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Welcome to Moving Image Arts

Department Aims/Ethos

We aim to:

  • Enable pupils to have an appreciation and understanding of moving image genres and contexts;

  • Develop our pupils as creative and inquisitive individuals who investigate and experiment with film-making techniques and processes;

  • Encourage pupils of all abilities to explore film and its processes in both theory and practice;

  • Enable pupils to develop their creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills; and

  • Highlight the variety of careers in film-making and give solid advice on suitable progression pathways.

Our MIA rooms


We are very fortunate to have two Mac suites, which have been specifically kitted out for MIA students. On each computer there are a variety of programs designed to aid the production of professional looking films. In addition, we have a considerable number of DSLR cameras, tripods and lighting kits to ensure our students have access to all the necessary materials.

Our staff


Mrs Hunter is the Curriculum Leader for Moving Image Arts and Mr Heaney ably assists her. Both teach GCSE and A Level MIA. Mr Hunter is the department’s technician.

Cameras At The Ready

Moving Image Arts is all about getting first hand experience with camera equipment. Students get the opportunity to complete a variety
of practical tasks during their study at both GCSE and GCE levels. These tasks are undertaken as part of class activities during school Time and also require students to film outside of school. Equipment is available from the department for students to borrow.

GCSE Moving Image Arts

This is a vocational GCSE comprising of 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% Online Examination. An outline of the three components involved in this linear specification (all components are submitted or completed at the end of Year 12) are provided below.

Component 1 – Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image Production

  • Compulsory External Online Examination

  • 40% of entire GCSE

  • Completed at the end of Year 12

  • Features:

    • Range of previously unseen audio and visual stimuli and short film sequences;

    • Questions that assess knowledge and understanding of film language, practices, techniques and contexts;

    • Scenario-based questions that assess creative and production management skills; and

    • Questions that assess analysis and evaluation of film language, audience and purpose

  • 1 hour 30 minutes


Component 2 – Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production

  • Compulsory controlled assessment tasks

  • 20% of entire GCSE

  • Completed in Year 11

  • Students complete four tasks that are set by CCEA including:

    • Storyboarding;

    • Camera and Editing;

    • Sound; and

    • Animation


Component 3 – Planning and Making a Moving Image Product

  • Compulsory controlled assessment portfolio

  • 40% of entire GCSE

  • Completed in Year 12

  • Students produce a live-action or animated film portfolio from a selection of genre-specific production briefs provided by CCEA. The portfolio must include:

    • A research analysis;

    • Preproduction material;

    • A completed moving image product (2 minutes in length); and

    • An evaluation


Here is a link to CCEA MIA Microsite should you wish to find out any further information

A Level Moving Image Arts

Moving Image Arts at AS and A2 level is a considerable step up from GCSE. Pupils now have full creative control over the films that they make. They are expected to write, plan, direct and edit their own short film. This requires creativity, excellent organisational, time management and people skills not to mention the perseverance and determination to see the their project to completion. These skills will aid our pupils to excel in any field of work.


We currently offer CCEA’s Moving Image Arts specifications and the units are as follows:

Here is a link to CCEA MIA Microsite should you wish to find out any further information

A- Level

A Level Moving Image Arts Trailer

We are proud of the achievements of many of our A Level pupils over the past ten years. The trailer below will give you a flavour of the work that has been produced by the film-makers of the future.

MIA Career Profiles

There are a wide variety of careers available to any MIA student should he/she wish to pursue a career in this field. Below are links to a number of factsheets on subject specific careers to allow you to find out a little more on the roles and responsibilities required. However, as an MIA student you will find you will develop a range of team-working, organisational and problem-solving skills that are valued in any career path you choose to follow.


MIA Career Links and Subject Specific Websites

Creative Skillset

This site has some excellent information about careers in many areas of the creative industries. The ‘Job Roles’ and ‘Career Navigator’ are a great way to explore different jobs and find out what pathways you need to take to work in these areas.

Honeycomb Creative Works

This site promotes the creative industries in N. Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the West of Scotland.


The ‘Film & TV’ section and the ‘Visual Communication’ section contain lots of useful information about these industries in our country.


The ‘Online Courses’ section of this site also has some great information on careers in the creative industries.

Creative Skillset NI

There is a specific Northern Irish version of this site and gives information and advice tailored to opportunities in our own area.

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen is the organisation tasked with growing the Film and TV production industry in Northern Ireland. The site has lots of useful information about funding opportunities and the creative industries in N.I.

Nerve Center

The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre. More than 120,000 people a year benefit from the Nerve Centre’s wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities, and state-of-the-art production facilities.


Cinemagic is an award winning festival that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people through film screenings, industry workshops, practical masterclasses, filmmaking projects and outreach activities.

Into Film

Into Film gives every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK the chance to experience film creatively. They provide a range of fantastic resources and opportunities for students’ films to be promoted and seen by the wider public.

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