Motion Graphics Courses and Diplomas

Motion graphics courses are commonly offered through diploma, certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in multimedia, graphic design and similar subjects. Courses can teach you to use software to develop 3-D video game characters, special effects and more. Continue reading for more information about what you can learn and career prospects. Schools offering Digital Cinematography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Motion graphics courses are usually part of the curriculum for programs such as interactive media design, computer animation, media production and digital video production. Many technical schools and colleges offer diploma programs with courses related to motion graphics. Motion graphics courses are also available through certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs.

Program Options Design and Media Production Technology Diploma, Diploma in Specialized Video Production; Motion Graphics Technical Certificate; Associate of Applied Science in Interactive Media Design; Bachelor of Science in Digital Video Production, Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation
Courses Digital compositing and motion graphics, interactive design and authoring, digital video production, 3-D modeling and animation, vector graphics, raster imaging
Online Online programs are typically available at the baccalaureate level

What Diploma Programs Are Available?

Although there are a wide variety of certificate and degree programs that offer motion graphics courses, you can also enroll in a diploma program. A Digital Video Production Diploma is one program example, along with a Design and Media Production Technology Diploma and a Diploma in Specialized Video Production. You may also be able to find a diploma program in graphic design.

What Courses Can I Take?

Through relevant programs, you can learn 3-D animation techniques to create title sequences, develop characters and combine layers of graphics for Web design. You might be able to find courses in some of the following areas as well:

  • Television graphics
  • Graphics for film
  • Motion graphics in video games
  • Video marketing campaigns
  • Graphics for podcasts

Certain courses and programs are available online, particularly at the bachelor's level.

What About Other Courses in Motion Graphics?

In addition to courses in the creation of graphics, you can study the various steps in the concept creation process. Advanced coursework in areas like using AfterEffects software at a proficient level for creating motion graphics may also be included. In many programs, creating a portfolio of your work demonstrating the completion of an individualized production assignment is required. The following are a few other course areas that might be included:

  • Drawing
  • Compiling and compression techniques
  • Special effects production
  • Design techniques
  • Color theory

What Will a Program Prepare Me For?

A program in this field can prepare you for a career as a motion graphics designer or animator for Web media, video game production, music video production, television or film, as well as various marketing and advertising campaigns. Your familiarity with a wide variety of animation software, from basic Adobe Photoshop to Maxon Cinema 4-D programs, can strengthen your resume as a motion graphics designer or animator.

In addition to marketing and entertainment media, your skills can be useful in creating mobile phone applications or touch-screen kiosk programs, as well as applications used for medical programs, engineering or product design prototypes.

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