Moving Image Arts

It can be said that no art or communication form is as influential, powerful or prolific in the modern era as the art of Moving Images. From film and television programming to advertising and web streaming, it’s a medium that resonates with people because its combination of all other art forms (performance, visual, physical, musical, lyrical, textual) most closely approximates the limitless creativity of our own dreams.

The director Ingmar Bergman said: '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.'

The Nerve Centre's creative learning centres work in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) on the introduction of Moving Image Arts (MIA), the first A-Level in the UK in digital film-making.

The qualification, which involves practical film-making and the first online exam at this level in the UK, has been a resounding success – almost 900 students entered the exam in June 2009 at 70 centres across Northern Ireland including 10 schools in England.

The qualification is now being introduced as a GCSE with almost 10 schools planning to enter students in 2010. This fits with Northern Ireland’s new curriculum development plans where learners at age 14 will be entitled to a choice of 24 courses, at least one third of which must be vocational or applied.

The partners have developed a website to support teachers and students undertaking MIA - Creative Learning in the Digital Age (CLDA).

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