Moving Image 2: Moving Image Methodologies

Course Level: 2 (HE5) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


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Relatively recent technical advancements in the recording, structuring and dissemination of the moving image mean that practitioners across the wider photographic spectrum have at their disposal incredibly sophisticated tools for the development of their ideas. Photographers are increasingly expected to extend their individual photographic vision through to the moving image. In this unit you will explore historical and contemporary strategies (a combination of technical, visual and conceptual methodologies) in this expanding field of photography. You will explore and exploit the temporal specificity of the moving image as well as consider the moral and ethical concerns of its dissemination.

You will increase your awareness of contexts and frameworks and be encouraged to develop your personal practice and photographic vision in an expanded debate on the photographic image. You will be encouraged to employ experimental and creative approaches in order to develop a reflexive practice that involves the development of your own ideas into compelling moving image products. This unit employs and encourages a conceptual approach and you will be aided in creating and developing your own individual research methodology as well as identify appropriate output contexts. Throughout the unit you will be invited to show increasing autonomy and to interact with the wider community of learners at the OCA.


This aims of this unit are to:

  • A1 extend your technical and visual skills in moving image production
  • A2 use visual and contextual research to inform your moving image practice
  • A3 use experimentation to explore and extend your knowledge of moving image practices and genres
  • A4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts of moving image practices and reflect on your own practice


On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills through a portfolio of moving image practice (A1)
  • LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your moving image practice (A2)
  • LO3  demonstrate how experimentation has informed your moving image practice (A3)
  • LO4 situate, reflect and critique moving image practices and reflect on your own learning (A4)

Course content


  • Video traditions – from Portapak to DSLR, the expanded field of photography.
  • The truth of the image -the moving image as fiction, document, witness and evidence.
  • Traditional perspectives revisited – portrait, landscape and the still life.
  • Still Moving – temporality and the photograph as moving image tool.
  • Narrative, storytelling and the semiotics of the image – montage and the disruption of story.
  • The importance of sound – voiceover, foley and mood
  • Performance – the moving image and performance.
  • The dissemination of the moving image – moral and ethical concerns from Youtube to the art gallery.

Course sample

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