Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

Covers of first four MEJs

NEW: AMES conference 2017 - Media, Politics and Young People

Conference Poster

The AMES 2017 conference took place on Sat 3 June at St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The theme of the conference was Media, Politics and Young People. The keynote speaker was Dr Eamonn O’Neill, award-winning investigative journalist & Associate Professor in Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University. Around 55 people attended and the feedback on the keynote and all the workshop sessions was very positive. Delegates also aprreciated the venue, St Leonard's Hall at University of Edinburgh. It is likely that we will return there in 2018.

Files from some of the sessions (Adam Curtis documentaries, I, Daniel Blake, Disney Princesses, Teaching Mulrimodal Literacy, How to Read Donald Trump, Persepolis (graphic novel and animation)) are available to AMES members, along with many other media and film resources.

NEW: AMES eNewsletter Jun 2017

The latest newsletter includes AMES items as well as news from Into Film, The Film Space, Deep Learning and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

NEW: Media Education Journal 61

MEJ 61 was published in June 2017. Articles include:

  • Fake News (Alex Law)
  • Storyboarding (David Griffith)
  • Understanding Comics (Rick Instrell)
  • Arrival (Roy Stafford)
  • Strictly Brexit (Tina Stockman)
  • Pedagogy of Serial Narrative (Jeff Chown)
  • Disney Princesses: Dream Big? (Wendy Elrick)

As well there is the usual extensive reviews section.

Creative Scotland: Equality Matters

Equality Matters was published in Jan 2017 and has strong recommendations for the development of film-specific qualifications at SCQF levels 5-7 (p. 16). Pages 21-34 of the report contain an informative summary of film education in Scotland and shows the need for SQA qualifications. Download this section called Pathways.

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.


The 2017 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here.

The 2016 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here