Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

Covers of first four MEJs

NEW: Edinburgh Venue for AMES conference 2017

AMES 2017 conference will be held on Sat 3 June at St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The theme of the conference is Media, Politics and Young People. Details will follow in March 2017.

New: INTO FILM Festival 9-25 nov 2016

The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year-olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways. Taking place from 9-25 Nov across the UK, around 450,000 young people will attend one of the 2,500+ free Festival events including: A cinema screening programme of over 150 film choices, industry expert Q+As, career information sessions, filmmaking workshops, masterclasses and special speaker sessions. There are also free downloadable education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum. Visit the Festival website now to see what is happening near your school. Bookings are now open with places available on a first come, first served basis. Book FREE places now to avoid disappointment.

NEW: October 2016 Newsletter

The Oct 2016 AMES e-newsletter includes news of the DCA event, MEJ 60, MEA and Film Space events and SQA news, The Sep 2016 AMES e-newsletter includes news of the DCA event, the 2016 conference report, SQA news, the Into Film Festival and St Andrews film studies department public events.

NEW: MARY BIRCH is the new ames convener

Rob McDermott has stood down as Convener of AMES after six years. Many thanks to him and welcome to the new convener Mary Birch. The 2016 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here

NEW: Media Education Journal 59 and 60

MEJ 60 will be published in December. Articles include:

  • Barthes and Carry on Up the Khyber: Colin McArthur
  • BBC Charter (including “Scottish Six”): David Hutchison
  • The Monarchy and the Media: Neil Blain
  • Breaking Bad:  Hazel Work
  • Representation of Refugees: Emma Bryant
  • Big Bang Theory: Tina Stockman
  • The Role of Emotion in Early-Movie Watching: Cary Bazalgette
  • 1984 and  films influenced by Orwell’s novel: Keith Withall
  • Feminism and Media Studies: Karen Boyle

A bumper issue with the usual extensive reviews section.

MEJ 59 was published in June 2016. It contains articles on Jessica Jones, Dr Strangelove, Scottish cinema, Raidió Teilifís Éireann's commemoration of the 1916 Easter rising, an interview with Utopia producer Chris Robb, an extended review of Jason Mittell's Complex TV and further reviews of 12 books.

NEW: Digital Learning and Teaching

Following the consultation, the Scottish Government has published Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through the Use of Digital Technology

Framework for Film Education

This key document, aimed at film educationists and policymakers throughout Europe, was launched on 19 July 2015. To Scottish eyes it is very 'CfE-friendly' and should be a key resource for teachers arguing for coherent moving image education policies within their own schools. On behalf of the BFI, AMES is distributing print copies of the document to members and contacts. If anyone has not received a copy, email Des Murphy.