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Moving Arts in Junior School

MOVING IMAGE ARTS IN JUNIOR SCHOOL

Pupils are first introduced to Moving Image Arts within the Art and Design Department through practical lessons. Across years 8, 9 and 10 pupils will have opportunities to:

  • Learn how to manipulate images in Adobe Photoshop
  • Storyboard, film, and edit a stop motion animation or live action film
  • Prepare for and record a promotional advert or news report focusing on key school issues.
  • Use filmmaking equipment to record sequences
  • Use editing software including i-movie and Adobe Premiere Elements

Moving Image Arts in junior school is designed to give all pupils a small ‘taste’ of filmmaking and animation prior to selecting to study the subject at GCSE or A level.

GCSE Overview

Moving Image Arts is the only course of its kind in the UK. Students of Moving Image Arts have the opportunity to work on a range of tasks, including planning for and making moving image products, i.e. animations and live action films.

Students develop ideas for personal moving image course work through investigating and experimenting with filmmaking techniques and processes.

In Year 11 students learn about key camera techniques, editing and other film production skills and undertake a series of four tasks set by CCEA in the areas of:

  • storyboarding
  • camera and editing
  • sound editing
  • animation

 

In Year 12 students have the opportunity to produce a personal moving image product (film or animation) in response to a brief set by CCEA. This component enables students to demonstrate their proficiency in filmmaking skills and also creativity in their personal response to the set brief.

Throughout both years students study a range of films and animations in order to learn the basic principles of animation and film making. Students learn to use appropriate film language to analyse and evaluate a range of moving image products culminating in an online exam that requires the demonstration of knowledge and understanding of the theory and practical elements of filmmaking.

Assessment is detailed in the table below:

Content

Assessment

Weighting

 

Availability

 

Component 1:

Critical

Understanding of

Creative and

Technical Moving

Image Production

 

Compulsory online

examination

1 hour 30 mins

The examination features:

·         a 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;

·         questions that assess analysis and evaluation of film language, audience and purpose.

CCEA  set and mark the

examination.

 

40%

Summer

only

 

Component 2:

Acquisition of

Skills in Moving

Image Production

 

Compulsory controlled

assessment tasks

Students complete four tasks

specified in the Component 2

Task Booklet:

·         storyboarding;

·         camera and editing;

·         sound; and

·         animation

 

CCEA  set the tasks, teachers mark

them and CCEA moderate them.

 

20%

Summer

only

 

 

 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

 

Availability

 

Component 3:

Planning and

Making a Moving

Image Product

 

Compulsory controlled

assessment portfolio.

 

Students produce a live-action or

animated film portfolio from a

selection of genre-specific

production briefs that CCEA

provide.

 

The portfolio must feature:

·         a research analysis;

·         preproduction material;

·         a completed moving image

·         product; and

·         an evaluation.

 

CCEA  set the tasks, teachers mark

them and CCEA moderate them.

 

40%

Summer

only

 

 

A-Level Overview

GCE Moving Image Arts is the only course of its kind in the UK having a direct and positive influence on the development of the burgeoning film industry now operating in Northern Ireland. Through study of the course students will develop the technical skills necessary to produce film and animated sequences, for example:

Camera operation, Lighting set up and techniques, Video Editing, Sound recording and Editing.

Students will also learn and develop skills in the important processes involved in pre-production, such as:

Script development, Character development, Location selection, Storyboarding and Contextual referencing

Study of Film Theory will equip students with the knowledge of how films and animations are created and how film professionals manipulate the processes of film making to directly influence an audience’s response. Knowledge gained in the theory section of the course will be brought to the practical classroom and will directly influence the students’ own filmmaking.

The GCE course allows students to study the theory of film and animation and to put knowledge into practice in the practical creation of a personal short film. The course requires creativity over artistic skills and with 70% of the marks awarded for coursework, an ability to work consistently and to meet deadlines is essential for success in this subject. 

The completion of a Moving Image Arts A level offers opportunities to study a diverse range of subjects at University level including Film Production, Film Studies, Film and Television Studies, Creative Script Writing, Animation, Cinematography, Visual Effects Design and Production, Creative Sound Design and Special Effects for Film and TV.

Assessment is detailed in the table below.

 

Unit

Type of Assessment

AS 1

Creative Production:

Foundation Portfolio

70% of AS 35% of A2

Coursework:

Using an idea or theme of your own as a starting point you will complete research, planning and experimentation followed by the creation of a complete narrative moving image artwork of your own.

(A 3 – 5 min Film or Animation)

 

Available summer only

AS 2

Critical Response

30% of AS 15% of GCE

One online exam (1hour 30 min)

You will be expected to respond to three questions relating to unseen moving image clips chosen from the two compulsory moving image art forms: Film and Animation.

 

Available summer only

 

 

Unit

Type of Assessment

A2 1

Creative production and research: Advanced Portfolio

35% of GCE

Coursework:

This unit builds upon the AS Level, allowing for greater depth and specialisation. You will complete research, planning and experimentation followed by the creation of a complete narrative moving image artwork of your own.

(A 5 - 7 min Film or Animation).

 

Available Summer only

A2 2

Critical Response and Specialisation

15% of GCE

One online examination (2 hours 15 min)

You will be expected to respond to three questions, two relating to unseen moving image clips chosen from the two compulsory moving image art forms: Film and Animation

In question three, candidates will be given the opportunity to choose to respond to a question on one of the two set films studied at A2 level.

 

Available summer only

 
 

Staff

Mrs. J. Trainor (Coordinator)

Mr. P. Morrow

Mrs. N. Thorpe

You will thrive in this subject if you are:

  • naturally creative
  • interested in using Apple Macs and video and sound editing software
  • interested in using technical equipment such as camcorders and lighting systems
  • keen to develop your organisational and leadership skills
  • good at meeting deadlines
  • keen to get a start in the world of moving images
  • a film lover

 

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