Short Title:Motion Design and Special Effects
Full Title:Motion Design and Special Effects
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:DESG H3002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:Deirdre Kennedy
Module Description:The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a sophisticated set of motion design methodologies and technologies that they can apply to the production of a motion design or special effects project. In tandem, students will learn industry-standard media production and visual special effects software.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Utilise design principles and methodologies to complete the pre-production stage of a motion design project
LO2 Complete the media production stages of a motion design project
LO3 Create a motion design project for their professional portfolio
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Motion Design Project
Develop and use professional design methodologies in concept development, content structure and narrative development, storyboarding, interface design, visual design and scheduling to produce a professional motion design project.
Motion Design
Principles of motion and visual design, history of motion design and title sequences, visual design
Learning AfterEffects Software
In-depth tutorials in all aspects of motion design and visual special effects software
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Using media production and AfterEffects software, complete a motion design or visual special effects project 3 60.00 Week 13
Continuous Assessment Through workshops and tutorials, produce a detailed design and storyboard for a motion design project 1 20.00 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pre-production, software and motion design practicals 1,2,3 20.00 Ongoing
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips 2015, Graphic Design The New Basics, Princton Architectural Press
Recommended Book Resources
  • Edward Tufte 1997, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press
  • Robert Jacobson and Richard Saul Wurman 2000, Information Design, MIT Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources