Moving Images

GCSE Moving Image Arts follows on from the new requirement to teach the moving image at Key Stage 3 in English and Art and Design. It builds on this basic introduction and bridges the gap to the existing GCE Moving Image Arts specification.

Two key moving image art forms underpin this specification:

  • film (live action fictional narrative films); and
  • animation (rostrum, stop motion and CGI animated narrative films).

This specification focuses on how to create moving image products, and the genres within film-making. Students plan and create moving image products, and analyse and critically evaluate moving image genres.

Through studying this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of film language in theory and practice;
  • develop ideas through investigating and experimenting with film-making techniques and processes;
  • develop the ability to manage resources and equipment in relation to film production and produce moving image artworks;
  • develop technical competence in the use of film-making techniques; and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of their own practice.

This course is divided into three units:

Unit 1: Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production;
Unit 2: Planning and Making a Moving Image Product; and
Unit 3: Critical Response to Moving Image Products.

Each unit is outlined in more detail below:

Unit 1: Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production
Students practise two of the following film language areas:

  • camera technique;
  • sound;
  • mise-en-scène;
  • lighting;
  • editing;
  • animation; and/or
  • post production.

Unit 2: Planning and Making a Moving Image Product
Students produce their own moving image product (either a live action film or an animation). This unit takes the form of an externally set assignment (ESA).

Unit 3: Critical Response to Moving Image Products
Students learn how to critically analyse film and animation. They develop knowledge and understanding of film language, genre conventions and visual style.

GCE Moving Image Arts

This qualification is designed to help students develop their creative and critical abilities through hands-on learning in the craft of moving image arts.

GCE Moving Image Arts is made up of two levels: AS and A2.

The AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2.

However, to obtain the A Level qualification, students must complete both the AS and A2 levels.

The specification has a unitised structure. Students study two units at each level.

AS 1: Moving Image Arts Creative Production: Foundation Portfolio 

AS 2: Moving Image Arts Critical Response 

A2 1: Moving Image Arts Creative Production and Research: Advanced Portfolio 

A2 2: Moving Image Arts Critical Response and Specialisation