Motion Graphics

​Interested in creating the slick, quirky, and mesmerizing moving visuals you see everyday?
From commercials, live music performances, movie titles, TV shows, sports broadcasts, game UIs, and music videos, motion graphics is leading design through a multitude of industries. The Motion Graphics program was crafted from the input of industry leaders to take budding new motion designers to the next level. Taught by experienced instructors the program encourages both practical and experimental approaches to creating motion graphics. From the conceptual phase, through design and onto animation, learn industry standard workflows and techniques; or hone, expand and update your professional skills.

The Motion Graphics courses train students to create visual effects and animated designs for film, broadcast, games, and the web using industry-standard tools and techniques. Students study graphic design principles, production fundamentals, animation, and effects pipelines and learn how to take a motion graphics presentation from concept to final output. Graduates from the program have been employed by visual effects studios, major television networks, advertising agencies, video game companies, cartoon studios, motion design boutiques, high-tech marketing departments, and others.

​​Here are some professional examples from the Motionographer Vimeo Channel

With An ACC Motion Graphics Education…

You Can Become a:

  • Motion Designer
  • Broadcast Designer
  • Film Title Designer
  • Cartoon Compositor
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Style Frame Designer
  • Concept Designer

You Will Learn:

  • Conceptual Boarding
  • Graphic Design
  • Typographic Design
  • Video Compositing
  • 2D/3D Animation
  • Video Editing / Integration
  • Team-Based Workflows

You Will Be Trained In:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Studio
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Trapcode Suite
  • Video Copilot Element 3D

Degrees Offered

Two degrees are offered for the Game Design specialization: Associate of Applied Science and a Certificate. For further information and descriptions about the courses please visit the College Catalog: Course Descriptions.

Get Prepared For a Career in Motion Graphics

Austin is a blossoming city for motion graphics careers with international ad agencies, film studios, television networks, educational publishers, game companies, high-tech manufacturing, and a number of other companies that need motion design.

According to Glassdoor and a 2014 AIGA study, the average Austin motion designer makes approximately $60,000 per year. With screens becoming such a prominent part of our daily lives, the demand for motion graphics is only getting larger. Get in on the ground-floor of this young industry by learning from seasoned professionals who will give you the skills and tools to be successful.

“As an employer of animators, I’m impressed by the mentorship and level of talent coming out of this program.”
Ron Pippin
Shiny Object


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Graduate Profile: Lyon Graulty

Lyon began his adventure in the Motion Graphics program in 2012 with an ongoing background in music, art, and film. Like many students, Lyon initially took some classes out of order until he was able to get on-track. He was a disciplined student throughout the program and had a great balance of conceptual, design, and technical skill. By the second year of the program he really hit his stride and upon graduation in 2014, he was able to quickly find a contract that turned into a full-time job.

View his work below and visit the ACC Motion Graphics album on Vimeo to view more of his school and professional work.

Life In The Lab

ACC Motion Graphics students attend classes in a program that modeled after the experience of working in a real studio to best prepare them for a career in the industry. From project pitches, to critiques, to deadlines, to team-based projects, students become acquainted to the rigors and routines of life as a professional motion designer very quickly.

The curriculum and instructors come straight from the motion graphics industry and help insure that students are getting the most crucial and up-to-date knowledge that they can possibly get.

The Highland Campus is a state-of-the-art facility with all of the comforts and amenities to make daily life that much more comfortable. The Motion Graphics lab includes the latest hardware and software to ensure that graduates enter the workforce with knowledge of the very latest tools.

Where Are They Now?

Since the first class from the Motion Graphics program graduated in 2012, students have had great success finding employment. Our graduates are now motion designers in broadcast television, visual effects, cartoons, advertising, marketing, education, high-tech and just about every possible industry.

Many have gone on to do motion design for employers such as:

  • 36ixty Visuals
  • ​Acceptance Insurance
  • AMD
  • ESPN
  • Hack Studio
  • Impossible Engine
  • Powerhouse Animation
  • The Publicity Guy
  • Somnio Advertising
  • TEGNA Media
  • Tokyo Electron
  • ​Turner Studios
  • Zoticus
  • Contract/Freelance

Featured Portfolios

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Amaranda Hernandez

Jennifer Fields

Bradley Coufal