BA (Hons) Moving Image

The BA (Hons) Moving Image Open degree assumes very little prior knowledge beyond the basic camera operations and editing techniques. Technically, it is built upon the relatively recent advances in digital video that have grown out of still photography using a DSLR camera and the now affordable editing applications that are widely available.

Degree overview

The OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image degree offers a broad range of exploration possibilities and aims to equip the student with a set of skills that aids their progression into whichever field of the moving image that they should choose. This Open degree is modular in concept and delivery and the student is free to choose from the available units to suit their own interests and aspirations. Thus it is possible that, with tutorial guidance, each individual student can tailor their course to their apparent and developing talents, their creative and intellectual inclinations. The degree assumes very little prior knowledge beyond the basic camera operations and editing techniques. Technically, it is built upon the relatively recent advances in digital video that have grown out of still photography using a DSLR camera and the now affordable editing applications that are widely available.

Level four of the Moving Image Open degree programme develops technical, creative and analytical skills through a highly structured programme of study which is made sensitive to the needs of the student through the one to one relationship with the tutor. On the completion of requisite modules at this level students will be on a par with conventional students completing their first year of undergraduate study, regardless of their starting point. Elective options at this level allows students to develop their technical and creative skills in complementary disciplines, or broaden their awareness of visual culture and advance their written and analytical skills if they wish.

From this foundation, students have the choice to specify their preferred mode of study with core units that are weighted towards either a more traditional independent filmmaking route or a more medium-reflective pathway; they have the option of studying one of these or both. There is enough flexibility within the structure to ensure a solid progression whilst at the same time allow students to shift across the spectrum of available content towards the development of their own individual practice.

Level 6 consists primarily of a negotiated programme. The three modules can be intimately linked and the wide range of tutor specialisms provides the possibility of supporting student work which is both fresh and challenging and shows a maturity of outlook across the spectrum of moving image practice.

The distance learning ethos demands a level of self reliance and a strong commitment to self analysis which, taken with the close relationship between the tutors and students at every level, should produce lens based practitioners capable of offering prospective employers and/or clients capable, committed and self reliant graduates.

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The two mandatory course units at Level 1 (HE4) are:

  • Setting the Scene (forthcoming)
  • Fact and Fiction (forthcoming)

Students who have previously or are currently studying the Photography course Digital Film Production will not be required to study Setting the Scene.

In addition to the mandatory course units, students are required to study one of the following units:

Degree aims

  • Provide an intellectually stimulating programme based on high quality study material and tutor support;
  • Develop students’ creative capacities and their ability in the interpretation and application of lens based imagery;
  • Introduce students to historical and contemporary moving image practices across a range of disciplines, including documentary, feature, fine art and conceptual approaches;
  • Develop students’ critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to moving image practice as well as the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practised;
  • Provide an environment in which the student has the possibility of changing their view of the world and their interaction with it both visually and intellectually;
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in the moving image to expand their application areas;
  • Develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of the moving image appropriate to employment, further study or life-long learning;
  • Build the confidence and skills necessary to sustain practice.

Course content

Full details of the content of the OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image degree, and pathways available to you can be found through the degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable below. If you need more information about the content of this Open degree and the course units available through it, please call the office to speak to an advisor.

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The OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image degree handbook

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The OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image degree pathway

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.5 million people in the UK alone. By studying an Open degree with OCA, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.

The film and moving image industry is a highly competitive area of the creative sector. Your OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image degree will provide you with an edge by providing you with the technical, theoretical and professional skills demanded by this now thriving industry. You will come out of your degree with a large portfolio of work that demonstrates your abilities to a prospective employer. Careers open to graduates include Television Camera Operator, Runner, Broadcast Engineer, Film Editor. You will be employable by large corporations such as Sky, BBC, ITV, C4 etc., as well as by independent film production companies and public sector organisations. 

For more information on the careers your Moving Image Open degree can lead to, please see the Photography and Film section on Prospects.ac.uk.

Matt White

Programme Leader for Moving Image

Lens based media have been at the heart of my practice for twenty years. During that time I have utilised the photographic medium to investigate and communicate a number of experiential ideas.

Often acting as the protagonist of my own work, I devise working processes that force an element of isolation to explore how personal and moral conflicts are sited within a wider socio-political landscape. These tasks, or experiments, become the impetus for new works that pose questions about the nature of belief and the way in which the mind can be manipulated.

The work that has resulted from this research methodology has been shown in galleries both in the UK and abroad including, Spike Island, Bristol; EFA Project Space, New York; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; Bergen Kunsthall, Nprway; Focal Point Gallery, Essex; Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh; Unit 2 Gallery, London.

My first degree was in Fine Art (Intermedia) at Kingston University before receiving an MA in Fine Art from the University of Wales, Cardiff. I have been a University lecturer since 1995 and over that time have taught at various levels from BTEC to MA at a number of institutions including, Kingston University, Chelsea School of Art, Oxford Brookes University and the University of the West of England. I am currently a senior lecturer in Photography at the University of South Wales.

My work as an educator extends from a genuine interest in the ever shifting language that surrounds the creation, manipulation and dissemination of the photographic image. I very much enjoy the dialogue between my students, their work and the context that it inhabits towards the furthering of our collective knowledge.

OCA BA (Hons) Moving Image Degree course units

The available course units for the BA (Hons) Moving Image Open degree programme can be viewed below.

Level 1 (HE4)


Please click here to view the Moving Image level 1 course units.

Level 2 (HE5)

Please click here to view the Moving Image level 2 course units.

Degree Programme Enquiry Form

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