Moving Image Arts


Head of Department

  • Mrs V McMahon

BA(Hons), PGCE

Subject teacher

  • Miss C Reid

BA(Hons), PGCE

Introduction and ethos

Moving Image Arts (MIA) was successfully introduced in 2009 to Ashfield Boys’ High School. It is offered at GCSE, AS and A2 level and is accredited by CCEA. MIA is a vocational A level therefore the learning is essentially done through hands-on practical coursework. Moving Image is the study of camera techniques, film language, lighting, sound, narrative and film analysis.

The moving image is a key driver of the creative industries. The rapid growth of digital media technologies has made the creative industries increasingly accessible and attractive to young people. The impact of these developments is being felt within the classroom, where students are seeking opportunities to learn technical skills and express themselves creatively.

Film, Photography & Animation club


Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE Course content

Year 11 | Unit 1 | Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production (20%)

This unit consists of two controlled assessment tasks. They aim to help you develop understanding of technical processes and gain hands-on experience in at least two of the following film language areas:

  • Camera technique
  • Sound
  • Mise-en-scène
  • Lighting
  • Editing
  • Animation
  • Post-production

You must complete two controlled assessment tasks under these four headings:

  • Thinking • Planning
  • Making • Evaluating

Your teacher will mark the work and CCEA will moderate. Your task will be submitted electronically as an e-portfolio.

Year 12 | Unit 2 | Planning and Making a Moving Image Product (60%)

CCEA will issue a pre-release paper, known as the externally set assignment (ESA) and you will have the opportunity to produce your own moving image product in response to the set theme/stimulus. You must develop your own unique product and you will complete one controlled assessment task.

Your work will be based on a common theme under these four headings:

  • Thinking • Planning
  • Making • Evaluating

Your teacher will mark the work and CCEA will moderate. Your task will be submitted electronically as an e-portfolio.

Unit 3 | Critical Response to Moving Image Products (40%)

You will study five films set by CCEA (three feature length and two short films): You will study for this throughout years 11 and 12.

In the online examination, you must:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film language, genre conventions and visual style;
  • analyse and evaluate a range of moving image excerpts; and
  • draw upon the knowledge and understanding you have developed from your own study and practice.

You will complete an online exam which will last 1 hour 30 minutes. The exam is divided into three sections. Each section will feature:

  • a brief sequence from one or more of the set films; and
  • questions that assess knowledge and understanding.

You answer all questions, CCEA sets and marks the exam.

Key Stage 5 Overview

AS course content:
AS1 | Moving Image Arts Creative Production: Foundation Portfolio (70%)

Students must create an original and complete film or animation.

The finished film or animation must be supported by a portfolio of written, illustrated and audio-visual materials that provide evidence of the creative processes and practices undertaken to complete it.

The portfolio must be presented in the following sections:

Statement of Intentions;

  • Pre-Production;
  • Pre-Production Exercise;
  • Final Product; and
  • Evaluation.
  • The Critical response is the written examination and is worth 30% of AS.
Online exam with unseen moving image clips. (30% of AS 15% of A level)

This exam is conducted online in a computer suite. Students are shown unseen moving image clips and are required to answer a question relating to each of the clips. The moving image clips are in the form of film and/or animation.

A2 course content:
A2 1 | Moving Image Arts Creative Production and Research: Advanced 
Portfolio (worth 35% of the full A level)

The advanced portfolio must be presented in the following sections:

  • Illustrated Dissertation;
  • Pre-Production Exercises;
  • Pre-Production; and
  • Product Evaluation.
  • Online exam with unseen moving image clips.  (15% of the full A level)

Students must answer three questions relating to previously unseen moving image clips. The moving image clips will be in the form of film and/or animation.

Questions 1 and 2 are compulsory. One question will relate to film and the other to animation.

In Question 3, students can choose whether to answer a film or animation related question.

This subject is concerned with the theory, craft and aesthetics of Film making during which pupils are given the opportunity to develop their creative and critical abilities through hand-on learning in the craft of ‘film making’.

Career pathways

  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Producer
  • Film Editor
  • And many more…

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