Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. Ingmar Bergman, Director.

Moving Image Arts is an Applied Subject which examines the history, techniques and creative impact of film and equips our students to make their own films, informed by that knowledge and those skills. St. Columb’s College offers Moving Image Arts at GCSE and AS/A2 level.

Members of the Department

Mrs O Gallagher (Head of Subject)
Mr M Meenan

Pupils can progress from Moving Image Arts, whether into broadcasting, film-making, advertising, journalism or any occupation which prize initiative, creativity, ability to work to a deadline, organisational and group working skills. Many institutions of Further Education offer Degree Level courses in Film and Media and Vocational Courses are also offered for those who prefer a more hands-on approach.

We offer Moving Image Arts at three levels in St. Columbs College, GCSE, AS and A2 Level.



GCSE Moving Image Arts focuses on the development and history of the moving image, film and animation, and develops students into film-makers. The two year course uses practical exercises and examples to develop skills in film-making, which leads to each student producing their own film. Knowledge of film is assessed through this coursework and through an online examination.

  • Component 1: Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image Production;
  • Component 2: Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production; and
  • Component 3: Planning and Making a Moving Image Product.

Year 11:

Component 2: Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production (20% of total GCSE Mark)

Compulsory controlled assessment tasks. Students complete four tasks specified in the Component 2 Task Booklet:

  • storyboarding;
  • camera and editing;
  • sound; and
  • animation.

Year 12:

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 we provide.

The portfolio must feature:

  • a research analysis;
  • preproduction material;
  • a completed moving image product; and
  • an evaluation.

CCEA set the portfolio task, teachers mark it and CCEA moderate it. The portfolio task to us
in digital format.

Online examination.
Component 1: Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image
Production (40% of total GCSE Mark).

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

Students are prepared for this in class and through a Mock GCSE examination in January/
February of Year 12. CCEA set and mark the final online examination.


You do not need to have any previous knowledge of film-making but you should have an
interest in creating a moving image product (film or animation). If you think you might be
interested in a career in the Creative Industries this might be for you. Students who do well
are; creative, enthusiastic, organised, steady workers, team players and who can work to and
meet deadlines. You will find out about the history of film and animation, watch lots of
moving image examples, get hands-on experience of film-making and learn to see more in
films than ordinary people do!

Please check out the following the CCEA MIA micro site for more information on studying

Moving Image Arts.



“Film as dream, film as music.  No art passes our conscience in the way film does and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

Specification CCEA





MIA Course Content

A candidate’s coursework submission is initially marked by their teacher and externally
marked by CCEA.

Examinations will be ‘Online’.

Entry to this subject is based on the students interest and commitment at AS and A-level.
Intending applicants should discuss their intentions with the Head of Department.

Any pupil wishing to study this subject at A-level should have their own laptop/tablet device which they must bring to school for the completion of coursework units if required.

Equipment for filming such as a camera/ tripod would also help any pupil wishing to study the subject. Equipment is available for signing out but pupils will have increased flexibility with their own equipment.

This course of study provides a very solid foundation for study at a higher level in a range of Moving Image areas of practice – (see Careers section).

Study of Moving Image Arts is essential for entry to many university courses and for going directly into areas of employment. Possible employment is listed below, but this list is not exhaustive. You should see your Careers teacher about a complete list.

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