Moving Image 2: Moving Image Methodologies

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


In this unit, you will explore historical and contemporary strategies (a combination of technical, visual and conceptual methodologies) from this expanding field. You will exploit the temporal specificity of the moving image, as well as considering the moral and ethical concerns of its dissemination.

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 artefacts. 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 identifying appropriate output contexts. Throughout the course you will be invited to show increasing autonomy and to interact with the wider community of learners at the OCA.

The unit is a practical one but is also concerned with furthering an awareness of creative techniques and exploring artistic approaches by looking at selected historical and contemporary works. It will encourage you to view media critically, and to identify the myriad techniques and devices that are employed, how they affect audiences, and how they can be incorporated into your own video work.


This unit aims to:

  • Provide the support for you to identify, learn and develop visual and conceptual moving image strategies for the production of outputs within contemporary photographic practice.
  • Help you identify the wider social, cultural, economic, moral and ethical implications of the disseminated moving image.
  • Equip you with the skills that you need to produce visual material that integrates previously conceptualised and realised ideas.
  • Build your critical, analytical, evaluative and reflective skills.
  • Help you develop your personal voice and broaden your communication and storytelling skills.


On successful completion of the unit you will:

  • Have detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies and awareness of moving image contexts and frameworks in contemporary photographic practice.
  • Demonstrate a wider knowledge of the social and cultural implications of the disseminated moving image.
  • Be able to reformat and realise a range of ideas, evaluate their relevance and integrate them in to the production of visual material.
  • Be able to manage learning resources, exhibit self-appraisal and interact effectively within a learning group.
  • Be able to start developing a personal voice and apply communication skills effectively and with increasing autonomy.