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This unique 12 month full-time diploma course delivered in partnership with Sky, will equip students with the skills required to become a film and television graphics designer.
  • A unique course in partnership with Sky.
  • Equips participants with specialist skills required to work as a Film and Television graphic designer.
  • Gain the expertise to work on multiple complex projects within the industry.
  • Become an innovator and expert in this field.
  • Combines practical experience on TV Entertainment, Science and Natural History and Sports shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.
  • Access to NFTS's Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.

Course Overview

Working as a Graphics and Titles Designer in Film and Television involves design and production of graphics elements for TV channels, series, individual programmes, films and promotions. At its most complex this could be supervising the shoot of multi pass animations using a motion control studio or on location. Most of the work, however is producing and implementing templates for use in studios and post production suites to enhance the look of the output and to reinforce and support broadcaster, channel, genre and programme branding.

Graphics and Titles professionals design and implement moving and stationary graphics used for branding and presentation of information. On some high end shows they operate the graphics generator in the studio gallery but, in most instances, they create templates for use by graphics operators, editors and vision mixers.

To do this role, you will need to:

  • be an exceptional graphic designer with the ability to realise 2D and 3D designs through a variety of computer software packages
  • be an approachable team player
  • work to tight deadlines and, at times, under extreme pressure
  • pay close attention to detail
  • be an excellent communicator
  • have tact and diplomacy skills
  • prioritise tasks
  • multi-task
  • work long and often unsocial hours
  • be flexible
  • have a positive approach

The NFTS will help you develop these skills and capabilities. 

Ceri Sampson, Creative Director, Design, Sky TV says: “We are delighted to partner with the NFTS on this exciting new Diploma. We are always looking for skilled graphic designers who understand the TV and film industry and who are driven to innovate in this area, and we look forward to working with students who will get to experience working at Sky and may end up working with us in the future

Curriculum

This course combines practical experience on TV Entertainment, Science and Natural History and Sports shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.

The course has been developed to meet industry demand and NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

The diploma course is 12 months full-time and is delivered at the NFTS:

Specifically students will learn about:

  • Type and typography in a TV context
  • Graphic design for TV entertainment
  • Graphic design for TV Sport
  • Graphic design for TV Promotion
  • Workflows supporting each genre above

The course is broken into three terms.

Term 1 (January – April)
 

In the first term of the course you will study Type and typography in TV, the general principals of working on entertainment and sports shows and on promotions. You will receive training on a number or relevant software packages.

You will produce work in response to a number of given briefs for film and television shows.

Term 2 (May – September)

Design elements produced this term may include opening titles, stings, end credits other on-screen graphics.

You will then go on a work placement at Sky.

In terms 1 and 2 students will complete Graphics and Titles work to briefs set by the lead tutor. These projects will ensure students portfolios include the key type of work to secure work on graduation.

Term 3 (September – December)

You will work on a variety of grad shows at the NFTS and choose one of these as your graduation project. This will be a major piece of original work and will include:

  • Storyboard(s) to guide and support the iterative design process with the production team
  • Production of a style guide for the show which will be useable on screen and in printed form. This style guide must include the rationale for all design elements and must specify how these elements can and, critically, cannot be used to ensure that your design and branding objectives are achieved.
  • Production of opening titles, stings and closing credits.
  • Production of graphics templates for use in the studio and in post production.
  • Support the production team through all stages of the production process with design and graphics production workflow advice and graphics production and operational services to ensure the highest quality final result.

Placement

Each student will complete a placement at Sky for 4 weeks.

NFTS Benefits

Graphics and Titles course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Cinema Club, Screen Arts and NFTS Masterclasses - these strands see major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted), Abi Morgan (Suffragette, The Hour), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).

Tutors

Highly experienced graphic designer, Hugo Hansell, has been appointed to run the Diploma in Graphics and Titles for Film and Television.

Hugo has developed brand identities for a number of prominent companies within the film and media industries including Protagonist Pictures, Cornerstone Films, Bankside Films, BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and WFTV (Women in Film and Television). He has also created many film and marketing campaigns including film posters, print and online advertising, for the likes of the BFI, BBC Films, Film4, Pathé and Artificial Eye.

Entry Requirements

A graphics design qualification at degree level is beneficial and a portfolio of graphics work is preferred.

An interest in graphic design and motion graphics for television and an ability to work to deadlines as part of a team are essential.

We are looking for people who can marry good design with computer animation packages.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

Apply With

  • Please provide links to your portfolio 
  • Tell us about a Production you have worked on or admire. Critique the graphic design, its plus and minus points and how you might approach refreshing it (no more than two sides of A4)

How to Apply

Last few places remaining! Please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and contact details to be considered for one of the last remaining places on this course: info@nfts.co.uk
  • 12 Month Course
  • Full-time
  • Course runs Jan-Dec each year
  • Next intake: January 2017
  • UK and EEA applicants only