EILEEN TRACEY - Marketing Assistant at StudioCanal UK Year completed MIA: 2013

Doc Fest, explains what drew here to MIA “When choosing my A-levels I couldn't think of a subject more suited to someone like me than Moving Image Arts. I was a dedicated art student so when the chance came to develop my art into motion picture work I jumped at it.” Northern Ireland Screen has been supporting

the qualification, now offered at GCSE, AS-level and A-level, since its inception, through specialist teacher training in Northern Ireland’s three Creative Learning Centres (CLCs) – the Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, Nerve Belfast and the Education Authority’s Amma Centre, Armagh. There has been phenomenal growth in the qualification over the last ten years, and it now provides a range of practical, transferable skills, the type of skills every employer looks for – the ability to come up with ideas, to problem-solve, to be able to work in a team, to meet deadlines, to be self-motivated and to be able to manage a project successfully from start to completion. MIA is unique in that coursework focuses on

the practical nature of creating moving image. The course is also unique in that students complete exams online where they watch film clips and provide answers which are marked by examiners online. Just as making a film is a collaborative effort,

MIA is a collaboration between teachers and the CLCs. MIA is taught by teachers who have experience in teaching other subjects such as English, Drama, Media Studies, Art and Design and ICT. The CLCs in Northern Ireland play a vital role in training teachers so that they are confident in delivering the qualification. Regular training workshops are run to upskill teachers in every aspect of the MIA qualification from stop-motion animation to sound editing and film theory. This is anchored by a teacher training week run each summer to help teachers prepare for the school year ahead. During the school year the CLCs continue to

support teachers by providing access to specialist equipment for students to complete their projects or organising sessions with industry professionals

“I had always wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking and it was offered at Friends School in Lisburn for the first time when I was doing my AS-levels, so it just made sense. I was considering dropping out to go study film at Tech but this was a much better option. I was able to study film with the same depth that we used in my English Literature and Art and Design classes. In my spare time I read a lot about filmmaking and film theory so it was great to be able to use and expand on this knowledge. “I learned how to talk about film in a certain way, which I

was able to develop at university. It also differed to university in that I was able to shoot, write, direct and produce my own projects, so it was a valuable experience for me to try out new styles and find out what worked and what didn’t. “Following MIA I went on to study Video Art at university,

getting in to UCA on the strength of my A-level in Moving Image Arts. I wouldn’t have got in without my MIA portfolio and I think my A* grade set me apart. Following university, I worked for a year and a half in the production side of the indie film industry, while also directing shorts on the side. Now I work for StudioCanal, I think Moving Image Arts was a really valuable starting point for me to build onto to get a job in the film industry.”

on film craft skills, e.g. sound editing or animation, to help students complete their projects. This collaboration between the CLCs and teachers means that students have the best possible support needed to succeed in MIA.

Jack Walsh MIA is a perfect example of how government

agencies, teachers and industry can come together to deliver a qualifications programme that has real value for students and that prepares them for careers in the screen industries, the creative industries and beyond. Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen

Jack Walsh, director and graduate from the

New York Film School, noted “From a technical point of view, it was fantastic to get hands-on with professional editing software and study the workflow of post-production. It was rewarding to experiment with various edits of the footage we shot, often discovering multiple ways to portray a scene, many of which didn’t occur to us until the edit. This first-hand practice with post-production software proved invaluable whenever I commenced film school as I already had 2 years of experience with it.” In 2015 the MIA qualification was held up as

an exemplary project at the launch of A Framework for Film Education in Europe by the EU Creative Europe programme. The Framework established a set of ambitions and outcomes for people learning about film that all educators can aspire to, with the MIA qualification one of three projects presented that exemplify the kinds of outcomes the Framework supports. The tenth anniversary of MIA also coincides

with a new specification which was designed with input from the screen industry itself. This is important in putting together a qualification that provides relevant expertise for young people and also provides the skills that will help them take the first steps in their chosen careers.

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commented: “MIA is a challenging and rewarding course. I am firmly of the view that the future of the screen and creative industries will be in the hands of students who have built from the foundation of having studied MIA. Already we see MIA alumni making waves across the sector and the universities report that screen and creative industry courses are dominated by MIA students. At the same time, MIA is a brilliant introduction to entrepreneurism and leadership, skills in great demand right across the economy far beyond the creative industries.” Justin Edwards, CE0, CCEA commented “2016

is a particularly special year, as we celebrate 10 years of the Moving Image Arts Showcase and the A-level Qualification. Back in 2004, GCE AS Moving Image Arts was the first ever online assessed A-level in the UK, with 69 students, across seven schools, sitting the examination. Today, we have 610 GCSE students and 709 GCE students sitting the subject. Congratulations to all our Moving Image Arts students for realising their vision through creativity and hard work.”

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