Moving Image students shooting a pilot sitcom episode.
Moving Image professionals work with a team to create films, television programmes and promotional video work. Options within this career include technical, creative and managerial positions, which each have their own skillsets. A producer coordinates and supervises a production, with the director driving the creative component and translating a story to the screen. Camera operators, sound designers, art directors, gaffers and visual effects editors all contribute to the success of the production. Employment may be project-based or in-house. Planning, perseverance and organisational skills are important, along with maintaining good industry connections.
The Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) and the Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) offer a Moving Image pathway to prepare students for this industry. You’ll study a range of directing and scriptwriting strategies, and learn practical skills in editing, camera operating, lighting and producing. You’ll be organising productions and identifying roles you have a preference for, and choosing electives to complement these such as Motion Graphics, Sound Design, Business Practice for the Creative Industries or 3D Animation.
In your third year, you will have the opportunity to intern in the industry, develop a quality drama, documentary or screenplay project for your showreel and showcase work at the end of year screening. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice. Your lecturers are active researchers and experienced filmmakers, developing their own work alongside their teaching.
If you don't meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. Enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Short Video Production or Stop-motion Animation. You can also come in as a 'student-for-a-day', which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.
Questions about our illustration and animation opportunities? Contact Visual Arts Team Manager Sam Cunnane.