Moving Image Production

A course for education professionals interested in the use of digital video technologies in schools or colleges.

October-December 2016

Indicative fees: £1040 (home and EU students), £2346 (overseas students)

Who is the course for?

Designed for education practitioners who want an introduction to moving image production, including film and animation techniques, this module mixes theory with practical activities.

It uses key theoretical material from film study and offers ways of making it accessible in the Film, Media Studies and English classroom in secondary schools.

Additionally, primary school teachers and managers seeking to learn more about using media technology creatively in literacy and other areas of the curriculum will also find the courses will meet their needs.

What does it cover?

The learning objectives of the course are:

  • To introduce students to key debates in the area of contemporary moving image production.
  • To introduce students to underlying theoretical issues in this field, including the semiotics of filming and editing, new literacies, multimodality theory, and theories of creativity.
  • To give students experience of moving image production techniques: the use of digital video cameras, non-linear editing systems, animated content.
  • To enable students to consider the use of these systems in an educational context, in relation to learning theory, pedagogic theory, and current debates about digital literacies.

How long is it?

It is a one-term course running from October–December 2016. It starts on Monday 3 October 2016 and the final assessment deadline is at the beginning of March 2017.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is a mode of delivery which is particularly appropriate to personal development offering the students the advantage of not having to give up work. It’s a mixture of face-to-face teaching and a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) which enables students to access course materials (articles, activities and exercises, podcasts, video, lectures or presentations in PowerPoint), as well as to have online group discussions, share video work and get feedback from the tutor.

However, to avoid distance learning becoming an isolating and lonely experience, there are face-to-face sessions. There is a one-day workshop at the beginning of the course on Friday 7 October 2016 plus a two-day workshop on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2016. The workshops run from 10am–4pm and are held in London at BFI Southbank (Waterloo).

How is the course assessed?

Course assessment is by practical editing assignments and a piece of reflective writing.

What course materials are provided?

You’ll get an online course book with activities, commentaries and course reading extracts, and you’ll be able share video and written work on the VLE.

Who tutors the course?

Staff from the UCL Institute of Education, and the BFI.

What can I do when I finish the course?

These modules are part of the UCL Institute of Education MA in Digital Media Culture and Education, and there are other distance learning modules available through that course. For more information on these and other aspects of the whole MA please visit

How to apply

You can apply using the UK PASS website.

If the link doesn’t take you directly to the course outline (links may well change throughout the year), select ‘Course Search’, then ‘Search for Courses’. Type in ‘Short Course’ in the keyword box. The Institute of Education is on the list that comes up – select ‘apply online’.

If you have any difficulties with your application, contact:

For students interested in short courses, payment is upfront at enrolment, or within 30 days. A discount of 1% is offered if payment is made within 14 days. For further information or queries please contact the finance department at the Institute of Education on 020 7612 6180 or email


The course fee for 2015 was £1040 (home and EU students), £2346 (overseas students). Fees usually rise a little year on year.

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