 10 hours working on your projects or practising your new skills in your own time each week. 

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Meet our industry-experienced tutors

They have industry experience working in broadcast, entertainment visuals, advertising, events and DVD menus. They’ve worked for clients including Paramount, HSBC, Sony, Universal, Conde Nast, Louis Vuitton, VISA and Take That (rigging puppets on their 2019 tour). 

Meet your tutors

Student showcase

You just can’t beat the knowledge and expertise of the tutors along with their tailored feedback. It massively helps to learn from them when they’re just as enthusiastic as you about all things motion design. I believe the short course is brilliant value for money.

Lewis Hatfull, Motion Graphics Escapee
Motion Graphics Designer at Picture Head