Online Motion Graphics Degree Programs

You can study motion graphics through video arts or graphic design degree programs, which can be found online, although degrees specifically in motion graphics are not common. Read on to learn about the various degree levels and programs in related fields to motion graphics, online program options, common courses, and career outlook and salary information. Schools offering Digital Cinematography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are There Motion Graphics Degree Programs?

Motion graphics degree programs are rare. However, depending on the kind of training you're looking for, you can study motion graphics as part of other types of degree programs. For example, several schools offer video arts associate and bachelor's degree programs that include motion graphics training for use in video applications. Graphic design bachelor's and master's degree programs will offer motion graphics training for use in website design and other web-based applications. Schools also offer undergraduate motion graphics certificate programs. These programs usually take about two semesters to complete and include courses in video editing, visual effects and 3D animation.

Related Degree Programs Bachelor's and master's degrees in graphic design, as well as undergraduate certificate programs in motion graphics
Online Availability Few motion graphics certificate programs are available, as well as online associate degree programs in graphic design. Bachelor's programs are usually available in a hybrid format online.
Motion Graphics-Related Courses Design, motion theory, 3D modeling, computer animation
Job Outlook 6% growth (multimedia artists and animators, 2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What About Online Programs?

A handful of schools offer online motion graphics certificate programs. Online associate degree programs in video arts or graphic design are also available. These programs can be completed entirely over the Internet. There are also some bachelor's degree programs that will allow you to complete required general education courses online, despite requiring you to attend your design classes on a traditional campus.

To participate in these classes, you'll need to submit your work over a high-speed Internet connection. You may also need design software to complete assignments, as well as plug-ins that will enable you to view media.

What Are the Motion Graphics Components of These Degree Programs?

Associate and bachelor's degree programs in video arts or video production will offer most of their motion graphics and animation courses during the final semesters. These courses are often offered as advanced electives after you complete the program's core coursework in design and motion theory, drawing and desktop publishing.

If you are looking at bachelor's degree programs in graphic design, you'll find courses like 3D modeling, video effects, computer animation and imaging offered throughout the curriculum. In a digital media or graphic design master's degree program, you'll pursue advanced study by choosing a specialization in motion graphics or animation.

What Can Motion Graphics Training Do For My Career?

An associate degree program in video arts may prepare you for an entry-level job as a Web designer or video editor, according to some schools. With a bachelor's degree, you can work as a multimedia artist or animator, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Multimedia artists and animators were projected to experience a 6% growth in professional opportunities between 2014 and 2024. Their median annual salary as of May 2015 was $63,970. A master's degree program may prepare you for a job as a game developer or technical director, according to some schools.

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