Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Motion Graphics and Compositing

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will focus on the manipulation and integration of 2D digital moving images. It aims to provide a solid understanding of broadcast principles, from image capturing to the final rendering. Lighting and the use of colour will be explored in order to enhance the understanding of visual aesthetics. By applying these processes to practical exercises, students will learn skills in basic motion graphics, compositing and digital production techniques.

Study-unit Aims:

- To deepen students’ knowledge and skills in motion graphics and compositing;
- To get students to work with both sound and vision;
- To enhance students’ ability in integrating live footage with animated graphics;
- To place students in a realistic post-production environment.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- become proficient in the creation of motion graphics for television, movie and music videos;
- become familiar with compositing of digital graphics with live imagery;
- become familiar with the aesthetics of today’s animated sequences.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- be able to create motion graphics for television, movie and music videos;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the processes of compositing;
- be able to create some special effects.

Reading List:

- Braha, Y. & Bryne, B. (2010). Creative Motion Graphic Titling for Film, Video, and the Web: Dynamic Motion Graphic Title Design, Focal Press.
- Betancourt, M. (2013). The History of Motion Graphics, Wildside Press.
- Woolman, M. (2004). Motion Design: Moving Graphics for Television, Music, Video, Cinema and Digital Interfaces, Rotovision.
- Woolman, M. (2005). Type in Motion 2, Thanes & Hudson.

Other journal articles related to the topic will be made available on the study-unit e-Learning website.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Studio Practice

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical Exercises SEM2 Yes 50%
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 50%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Daniel Zerafa

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