The short-term certificate in Motion Graphics will appeal to both newcomers and professionals in the areas of television, corporate and event video, web design and animation who seek to demonstrate a level of proficiency in using animated text and image. These courses, selected from the Film and Media Arts degree sequence, provide a streamlined path to proficiency in Motion Graphics. Participants create motion graphics for film and television as well as other forms of visual storytelling. The recipient of this certificate has demonstrated professional-level competency in using motion graphics to communicate a message and enhance production value for film and media productions. 

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Use listening and knowledge of technical terms/industry jargon to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues and other professionals.
  2. Demonstrate proper business etiquette, appearance, teamwork behaviors and understand legal regulations, industry ethics, production schedules and budgets in order to be a contributing member of the production team.
  3. Use editing software, motion graphics and animation to produce files for various media and delivery formats that meet customer requirements.
  4. Apply knowledge of mission and story structure to produce a written treatment and storyboards for a motion media production.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART-1081 2D Design and Color 3
FILM-1180 Introduction to Film and Media Arts 3
Select one of the following: 3
Imaging Basics for Film and Media Arts: On Location and in Studio
Digital Imaging I
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
FILM-2380 Visual Effects 3
FILM-2480 Motion Graphics 3
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
FILM-2780 Motion Graphics II 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours18

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.