Moving Image Arts

The prospective Moving Image Arts (MIA) student should be interested in learning about the practical and theoretical processes of film making and enjoy experimenting with various types of media including audio.

A good standard of written English is necessary but, more importantly, it is essential that students are imaginative, inquisitive, willing to learn and capable of working independently within set project deadlines.

It would be desirable that students have at least a B grade in Art and Design, English, ICT, Technology, Music or Drama.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Moving Image Arts Department aims to:

  • provide an enhanced learning experience through a state-of-the-art iMac suite with industry standard software, lighting and audio equipment;
  • allow students to express themselves through the medium of film and sound; and
  • provide students with the requisite skill and knowledge to enable them to take their first steps to a career in Creative Media, which is the fastest growing industry in Northern Ireland.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, iMedia is delivered over two lessons per fortnight. It is the intention of the Moving Image Arts Department to ensure iMedia learning is both fun and industry-relevant. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based on the theme of Entrepreneurship through the use of Creative Media.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Term One, pupils will learn how to create a website using Hypertext MarkUp Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It is intended here to provide pupils with an insight into how websites are created within the web design industry as opposed to simply using a ‘What You See Is What You Get’ (WYSIWYG) software package.

In Term Two, pupils will be introduced to another iMedia programming tool that will enable them create a Mobile Application (APP). They will also receive a special talk from a guest speaker on Entrepreneurship that will form a link between the previously completed modules.

In the final term, pupils will be required to create a ‘commercial’ website or mobile app based on specified user requirements. There will be two main assessments in Year 8 - one in Term One and the other in Term Two. Assessment will be formative and will be based on how well pupils can listen, follow instructions, think logically, problem solve and be creative.

YEAR 9 AND 10 CURRICULUM

Because iMedia has been introduced in St. Mary’s for the first time in 2012, the Year 9 and Year 10 curriculum will be the same.

In Term One, pupils will be introduced to the concept of creative comic strip design. They will be required to create a storyline including well developed characters and a final digital product. This is designed to replicate industry practice where design and development of a creative project is sought through brainstorming, storyline development, character development, storyboarding and final production. The final production will be digitised using iPad technology along with Comic Life software.

In Term Two, pupils will learn how to create a video and audio sequence using iPad technology. The software pupils will use is iMovie and Garageband. Pupils will learn how to use iMovie to capture and edit a film sequence for production purposes. They will also learn how to make a multi-layered sound track to suit and match the video sequence.

In the final term, pupils will be given the choice of either creating a digital comic strip or a digital video and audio production to a set brief.

The new Year 10 curriculum will be based on the same theme of entrepreneurship and gaining an understanding of how the Creative Media industry works

It is hoped to introduce next year’s Year 10 pupils to Java programming and more advanced film-making techniques and software, including Final Cut Professional X.

We do not currently offer a programme of study in Moving Image Arts at Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 5, the Moving Image Arts Department offers Moving Image Arts (MIA) at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification.

At AS and A2, Moving Image Arts is delivered over ten periods per fortnight.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete two units. A further two units must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

Unit 1: MIA Creative Production: Foundation Portfolio (70% of AS / 35% of A Level)

This unit requires students to produce:

  • a written statement of intentions (800 – 1200 words);
  • written and illustrated pre-production materials to include: production notes, a screenplay and storyboard or illustrated shooting script, evidence of management, organisation and planning of time and resources;
  • one production exercise (film) approximately 1 minute in length;
  • one finished product (film) approximately 5 minutes in length; and
  • a written evaluation (800 – 1200 words).

Unit 2: MIA Critical Response (30% of AS / 15% of A Level)

This unit requires students to complete a 1 hour 30 minute compulsory external online examination with previously unseen moving image clips.

Unit 3: MIA Creative Production and Research: Advanced Portfolio (35% of A2)

This unit requires students to produce:

  • an illustrated essay (1500 to 2000 words);
  • written and illustrated pre-production materials to include: production notes, a screenplay and storyboard or illustrated shooting script;
  • evidence of management, organisation and planning of time and resources;
  • one visual style production exercise (film) approximately 1 minute in length;
  • one technique-based production exercise (film) approximately 1 minute in length;
  • one finished product (film) approximately 5 – 7 minutes in length; and
  • a written evaluation (800 – 1200 words).

Unit 4: MIA Critical Response and Specialisation (15% of A2)

This unit requires students to complete a 2 hour 15 minute compulsory external online examination with unseen moving image clips and optional art form specialisation with pre-set moving image clips.

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The Moving Image Arts Department has a fully equipped Moving Image Arts suite, complete with iMacs, iPads, industry-standard software, lighting and sound technology.