SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMG525053
Module Leader Stephen Anderson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard Programme Entry Requirments

Summary of Content

This module will require students to understand and demonstrate a practical knowledge of digital motion graphics and visual effects. Combined with Video Editing and Compositing students shall combine editing and Motion Graphics/Vfx for appropriate delivery. Application of creative technique will cover elective areas such as Use of Green screen, Matchmoving Motion Graphics and Animation for composition, title sequence generation and general compositing techniques


Digital Motion Graphics and Visual effects. Animated timeline sequences. Visual effects for Multi Media productions. Colour correction and manipulation. Compositing of effects into 2D footage. Documentary filmmaking, short film styles. Compositions techniques for animated media. Media publishing formats .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1- Demonstrate practical skills within mixed media production.2 - Demonstrate through design and synthesis a competency in the generation of effective digital media.3 - Apply aesthetic and critical evaluation to the production process.4 - Evaluate and employ visual communication techniques and understand the role of editing.5 - Critically evaluate the use of audio media within presentations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Formal lecturers delivered by academic and guest lecturers. Laboratory based exercises. Evaluation of personal work and peer group evaluation on a regular basis. Directed learning strategies where appropriate. Independent learning methodologies will be employed. Group and individual learning. Students are provided with a range of online self paced video training materials from providers such as and These supplement the lab teaching and provide support for a range of additional topics within relevant disciplines. Formative feedback will be provided through visual presentations during timetabled lab sessions. Final summative assessment will take the form of a digital media visualisation in response to a coursework brief.

Indicative Reading

Essential Reading Wallace. Jackson., 2016, "Digital Video Editing Fundamentals" Berkley ISBN 9781484218662 Visual Effects Society, 2014, "The VES Handbook of Visual Effects:Industry Standard Vfx" Protoview, ISBN 9780240825180 Brinkmann, Ron, 2008, "The art and Science of Digital Compositing Techniques for Visual effects, Animation and Motion Graphics" Elsevier. ISBN 9780123706386 Suggested Reading Alban. Dan, 2003, "Digital Cinematography and directing", New Riders ISBN 9-780735-712548 Katz. Syeven, 1991, "Film Directing shot by shot", Michael Wise productions, ISBN 9-780941-188104 Dick. Bernard, 2002, "Anatomy of Film", Bedford St Martins, ISBN -0333973488 Cohen, Luanne, 2005, " Adobe Photoshop CS creative studio, Techniques for Digital Artists", Scitech Books, Vol 29, ISBN 0321220439 Bernard . Malcolm, 1998, "Art, Design and visual culture"' MacMillan Press Ltd, ISBN 0-333-67526-6 Thomas. Julia, 2000, "Reading Images", Palgrave, ISBN 9-780333-7765401 Roberts-Breslin, 2003, "Making Media", Focal Press ISBN 0-240-60502-X Yewdall. David, 2003, "The practical art of motion picture sound", Focal Press ISBN 0-240-805259 Ward. Peter, 2003, "Picture Composition" Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-51681-8 Meyer. Chris, 2007, "Creating Motion Graphics" Focal Press, ISBN 978-0240-81010-2 Gondek. Mike 2005, "Photoshop for digital video" Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-80633-6 Nederhorst, Robert, 2010, "Introduction to Nuke Compositing Techniques" , Gnomon Workshop (dvd) ISBN 9781597629584 Wright, Steve, 2010, "Digital Compositing for Film and Video" Focal Press ISBN 9780240813097 De Lima, E,S, 2017, "Video Based Interactive Storytelling using real-time Video Compositing Techniques. ISBN 13807501 Nederhorst, Robert, 2012 , "Creating Highly Realistic Composites" DVD Gnomon Workshop ISBN 9781597627619 Tsirbas, Artistomenis, 2016, "Camera Fundamentals for Layout:Digital Cinematography Gnomon Workshop ISBN 9781597627986

Transferrable Skills

-35 C&IT skills Analytical and evaluative skills Ability to reflect Independence Presentation skills Report writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 0.00 100.00 50% Elective digital media individual project including group work. A typical coursework assessment brief will take the form of a practical project assignment. For example "Develop a motion graphics film title sequence"