Moving Image Arts A Level – Applications Open

After a successful pilot year we are delighted to deliver the Moving Image Arts A Level qualification for eighteen participants in Edinburgh through funding provided by Scottish Film Education.


Moving Image Arts (MIA) is a practical subject with hands on film production at its core. 60% of the qualification is based on a portfolio and final film that participants research, develop, write, produce, direct, shoot and edit. The other 40% is based on studying and developing a knowledge of film history and theory with particular focus on Alfred Hitchcock and the Classical Hollywood Style and Formalism: Early European Cinema and American Expressionism. The qualification is developed and accredited by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland and is believed to be the best film qualification in schools across Europe.

MIA is an ideal choice for students wishing to pursue a career in the Creative Industries, which value and promote independence, originality, creative enterprise and technical skill. The course develops creative and critical abilities in writing, producing, directing and editing, as well as analysing films from a range of contexts and disciplines.

60% of previous students here at Screen Education Edinburgh have gone onto study film at Edinburgh Napier University and with another 20% going into industry jobs and apprentice schemes. The remaining 20% have gone onto further education at College.

Watch the films from last year’s A Level Course here.


Moving Image Arts is delivered as an extra curricular activity after school hours at our base. Due to the Academic nature of the course candidates must meet certain eligibility criteria:


To study the Moving Image Arts AS Level you must meet the following:

  • Live in Edinburgh or close enough to be able to attend classes weekly at Screen Education Edinburgh
  • Achieved a National 5 grade A or B in Media Studies and/or English or
  • Achieved a Higher grade A-C in Media Studies and/or English or
  • Participated in a BFI Film Academy or
  • Are able to demonstrate the technical filmmaking and Academic ability needed in order to participate in the course
  • Are not attending a University course.

Anyone aged up to 19 who fits the criteria above is able to apply for this course.

Participation on MIA is completely free, but only 18 places are available.


Delivery of the project will be managed by Graham Fitzpatrick (Creative Manager at SEE) and taught by our lead film tutor Neil Rolland who is a practising filmmaker, educated to post-graduate level in film and has extensive experience as a film tutor across our programmes.

SEE specialise in running filmmaking and film education projects: currently we run three British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academies in; Edinburgh (covering South East Scotland), Inverness (covering the Highlands and Islands) and a UK Wide Summer Residential based in Edinburgh, delivering the BFI/ Creative Skillset qualification ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’.

We also work with young people living in areas of multiple deprivation, those engaged with equalities groups and those living in areas of rural and cultural isolation through our Cashback for Creativity programme across Edinburgh and the Lothians, as well development of NEET young people through our Princes Trust Get Started programme, with Arts Award qualifications embedded into both.


MIA classes will run alongside the school term with one two hour session per week at term time starting week beginning 24th October 2016 and ending with exams in June 2017.

Sessions will take place on Tuesdays 5-7pm or Thursdays 5-7pm depending on which class you are assigned (some classes may run for an extra hour until 8pm but you will be given notice of this).


Fill out this application form and email it to If you have any questions email Neil or speak to him on 0131 343 1151.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd October 2016 at 12pm. 


Full details of the curriculum can be found on the link: 

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