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Graphics & Titles for Film & Television (PGDip)

Course Description

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.

Quick Facts

- 12 Month Course
- Full-time
- Course runs Jan-Dec each year
- Next intake: January 2017
- UK and EEA applicants only


Visit the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/graphics-and-titles-film-and-television


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.

- A unique course in partnership with Sky.
- Equips participants with specialist skills required to work as a Film and Television graphic design.
- 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 Passport to Cinema and Masterclasses lead by major creative figures from film, television and games.

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.


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.


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


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).


Please supply a portfolio of your own work and 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 pages (A4 paper)


You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:

- APPLY FOR GRAPHICS AND TITLES FOR FILM AND TELEVISION COURSE - https://nfts.co.uk/sign-me-up/apply-now/?nid=2029

You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email
When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.


We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline. That said, there is no particular advantage to submitting your application very early. The important thing is that your application shows us your latest work and tell us about your most recent filmmaking experiences.

Visit the Graphics & Titles for Film & Television (PGDip) page on the National Film & Television School website for more details!

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NFTS Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

All long term resident UK students, once they are offered a place on the MA programme, are invited to apply for an NFTS funding award. Awards may consist of either a bursary or a scholarship or a combination of both. NFTS Scholarships are donated by individuals or organisations with a direct involvement in the film, games and television industries. They often include a mentorship and an individual donor may take in interest in your work. Therefore they have an added prestige.The NFTS funding awards contribute directly to tuition fees and may be between £1,000 and £10,000. They are not re-payable by the student. They are only available to UK permanent residents although there is also currently one small scholarship available annually to a French-speaking student.

Value of Scholarship(s)



They are only available to UK permanent residents although there is also currently one small scholarship available annually to a French-speaking student.

Application Procedure

Students are invited to apply in both of the two years of the course. Some scholarships are intended to be for a particular specialisation, for female students, or awarded on ethnicity or according to the UK region of an applicant.

Further Information



The Toledo Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Applications are treated confidentially and are means tested. The school reserves the right to ask an applicant to provide proof of his/her financial circumstances and of possible family support. The Assistant Registrar must be notified immediately of any change in an applicant’s financial circumstances. Careful consideration is given by the Scholarship Panel with a view to responding to demonstrated financial need. Funds are limited and students are asked to estimate responsibly how much assistance they think they will need as this affects the School’s ability to accommodate students in serious need.Unfortunately, we are unable to open this scheme to EU or International students, or to students on the Diploma programmes. There are some course specific scholarship opportunities available to Diploma students. Please check the latest situation on the NFTS website course pages. There may not be enough scholarships available to allow the school to give one to all applicants. Therefore it may be necessary for you to make alternative arrangements for your tuition fees and maintenance. All students offered a place are provided with guidelines for applying for independent funding. This information is distributed during the summer. NFTS funding applications are received in September and the Scholarship Panel meets in October to decide the awards for the following year. Decisions are announced shortly afterwards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See the website


The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship specifically intended to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.

Application Procedure

Application is made in the same way as all other NFTS scholarships but candidates will need to identify themselves as an UK ethnic minority candidate in order to be considered automatically.

Further Information


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.

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