Subject Team

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Mrs Z McAleece (Head Of Department)
Mrs O McShane

Department Aims

Ethos Aims and Objectives of the Art Department

Art & Design is one of the main creative outlets for the Students in Portadown College. The prime aims are to develop in our students an appreciation and love of visual culture and to provide opportunities for the students to experience the whole range of creative activities available in the subject. The programme is designed to foster ability and we aim, by creating a caring and accepting environment, to allow talents to emerge and develop.

Art & Design aims to give students opportunities to develop:

  • Creative and imaginative powers, and the practical skills of communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design and the moving image;
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding, critical skills and the ability to realise intentions;
  • Understanding of codes and conventions of art, craft, design and the moving image and awareness of contexts in which they operate;
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary societies and in other times and cultures.
  • The potential to achieve highly in the chosen subject / Level through an embedded understanding of the relevant Assessment Objectives.
  • Personal development through the encouragement of self-discipline and organisation, self-esteem, self-confidence, moral awareness and decision making.
  • The skills and understanding necessary to prepare for  GCSE, AS and A2 Art and Design and AS and A2 Moving Image Arts.


Moving Image Arts aims to:

  • provide an enhanced learning experience through a state-of-the-art iMac suite with industry standard software, lighting and audio equipment;
  • allow students to express themselves through the medium of film and sound;
  • provide students with the requisite skill and knowledge to enable them to take their first steps to a career in Creative Media, which is the fastest growing industry in Northern Ireland.

The Art and Design and Moving Image Department has recently been refurbished. Facilities and resources include:

  • A dedicated Building.
  • Two Art and Design Specialist Studios.
  • Sixth Form Art Centre
  • Animation Studio
  • Music / Drama suite
  • Kiln Room / Ceramic Area
  • Exhibition space
  • The Moving Image Arts studio. The Studio is a fully equipped suite complete with iMacs, iPads, industry-standard software, lighting and sound technology, etc.


GCSE Art & Design

Examination Board:  CCEA

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Examination Board :CCEA

What is GCSE Art and Design about?

Students of our GCSE Art and Design course engage in a critical, practical and theoretical study of art and design. They develop an appreciation of the work of artists, designers and craft workers from a range of cultural backgrounds. They also develop their artistic creative practice through a wide range of media and processes.

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

Component 1 Part A: Exploratory Portfolio



Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

This is a linear qualification.


Part A:

Controlled assessment

Internally set and assessed

Externally moderated

Part B:

Controlled assessment

Internally set and assessed

Teacher sets tasks based on examples from controlled Assessment booklet which is set by CCEA.

Externally moderated




Part A: 25% 50 marks


Part B: 35% 70 Marks


Component 2: Externally Set AssignmentControlled Assessment

Externally set examination Internally assessed Externally moderated

A stimulus paper is set by CCEA. This provides a choice of theme starting points.



80 Marks

What can this subject lead to?

This course prepares students for the study of art and design and related courses at A Level and beyond. It also provides students who have an interest in developing a career in art and design with relevant, skills-based knowledge. Possible Careers include Media, Graphics, Web Design, Architecture, Textile Design, Fashion, Buying, Interior Design, Teaching and Art Therapy.

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Examination Board: CCEA

What is GCSE Moving Image Arts about?

GCSE Moving Image Arts is one of the most exciting and current subjects on the curriculum. Students study the practical and theoretical processes of filmmaking and enjoy experimenting with various types of media including audio. You will have the opportunity to work on a range of tasks, including planning and creating moving image products.


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What will I study and how will I be assessed?


Component 1:

Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image Production


Compulsory online examination

1 hour 30 mins

The examination features:

! a range of previously unseen

audio and visual stimuli and

short film sequences;

! questions that assess

knowledge and understanding

of film language, practices,

techniques and contexts;

! scenario-based questions that

assess creative and production

management skills; and

! questions that assess analysis

and evaluation of film

language, audience and


CCEA Set and mark this component




Component 2:

Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production


Compulsory controlled assessment tasks

Students complete four tasks specified in the Component 2 Task Booklet:

·        storyboarding;

·         camera and editing;

·         sound.

·       Animation

Internally assessed & externally moderated



Component 3:

Planning and Making a Moving Image Product


Compulsory controlled assessment portfolio

Students produce a live-action or animated film portfolio from a selection of genre-specific production briefs that CCEA provide.

The portfolio must feature:

  a research analysis;

  preproduction material;

  a completed moving

product; and

  an evaluation.

Internally assessed & externally moderated


What can this subject lead to?

This linear course provides a solid foundation for progression to GCE AS/A2 Moving Image Arts, other subject-related qualifications, vocational training and employment within the creative industries.

A Level

Art and Design

Examination Board: CCEA 

What is A Level Art and Design about?
Through studying GCE Art and Design, students have opportunities to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for art, craft, design and media. Students gain knowledge and understanding of all Art based disciplines whilst gaining experience in working in a broad range of processes and materials.  


What will I study and how will I be assessed?

AS ContentAssessmentWeighting
AS 1: Experimental Portfolio Students develop, explore and record ideas. Students base their portfolio on a theme that CCEA issue in a stimulus paper at the beginning of the AS course. 

Teachers assess students’ work and CCEA moderate the results.



50% of AS 20% of A Level


AS 2: Personal Response Students present a personal outcome. In this unit, students respond to a theme that we issue in a stimulus paper at the beginning of the AS course. It includes developmental work and an outcome that stems from the research and exploratory work completed for Unit AS 1



Teachers assess the controlled task and CCEA moderate the results.


50% of AS 20% of A Level


A2 ContentAssessmentWeighting
A2 1: Personal and Critical Investigation

This unit includes both practical and written investigations and the use of theoretical research. Students demonstrate understanding through integrated practical and written forms.

Written investigation 1000–3000 words – externally assessed 20% of A2 12% of A level

Teachers assess the practical investigation and CCEA moderate the results. 40% of A2 24% of A level


60% of A2 36% of A level


A2 2: Thematic Outcome

In this unit, students respond to a theme that we issue in a stimulus paper at the beginning of the A2 course. This unit includes developmental work and an outcome which stems from the personal investigation completed for Unit A2 1.

Teachers assess students’ work and CCEA moderate the results.


40% of A2 24% of A level


Are there any particular qualities or skills I should have to study this course and to what kind of careers can it lead?
Students studying AS and A2 Art and Design need primarily to be imaginative and creative.

They should be able to work independently and make their own critical judgements whilst having a good knowledge and understanding of Art and Design processes and theory.

Possible careers include: media, graphics, web design, architecture, product design, film and animation, textile design, fashion-buying, interior design, teaching and art therapy.

Entry Requirements: Grade C* or above in GCSE Art and Design.

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Moving Image Arts

Examination Board: CCEA 

What is A Level Moving Image Arts about?
Moving Image Arts is the study of films and filmmaking through the process of making your own short live action film or animation. Moving Image Arts is a combination of all other art forms (performance, musical, visual, physical, lyrical, textual). This subject aims to develop imaginative, creative, and expressive skills through the use of a range of professional industry level software used in the well-equipped Mac Editing Suite.

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

AS ContentAssessmentWeighting
Unit AS 1:

Critical Appreciation and Application of Visual Storytelling Techniques:  Foundation Portfolio

Students must produce:

• A Statement of Intention

• Pre-production materials

• One 3–4 minute narrative film sequence or 1.5 – 2 minute animation sequence based on provided stimuli and

• An evaluation

Teachers mark the coursework and CCEA moderate the results.

24% of A Level
Unit AS 2:

Critical Response

Students take a 1.5hrs Online External Examination with questions on clips from set study areas.

• Section A – Hitchcock and the Classical

Hollywood Style

• Section B – Formalism: Early European

Cinema and American Expressionism


16% of A Level
A2 ContentAssessmentWeighting
Unit A2 1:


Production and




Students must produce:

• an illustrated essay;

• pre-production materials;

• one 4–7 minute long narrative film or

2–3.5 minute long animation; and

• an evaluation

Internal Assessment

36% of A Level
Unit A2 2:

Advanced Critical


Students take a 2hr 15min Online External Examination with questions based on clips from set study areas and an unseen script.

• Section A – Realism: Narrative and

Visual Style

• Section B – Creative Exercise

• Section C – Comparative Analysis

24% of A Level

Are there any particular qualities or skills I should have to study this course and to what kind of careers can it lead?
Moving Image Coursework is ‘hands on’. Candidates must be creative and keen to develop technical film making skills. All candidates will develop and edit a short live action film or animation and produce materials to support their production. They will experiment with various filmmaking techniques and styles. Candidates will analyse film sequences, past and present, and will sit an on-line theory exam.

Studying MIA is a gateway into the creative digital industries. Many students who have studied this subject have progressed onto specialist degree courses.  A degree in one of the many areas of Film or Media can offer dynamic and wide-ranging choices of careers. Whether it is scriptwriting, set design, costume and makeup, storyboarding, art directing, animation, film or television, MIA equips you with excellent foundation skills for all of these areas.

Entry Requirements: C* in English Language or English Literature. Direct entry subject: students do not need to have studied Moving Image Arts at GCSE level to select this subject.

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Department News / Events

Year 10 GCSE Moving Image Arts Information Session February 2020

I am excited to inform you that the Nerve Centre, Belfast is hosting a GCSE Moving Image Arts Information Session for Year 10 students via ‘Zoom’ on Tuesday 9th February from 2pm – 3pm.
Moving Image Arts (MIA) is an exciting GCSE option subject in Portadown College. Moving Image Arts is an ideal GCSE choice for students wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries. This includes Film, Television and Game Design.
 This session on ‘Zoom’ will offer Year 10 students from across Northern Ireland the opportunity to speak to previous MIA students, who have also taken part in the ‘BFI Film Academy’ and the ‘Animation Academy’ in the Nerve centre, and to hear about their experiences of studying MIA.  Year 10 students will be given the opportunity to ask questions which may help them make an informed decision, should they wish to be considered for studying this popular subject at GCSE.

Please see the Zoom link or the ‘Meeting ID’ and ‘Passcode’ detailed in the poster.

Year 10 Session

2019 Art Exhibition

The ART Department held their annual Art exhibition showcasing GCSE, AS and A2 Art work.  The art ranged from ceramics and fashion to portraits and art installations covering a wide range of moods and genres.  Congratulations to our Art students for a fantastic exhibition of vivid, inspired and emotive art.

BFI Film Academy Showcase 2019

Six of our students, Rheanna Ashe, Jodie Vance, Bea Soriano, Cameron Kerr, Leah Cromwell and Amy McFarland showcased two films admired by top professionals in the industry. 

These six students produced two outstanding short films titled ‘Unhinged’ and ‘Fumes’. They all enjoyed working in a team with students from schools all over the Armagh area. They used professional equipment, excellent locations, and professional actors and actresses. This scheme runs over six months and students attend once per week to enjoy masterclasses with local professionals. This included Enda Kenny (Costume and Production), Damien Elliot (Cinematographer), Simon Joel (animator), Martin Malarkey (Chief Examiner Moving Image Art), Mik Duffy (Scriptwriter), and Michael McBroom (Director).

Guest speakers at the event were Darren Fee (Assistant Director) and his wife Leon McGeown-Fee. This couple have worked on films such as ‘Zoo’, Disney Channel show ‘The Lodge’ and ‘Game of Thrones’. They gave the students a practical insight into working in the industry and even offered work placements for the students in order to build on their experience. Watch out for these two short films!

MIA Annual Showcase 2018

Moving Image students attended the ‘MIA Annual Showcase’ at the Odyssey Cinema, Belfast on Thursday 22nd November. We were delighted that Amy Armstrong won 1st place in the AS Best film category and her film was enjoyed by all attending on the largest screen in Northern Ireland. Well done Amy!

Congratulations also to Francesca Elliot who came fourth in the Animation category this year. Inspirational guest speakers at the event included Laura Livingstone (Visual Effects Producer) and Brian Falconer (Producer) who discussed the many possible careers in the film industry.

College Art Exhibition 2018

Inspirational art that engaged all the senses was enjoyed by students, parents, grandparents and staff alike at the Art Exhibition of GCSE, AS and A Level Art yesterday.

Portadown College boasts Future Famous Animator

Congratulations to Jacob Matthess who was awarded joint first in NI in the A2 Animated Film category.  

Featured in the group photo is Bernard McCloskey from Northern Ireland Screen, Joel Simon, the award winning Animator, Jacob Matthess- future famous animator from Portadown College and Ingrid Arthurs; CCEA Subject officer for Moving Image Arts.

Jacob is currently studying animation at the University of Ulster in Belfast.

Angela and Becky achieve top marks in Northern Ireland GCSE and AS exams

Angela Sagayno 1st with full marks in GCSE Art Controlled Assessment (teacher Zara McAleece)

Becky Underwood 1st with full marks in AS Art & Design Coursework (teacher Oonagh McShane)

2017 Open Afternoon

The Art and Moving Image Arts Department enjoyed a very successful open afternoon on Friday 9th June. A vast range of Art, Moving Image and processes was on display.

There was a short presentation by Jim Laverty from Portadown Picture Framing. Jim agreed to sponsor the framing of three students work annually. This work will be on permanent displayed in Portadown College. The students chosen were:

TheoKirk, A2 Art. Theo produced a range of textile samples showcasing a range of techniques.
Zivana Bennett, AS Art. Zivana had her Graphic design selected for exhibition
Angela Sayayno, GCSE Art. Angela produced an exquisite painting of hands using collage techniques and acrylic paint


Annually students from the Art Department have work selected to be exhibited at the True Colours Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the very best of GCSE, AS and A2 Art and Design.

The Moving Image Arts Department is an award winning department. Students have won awards both locally and nationally. Annually students receive awards in the CCEA Moving image Arts Showcase event in the Queens Film Theatre. This Screening in the QFT celebrates the very best of GCSE, AS and A2 Art and Design. Students have entered and won competitions such as the E4 Eastings Animation Competition. A film produced in the department won a national competition and was featured at the 2012 Olympics as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Educational Visits / Trips

As Art and MIA extends beyond the classroom trips are a very important part of our studies. Annual trips include: The True Colours Showcase Event for Art, RUA Annual Exhibition, The Moving Image Arts Showcase Event, as well as other exhibitions and workshops when available. 

As MIA extends beyond the classroom trips are a very important part of our studies. Annual trips include: CCEA Moving image Arts Showcase event in the Queens Film Theatre, events and workshops run by Cinemagic as well as other screenings and workshops to help develop skills and film appreciation.

Art Students enjoy visit to True Colours Event 2020

Year 11 and Year 13 Art students enjoying a visit to the True Colours Exhibition currently on show at the Ulster Museum.


Year 11 Students visit Award-winning Animation Studio – June 2018

Moving Image Art students Laura Harrison, Rheanna Ashe, Jodie Vance, Bea Soriano and Francesca Elliot and teacher Mrs O.McShane enjoyed a trip to the BAFTA award winning animation company ‘Sixteen South’ in Belfast on Wednesday 20th June. These five students had produced very successful animations as part of their coursework this year. This industry visit was aimed at increasing their understanding of the world of work in the creative sector. The students enjoyed a guided tour from the creative director Colin Williams. Students had an insight into the many roles and responsibilities of the employees from Art Directors, Illustrators, Animators, Graphic Designers, Editors, Producers and Sound technicians. The day ended with a screening of current and past animations including, ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Pinkalicious and Claude.


The Department promote Creative Careers throughout all courses. Schemes are designed to reflect current employment trends both locally and Nationally dedicated careers lessons are delivered to all students and relevant trips are arranged.

Many workforces require creative and original thinkers, people who are able to adapt to different processes and workloads and people who can work independently and as a team. In Art and Design, pupils are encouraged to develop and explore new and exciting materials and techniques allowing them to enhance their thinking skills and personal capabilities that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

The Department works closely with the Creative Learning Centres and other agencies as relevant; students regularly avail of work experience and workshops. The Art and MIA department works closely with other departments to support student needs.

The study of Art and Design and MIA is useful for careers in areas such as:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Archaeology
  • Game Design
  • Architecture
  • Web Designer
  • App Designer
  • Community Artist
  • Film and Video
  • Artist
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Line Crafts
  • Illustration
  • Art Management
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Cinematographer
  • Make-up
  • Model-making
  • Costume Designer
  • Craftsperson
  • Graphic Design
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Product Design
  • Set Designer
  • Industrial Design
  • Restoration
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Design
  • Photographer
  • Television/Media
  • Textile Design




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