Certificate in Motion Design

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6 Months
Validated by
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Learn the fundamentals of Motion Design from conceptualisation to design and creation.

The Level 8, 10 ECTS, programme is aimed at learners who are considering pursuing a career in motion design and multimedia. Motion design combines the fundamentals of both graphic design and animation – it is the art of applying graphic design principles to create relatively simple pieces of animation, for the web, TV, or film. This means working on both 2D and 3D animation, using software such as After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro. This might be a credit sequence for a TV show or movie, or it could a minimalist commercial or explainer video, such as advertisement.

Why Study Motion Design at Griffith College?

This programme will equip you with the skills to achieve creative motion design solutions, by formulating a problem-solving approach, and to successfully represent your vision. You will work through project briefs, and understand the various stages of design; including research, concept, design development, selection, and presentation skills. You will be drawing on skills and appropriate design research methods to develop original concepts, inspire creativity, and apply personal creative ideas to projects. During the programme, learners will:

  • Learn the principles of motion design.
  • Learn to make static images come alive in motion, animating graphics, illustrations, and typography.
  • Gain an understanding of After Effects’ most important functions.

Course Highlights

  • Studio classes are delivered live, with hands-on projects, and supported by blended and online learning.
  • Taught and led by experienced designers.
  • Be part of a multi-award-winning faculty
  • The faculty has an excellent reputation for teaching and learning, with a student-centered approach
  • The design department has strong industry links and projects are industry-led.
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - Giving you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

Intake Dates

  • February*
  • September*

*Subject to sufficient numbers.

Course Details

This programme is about creating animated motion graphics sequences from static, two-dimensional visual content. Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of animation from conceptualisation to the development of motion products. The learners develop a library of thematically linked visual assets and learn a workflow and process for animation, to enable the learner to animate the layered graphics creating motion graphics sequences. 

On successful completion of this module, learners are able to: 

  • Describe and illustrate the fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques of animation. 
  • Discuss the development and history of animation aesthetics. 
  • Design and develop a pre-production solution for a piece of motion graphics for the screen using a range of advanced techniques. 
  • Apply a range of complex animation techniques to a brief involving interrelated concepts and methodologies. 
  • Execute the production of a motion graphics sequence using appropriate tools, methodologies, and post-production techniques to an advanced standard.


Course Contacts


The certificate is delivered using a three-hour session, once a week, for each of the 24 weeks for two semesters. The exact time and days are yet to be confirmed. 

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this certificate must hold a minimum of an NFQ Level 7 qualification, in a cognate discipline, or equivalent. Mature learners over 23 may also apply for consideration.

Applicants also need to submit evidence of their having proficient skills in Adobe CC Photoshop and Illustrator. This is evaluated through provision of a portfolio of work and interview, to facilitate the applicant demonstrating their maturity and capacity to engage on this programme as a part-time, more independent learner.

Applicants without the academic entry requirements may also apply for entry to the programme. All applications involving the consideration of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), are managed by the College’s APL / APEL committee in accordance with its approved QAE procedures.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information, please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

Non-EU/Non-EEA applicants please note: 

These Irish Government-funded programmes are only available to Non-EU/Non-EEA applicants who are currently resident in Ireland with an Immigration Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM, who have been living in Ireland with a valid Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM for 3 out of the last 5 years. The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply to Griffith College directly.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Part-Time

EUR 1,350


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Part-time

Please refer to the Irish/EU Living Abroad Fees section.


Successful completion of the certificate’s component module(s) entitles learners to exemption(s) from the related module(s) on degree programme(s) at Griffith College. Please contact the Admissions Office for information on progression options into degrees.

The parchment provided to learners completing the programme, plus their transcript of results and credits attained, may be used by the learner to confirm their achievement (and support their progression to another programme of study with another institution should they wish to do so).

Career Progression

  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Visual designer
  • Animator

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