MIA, Media and Journalism Week 2018

Places on our 2018 Moving Image Arts, Media Studies and Journalism CPD teacher courses are now open for booking. All courses are FREE to teachers or those working in a school.

All courses will run from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd June from 10.00 am – 16.00pm and will be held in Nerve Belfast CLC at the Ulidia Resource Centre. 

Course Details:

Intro to Editing with Final Cut/Premiere

During the course of this one-day workshop you will learn the basics of editing theory, concentrating on continuity style editing. You will plan and film a variety of scenarios such as shot reverse shot conversations, learning how to avoid common issues that may arise during editing. In the afternoon you will be introduced to either Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro to edit your footage and add some basic effects.

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Script to Screen

Pure Cinema techniques allow us to tell stories with minimal dialogue but massive visual impact.

Here we will look at useful influences and inspirations, cover ideas for getting students to generate narratives, look at how to visualise those through storyboards and how to use Pure Cinema techniques.

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Back to Basics Bootcamp

A starting from scratch full day workshop which covers proper camera set-up, how to shoot to edit, how best to approach editing, and how to use location sound and generate sound effects.

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Intro to Newspaper and Magazine Layout with InDesign

This full day course will introduce you InDesign, the professional design software from Adobe and will take you through creating layouts for print publication (newspaper and magazine).

This course will be particularly useful for teachers of the CCEA A-Level in Journalism, as print is a requirement in the portfolio coursework but would equally be useful for those teaching Media Studies, Art and Design etc.

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Theory for MIA AS

This full day course will cover the key areas of study for the revised MIA AS examination – Alfred Hitchcock and the Classical Hollywood Style and Formalism: Early European Cinema and American Expressionism. The MIA Chief Examiner will detail the Learning Outcomes of the new AS specification and the support materials available, including the specimen examination and fact sheets. The course will explore approaches to teaching the subject content and preparing candidates for the online examination.

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Foley Sound and Scoring for Moving Image

Some of the best foley sounds are made from everyday objects so we will be exploring how to create, capture and manipulate these sounds.

This full day workshop will explore effective sound recording techniques as well as how to encourage your students to be creative when it comes to making their own foley sounds and scoring their MIA films.

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Creative Cinematography and Composition

This workshop will cover practical and low budget lighting techniques and exercises that can be done with your students. It will also allow you to experiment with creative composition and camera techniques using DSLR cameras.

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Theory for MIA A2

This full day session will cover the key areas of study for the revised A2 examination – Realism in World Cinema, including Italian Neo-realism, the French New Wave and Poetic Realism. The Chief Examiner will detail the Learning Outcomes of the new A2 specification and the support materials available, including the specimen examination and fact sheets. The course will explore approaches to teaching the subject content and preparing candidates for the online examination.

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Infinity Wars on a School Lunch Budget

There are, right now, a number of extremely powerful and entirely free animation and VFX compositing packages. This one day workshop will show you how to use Gimp, Hitfilm Express and Blender to create expressive visual effects ranging from simple compositing and green screen work to more complex animated effects.

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2D Drawn Animation

Led by the Nerve Centre’s own animator Dee Gribbin, this one day workshop will introduce you to drawn animation techniques and software helping you to support your students in this area of animation.

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Journalism in the Media –Journalism Writing Skills

This full day course will focus on a range of different writing skills, including hard news and feature writing, headlines and photo captions.

This will be useful for both GCSE and GCE Journalism teachers as it will reinforce the basic requirements of journalistic writing which underpin both specifications.

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GCSE Genre Film-making

This workshop will cover the basic ins and outs of planning, shooting and editing a film at GCSE level.  There will be a special emphasis on effective genre film-making.  The course will therefore explore how specific camera, sound and editing techniques are used across a range of popular genres and provide instruction on how best to replicate those techniques in the classroom and beyond

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Help I’m a GCE MIA Teacher

Led by the Principal Moderator and APM for MIA AS, this full day course will give an overview of the requirements for MIA at AS and A2. Concentrating on the coursework elements, it will also cover some ideas for practical exercises as well as help and advice in planning your schemes of work. Feel free to come along with your own ideas and, as ever, a large pen/hard drive can come in handy to share resources.

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Journalism in the Media –TV Broadcast

This full day practical and hands-on course will introduce you to the skills involved in recording and editing audio-visual footage, including interviews, for a TV news broadcast.

This will be useful for teachers of Journalism and Media Studies at all levels.

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Ten for Ten

Action FX and camera hacks to elevate student film-making!

Learn how to use ten different techniques, mostly practical but some mixing practical with digital, which everyone can teach their class in ten or so minutes. These include: Time lapse effects, cloning actors, light sabres and muzzle flare effects, force perspective miniature effects, high tech target sight interfaces and practical Wes Anderson style approaches to titles and graphics.

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Scriptwriting Masterclass

This master class is lead by our very own screenwriter Danny Nash to help you unlock the narrative potential of your students. He will take you through the process of writing a script; from idea generation to developing a more sophisticated and structured approach to scriptwriting.

Although this workshop is aimed at MIA teachers it would also be beneficial for English and Drama teachers (or anyone who has been lumped with producing the school play!)

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