Moving Image Arts

Moving Image Arts is an arts-based, film-making A-level. It is a relatively new subject offered exclusively by CCEA and is intended for artistic, creative students with an interest in moving images in whatever format (film, animation, advertisements, etc). It offers students the opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills, including technical skills, teamwork and project management.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the making and evaluation of moving image art works from a range of different genres and forms.
  • Offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on digital filmmaking in the classroom and learn technical skills that will enable them to express themselves creatively.
  • Provides a complete introduction to digital filmmaking covering skills like directing, lighting, camera skills, editing and sound tracking through the use of state of the art digital IT facilities.

70% of available marks for MIA are awarded for the students’ practical work, ideas generation and development, planning, creating a film product, and evaluating its success.
The remaining 30% of available marks are awarded through an online examination which tests the candidate’s ability to discuss and analyse film through the use of film language.

"Check out the Moving Image Arts Showcase 2014 film (about 7 minutes 20 seconds in) to hear Maryann Maguire talk about her short film. Maryann won first prize in 2014".

The Moving Image Arts department have a range of film making equipment which pupils can borrow (a small deposit is required). We have several DSLR cameras complemented by a range of standard camcorders, Rode microphones, digital audio recorders as well as an array of tripods and lights. These are used by pupils to complete film making coursework tasks in class and at home. Moving Image Arts pupils also have access to state of the art editing facilities using the latest software titles available through a suite of Apple Mac computers.

Departmental Staff

  • Mr Ciaran Lyons
  • Ms Maeve Mulligan 

Celebrating Achievement
Dominican College pupil Maryann Maguire’s A2 short film “Wiggles, A Clown’s Tale” won 1st prize at the prestigious Foyle Film Festival Moving Image Arts awards in 2014.
MaryAnn Award
In 2011, LiaMarie Kelly (front row, left) won 3rd prize at the same awards ceremony for her A2 coursework film.
mia winners group

Examination Performance

A Level - percentage & (pupils)

 Year  A*  A  B   C   D  E
 2014  0 (0)  11% (1)  67% (6)  22% (2)    
 2013  0 (0)  33% (2)  17% (1)  50% (3)    
 2012  10% (1)  0 (0)  70% (7)  20% (2)    



AS 1 - Creative Production: Foundation Portfolio - 70%
This unit involves the production of a short film (around 3 minutes) and is assessed when the student submits a portfolio of work containing a statement of intention, a pre production exercise, a finished product (their final film) and an evaluation.
Using an initial idea or theme of their own choosing as a starting point, students will be expected to create a complete narrative moving image artwork of their own, working formally and stylistically within the parameters and conventions of a particular mainstream genre or category of moving image art. Students can choose to work in a genre or formal category from within one of the specification’s two core moving image art forms: Film or Animation.
AS 2 - Critical Response - 30%
This unit is assessed through an online examination consisting of three questions on previously unseen film clips. Students are tested on how they are able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film language, forms, conventions, purposes and meanings;
  • analyse and critically evaluate moving image products and texts in an unseen context;
  • draw upon the knowledge and understanding they have developed from their own study and practice.


A2 1 - Creative Production: Advanced Portfolio - 70%
Study at Advanced GCE builds on the AS, allowing for greater depth. This is achieved through a structure, which provides opportunities for:
  • greater specialisation in developing particular intellectual and practical skills;
  • extended development of particular themes, contexts, ideas, issues;
  • further theoretical research; and
  • interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work and the opportunity for comparative study and practice.
The core objective of this unit is to allow students to explore how different artistic disciplines and approaches have influenced the form and style of the moving image.
This unit invites students to experiment with different interdisciplinary stylistic and formal combinations in their work and to appreciate the development of the visual language and techniques of the moving image within a wider context of art and creativity.
A2 2 - Critical Response & Specialisation - 30%
In an online examination context, students will be expected to respond critically to three questions relating to a range of moving image clips chosen from the specification’s two compulsory moving image art forms: Film and Animation.
Questions 1 and 2 will each contain two previously unseen moving image clips. Clips from both Film and Animation will feature at least once in the overall selection.
In Question 3 or 4 students will be given the opportunity to answer a question based on a set text film that they have will have studied in depth.


 AS  IT1/3 Theory   IT2/4 - Coursework 
 IT1: 60% exam
 IT2: 40% CW
 Data , information and knowledge
 The value and importance of information
 Quality of information
 Validation and verification
 Capabilities and limitations of ICT

 Uses of ICT - Business
Computer based shopping systems

 Uses of ICT - Education
Uses of computers for teaching and learning
School / college administration

 Uses of ICT - Health
Scanning, life support
Medical databases
Expert systems

 Uses of ICT - Home
Home on-line banking

 Presenting Information
 Human Computer Interface (HCI)
 Social Issues
 Database Systems

Spreadsheet features and functions
Methodology and Practice
Simulation modelling
 Solution to a problem involving three separate tasks
 Analysis of existing data processing activities
 Desk top publishing
 Automated documents
 Compression and storage techniques
 A2  IT1/3 Theory   IT2/4 - Coursework 
 IT3: 60% exam
 IT4: 40% CW
Choosing a network for a company
Types of network available
Software components

 The Internet
The impact of the Internet upon business
Connecting to the Internet
Moral, Social and Ethical Issues

 Human Computer Interface (HCI)

 Working with ICT
Codes of conduct

 ICT Security Policies

 Database systems
Distributed databases

 Management of change

 Management Information Systems

 System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
 A database project based in an actual commercial context
User Requirements
Design specification
User documentation
Project planning



DB Yr14 sample

Extra-curricular Activities

The ICT Department runs an after school club which is open to all pupils studying ICT in the senior school. The ICT club is intended to introduce pupils to the more demanding aspects (yet fun!) aspects of computer programming which are not covered in normal ICT lessons. For this we are fortunate to have the use of 5 Raspberry Pi computers generously donated by iTeach. One of the main reasons for running the club is so that pupils who are considering a degree programme in Computing will have had the opportunity to investigate this area.



38 Fortwilliam Park,

Belfast, County Antrim

BT15 4AQ

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