Media Design School


Media Design School

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Bachelor of Media Design Specialising in Motion Design

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 17-February-2020
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Course details


Making text, illustrations, and images move in music videos, television commercials and films is the specialty of the Motion Graphics Designer.

Design comes to life as you develop motion graphics for commercials, title sequences, music videos and television. The course includes 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography. Graduates enter the industry with a portfolio that showcases their ability to answer client briefs, collaborate across multiple disciplines and experience working in production.

Motion Designers can go on to work in:

  • Television;
  • Advertising;
  • Production houses;
  • Corporate event companies;
  • or as a freelancer.

Course Outline

Year 1

An introduction to theory, professional practice and broad principles that allow you to respond effectively to briefs. You are also immersed in the studio to develop practical and ideation skills. Majors are introduced through theory and studio components.

Year 2

Build on knowledge gained in the first year with an emphasis on the production of innovative video and motion graphic campaigns for TV commercials, music videos and logo animation. Acquiring the essential skills in communication, pitching, and collaboration are a critical part of the year. Students are also armed with strategies and methods to develop their own line of inquiry.

Year 3

The final year covers essential business methods, research methods and project management before an interdisciplinary group project challenges you to synthesise your knowledge and skills as part of a creative team. You will also embark on a half-year, practice-based investigation of motion graphics.

Entry criteria

To qualify for general admission, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance, or, level 4 or higher Qualification from a related discipline.

Applicants need to submit general portfolio.

You'll also need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.


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