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Experimental Moving Image

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
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  • Start Date(s): 18 January 2024
  • Duration: Thursdays 6 – 8.30 pm, five weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Moving image is everywhere, from short films to video art and from experimental music videos to animation.

On this practical course, you’ll learn creative approaches to making expressive moving image works including essay films, using archive footage, aesthetic decisions in editing and utilising colorised blending effects.

Focusing on materiality, form and emotion, you'll use the world around you as inspiration to create short moving image works with a contemporary art focus.

Suitable for a complete beginner or anyone who has created video content before, this technical course will help you to develop your own creative voice to make visually interesting moving images.

There’ll be lots of opportunities for experimenting, exploration and risk taking so that you can confidently communicate your ideas through moving image.

You’ll use cameras and digital editing equipment to create a self-directed moving image project and, if you’re feeling brave, you can submit your work to short film festivals at the end of the course.

  • By the end of the course, you’ll have a better understanding of how to create experimental moving images, and how to apply your ideas using a range of different digital processes from production to editing.
  • You’ll have generated unique moving image content and have plenty of experiments to add to your portfolio and continue exploring the process further.

What you’ll study

Many of us now carry around a camera in our pocket which has created a world of moving image that floods our daily lives.

Using your own content of small unedited clips that you have found and made, you’ll work with the elements that intrigue you the most to make new and original moving images, video art and experimental film.

These will be the stimuli to aid the creative process and exploration of your moving image skills, offering new insights and inventive approaches to your individual projects.

You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of video and moving image installations; from collecting moving images on specific themes to using the cut-up technique to create narratives, and from production to post-production, you’ll focus on experimentation and unexpected ways of thinking.

You’ll complete a series of fun, short projects to generate ideas, create plenty of moving image content and plan your film’s narrative, considering how to communicate your ideas through moving image.

During the course you will:

  • develop your understanding of the history of moving image
  • generate a storyboard to help form your ideas and set the scene
  • use a range of equipment including digital SLRS, sound recorders, microphones and lights
  • focus on a self-directed project with a unique outcome bespoke to your idea
  • practice moving image editing techniques using industry standard software
  • present your moving image project in a group screening at the end of the course.

You’ll be introduced to the techniques through practical exercises, classroom discussions and critiques, and one-to-one feedback.

There’ll be lots of chances to share work and discuss the process and consider where you could show your moving image at the end of the course.

How you’re taught

This is a practical course taught in person on Nottingham Trent University city campus.

Tutor Profile:

Claire Davies is an artist who makes moving image, objects, sound, installation, and performance pieces.

Claire is also the Senior Technician in moving image for the fine art department at Nottingham Trent University.

She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and went on to co-found and co-direct Rhubaba Gallery Studios in Edinburgh.

Claire is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Artists’ Film and Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London.

She has shown work internationally across art exhibitions and film festivals including; Channel 4’s Random Acts Commission, Sheffield International Documentary Festival,  Alchemy Film Festival, TCBTV at Somerset House in London and Radiophrenia Project at CCA in Glasgow.

Claire has also had a solo exhibition The Valley of Lost Things at Two Queens in Leicester.

You can view Claire's artwork here:


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • any moving image content you have found or made (small unedited clips that intrigue you)
  • any web links to footage that inspires you (because there are many nuances of using other footage as part of your own content, such as stock footage/reappropriating Youtube content/well-know TV shows or films etc, your tutor will advise you on whether they will be appropriate to use in your work during the course)
  • a notepad and pen
  • a USB stick.

Campus and facilities

You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find collaborative working spaces and studios with comprehensive computer suites equipped with software for editing video.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should be confident in basic computer skills such as saving files and other basic functions.

No previous video-making experience is required.

You must be over the age of 18 to attend this course.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £260

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply