City and Islington College

Creative Media Production (Motion Graphics) City and Islington College Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

This studio-based course equips emerging designers with the skills and experience to build a successful career or progress to higher level study.

In line with industry demand, the course provides the skills you need to work as a multidisciplinary practitioner, preparing you for a range of career paths, including art department roles (e.g. art director, props), VFX (all roles and levels of seniority), assistant director, script supervisor, line producer and strategic or business manager.

You will also develop in-demand postproduction skills, for which there is currently a shortage in the UK (according to ScreenSkills).

Benefitting from links with the BFI (British Film Institute) and the Film and Video Workshop, you will work on live client briefs to develop your professional practice and build your individual identity as a practitioner.

Learning to apply subject knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar problems, you will develop an independent approach to study. By engaging with complex creative projects and producing high quality outcomes, you will produce your own digital portfolio.

You will develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of motion graphics and visual effects, underpinned by a programme of contextual studies to consider historical and cultural aspects of the creative industries.

The UK is home to one of the largest creative media industries in the world. With an ever-increasing demand for motion graphics content in broadcast, film and online, there are career opportunities in sectors ranging from advertising, online marketing, postproduction and compositing to explainer videos, fashion and music video production.

Following the course, you may progress to employment or further study. Progression opportunities in the Creative Industries include positions such as junior animator and junior compositor/VFX artist. Completing students may progress to the first or possibly second year of a relevant degree (subject to entry requirements) or to a Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND).

Course details


The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Motion Graphics) offers a broad introduction to the industry. Practical production skills are developed through units that explore the tools and equipment used in motion graphics and visual effects. Specialist units are project based and explore a wide range of production and post-production techniques. You will also gain additional skills in contextual research and will learn how to plan, manage and produce work to deadline.

You will study the key aspects of creative media production, with a strong emphasis on motion graphics, through six core units and two further units chosen by the college, one of which is a specialist unit taken from the Visual Effects pathway.

Individual Project (set by Pearson) – Core Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Creative Media Industry – Core Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Professional Practice – Core Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Motion Graphics Practices – Specialist Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures – Specialist Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Typography – Specialist Unit Mandatory – 15 credits
Light & Sound – Optional Unit – 15 credits
Visual Effects Practices – Specialist – Unit (Visual Effects pathway) – 15 credits

Module availability may be subject to change. The full timetable will be available in August 2019.

As part of the course, students take frequent visits to exhibitions, galleries and external performances. These are often subsidised but you may be required to pay for certain trips/visits.

While the college is well resourced and provides equipment for you to use, we advise that you have the capacity to work independently (via a laptop or tablet) and are able back up your project work independently of college services.

Throughout your course, you will have access to a range of a specialist teaching and learning resources. You will have a personal tutor and will receive professional feedback on your work from visiting industry practitioners.

Working with CANDI Creative, our student-led media production company based within the college, you will develop your confidence and ability to work professionally with clients.

You will have access to our Creative Hub, providing a professional working environment with fully-equipped photography studio; filming, audio capture and animation equipment; air-conditioned classrooms with smart boards; self-study area with computer stations and laptops; small group and one-to-one meeting rooms; industry standard software and large format printing; online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), enabling you to access course materials and assignments remotely; and books, journals, reports and documents online and/or in the College’s Learning Resource Centre, including course reading lists.

You will also have access to onsite support for a range of issues, from financial concerns to mental health worries.

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a range of methods based on practical projects, and will demonstrate skills in research and analysis through academic study, presentations and written reports. This will include an externally-set Pearson assignment. Much of the evidence you provide will be through independent working but there will be occasions when you will be expected to work as part of a production team.

Assessment methods may include Production work, Project briefs linked with employers, Individual and group projects, Planning and preproduction documents, Presentations, Reflective journals – blog, Group discussions, and Personal development plans.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CMP1
Institution code C65
Campus name Camden Road Centre
Campus code A

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

You should have:
- a Level 3 qualification, such as BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production, GCE Advanced Level profile demonstrating strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject, a recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma
- GCSE maths and English qualifications at grades 4-9

If you do not hold the above, consideration may still be given to adult learners with strong relevant work experience and those with appropriate international/ overseas qualifications (determined by NARIC guidance).

In addition to the above, international/overseas learners require an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5, or equivalent (as determined by NARIC guidance).

English language requirements

In addition to the above, international/overseas learners require an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5, or equivalent (as determined by NARIC guidance).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

As part of the course, students take frequent visits to exhibitions, galleries and external performances. These are often subsidised but you may be required to pay for certain trips/visits.

Provider information

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City and Islington College
The Marlborough Building
383 Holloway Road
N7 0RN

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Applications and Admissions

0203 429 7676