Learn how to direct your own innovative motion concepts

Motion Designer – a 90-week, full-time program offered in Karlskrona, Sweden.


Immerse yourself in the world of motion graphics

The 2-year Motion Designer program is a specialized craft-based education within the field of motion design, motion graphics mainly focusing on 2D-animation. No prior experience is needed.

Motion Design is a subset of graphic design why the core skills visual ideation, drawing, color theory, typography and design software are important parts of the education. With this foundation, the students learn how to bring things to life through motion with the purpose to visualize brands, products, character’s, statistics, messages and tell stories of any kind. These crafts of visual storytelling and animation are timeless and can be applied with any software.

Study Mode
The program is full-time, 40 hours/week at Hyper Island’s campus in Karlskrona. The program is performed in English. At Hyper Island we strive to create learning experiences that resemble the real world workplaces. You will learn while working with real clients, coached by industry professionals and sharing knowledge within the class, as well as learning on your own.

Our methodology focuses on the why as much as the how and the what, and on team collaboration instead of individual effort, in order to challenge participants to grow personally and professionally. We introduce new ways of thinking and learning for participants to develop themselves into lifelong learners.

In this program, you will practice learning-by-doing and reflection as an active learning tool. Through regular feedback you will practice self-leadership, enhancing your ability to work effectively both as a team member and leader. You will learn to create and run effective teams, navigate group dynamics and develop your skills in project management and leadership.

All course content is designed to meet the needs of today’s industry and is delivered by industry professionals at the forefront of their field. You will be challenged to create solutions to real-world problems, practicing techniques of idea generation and business transformation.

The program is accredited by Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskola (Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education) and graduates from the program will receive a diploma in Higher Vocational Education. International students graduating from the program will receive a non-accredited diploma of successful completion from Hyper Island.

Nordic students – No program fee
For persons with a legal residency in any of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Faeroe Islands), regardless of nationality or citizenship, it is possible to apply to one of the governmentally funded seats, i.e free of charge. To be recognized as a Nordic applicant you need to have a legal residency and a personal id number in any of the Nordic countries at the time of your application.

International students
For international and fee-paying students the 90-week program fee is 229,000 SEK.

The program requirements are a successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and proficiency in English (the entry requirement for studies at the higher vocational lever is the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B or international equivalent. Applicants do not need to submit IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent test.

Program courses

What you will learn

PROJECT 1 - Foundation

Introduction to a number of tools that will support the continuation of all other projects and courses of the program. Tools about personal development, group development, leadership, and idea development and presentation techniques are introduced and worked within a practical manner. Current global trends in key related areas of the program are explored.

PROJECT 2 - The Industry

A project about industry analysis. The student will get tools, work methods and processes for understanding and research the Motion Design industry, the roles, the trends and how the business works.

PROJECT 3 - The crafts of Motion Design

Focus on exploration of the industry, which the program is built upon. Introduction to the crafts and tools that will support the continuation of all other projects and courses of the program. Introduction in the main techniques and software used in the Motion Industry: Principles of animation, basics of stop motion, graphic design principles, typography, basics of character design, basics of character animation, CEL-animation and storyboard. Training in depth of solid drawing and the principles of animation.

PROJECT 4 - Motion Design tools

Training in software used in the Motion Design Industry and the students choose to specialize in: Adobe Creative Cloud with focus on Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate and Cinema4D.

PROJECT 5 - Storytelling

Storytelling and its importance in motion production. Build on classic dramaturgy the student learns how to convey a story visually by using elementary film principles and motion graphics.

PROJECT 6 - Documentation and presentation

Tools and methods to document projects, learnings and results in an appropriate way. The student will
train both designs for visual presentations and oral presentation skills.

PROJECT 7 - Concept, Brand, Pitch and Production

Focus on tools and methods for concept development and visual presentation of concepts and treatments. Working with briefs and develop and present motion design concepts with a focus on the brand and target group of the brief. Includes pitching of concepts and a production period.

PROJECT 8 - Exploring tech of motion

Hands-on experimentation with new technologies used in the field of Motion Design, learning the hardware and basic relevant programming. A creative exploration of how to create impactful motion design with interactive experiences using technologies like projection mapping, motion capture, virtual and augmented reality.

PROJECT 9 - Personal Brand

Development of communication solutions for building and developing a personal brand. Methods to perform self-inventories and exploration related to a personal brand. Exploring yourself in relation to the motion industry and the different roles such as employment and freelance. The project includes coaching towards the internship which will span over remaining projects in the education.

PROJECT 10 - Motion Studio and specialisation

How to run a motion studio and work with the whole production process such as communication, entrepreneurship, time estimation, budgeting and production within short time restraints. The student will have the opportunity to specialize in one or more of these main moments in a Motion Design process: Pre-production: concept development, sales and client communication, script, storyboard, illustration and treatment. Production: Illustration, 2D vector- animation, CEL-animation or 3D animation.

PROJECT 11 - Self Management and Personal Goals

Self-inventory of development needs and taking action on own development in order to create own project challenges and setting up of project plans.

PROJECT 12 - Final Project preparation

The goal of this project is to get prepared for the final project. During the final project, every student creates a Motion Design that reflects the skill set of the student and the personal, creative, visual or working style.

PROJECT 13 - Final project

The goal of this project is that every student creates a Motion Design that reflects the skill set of the student and the personal, creative, visual or working style. The project includes designing, planning and execution of the production. The result intends to complete the student’s portfolio and showreel to help the students to find their role in the industry.

PROJECT 14 - Portfolio and Thesis

An individually designed project that requires the students to build upon the learnings generated during previous courses. This course allows the students to specialize and deepen their knowledge within an area of their choice and at the same time to work on their personal portfolio towards their internship.

PROJECT 15 - Internship 30 weeks

Industry Placement shall provide the students with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding in their field of specialization by being in a professional environment under the guidance of industry professionals. Last week of Industry Placement students gather at school and focuses on presenting and sharing gained knowledge, skills and competence as well as evaluating their full learning journey of the program.

Career and key skills

Motion Design is an education within the field of motion design, motion graphics mainly focusing on 2D-animation. It aims to provide the students with a holistic perspective on the motion design production process while at the same time train the student in the crafts of visual expression and animation and culminating in the tools and software relevant for motion design.

Regardless of their present level of experience, the students will leave the program equipped with the skills and experience necessary to begin a career in motion design and animation. By the time they graduate, they will have a wide array of skills and knowledge, prepared to launch or upgrade their careers as Motion Designer, Graphic Designers, Director, Character Designer, Character Animator, Layout Artist, Illustrator, 2D-Animator, Producer, Creative Art Director.

Key Skills:

  • Design and direct innovative motion concepts based on client´s need.
  • Idea generation and the creative process
  • Develop concepts and designs across platforms
  • Use treatments, storyboards and style frames
  • Implement motion design with industry relevant software and tools.
  • Produce motion designs effectively.
  • Use storytelling techniques to convey a story.
  • Evaluate and optimize the workflow in the motion production process.
  • Present your work and products effectively
Karlskrona Campus


Welcome to Karlskrona, where everything began! Declared a world heritage by UNESCO, Karlskrona is a city that lives and breathes history. It is also the place where Hyper Island’s history begins. In 1996 an old military prison on Stumholmen island was transformed into what would become one of the finest institutes for digital education in the world, Hyper Island.

With Sweden’s richest historical heritage right outside the door and a 360-degree ocean view, Hyper Island Karlskrona is the perfect place for creativity. Our students in Karlskrona develop their talent in an environment full of inspirational beauty.