Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

The Bash Street Kids, The Broons, The Simpsons, South Park
The Bash Street Kids, The Broons, The Simpsons, South Park


NEW: Survey on proposed PDA in Media Education

AMES has proposed the development of a Professional Development Award in Media Education. SQA have requested that AMES conduct a survey to gain evidence of demand. To this end we would ask that all educators (teachers, lecturers, QIOs, community educators, arts educators, MIE lead practitioners, media professionals) at all levels who use media contexts in their teaching complete the short questionnaire. The deadline is Friday 18 December.

NEW: AMES e-Newsletter DECEMBER 2015

A summary of Scottish media education news can be found in the AMES e-Newsletter December 2015. It includes news from AMES, BFI, Into Film, Scottish Youth Film Festival, Deep Learning and SQA. You can also download AMES e-Newsletter November 2015.

NEW: Bilevel Teaching of SQA N5/H Media

Deep Learning is offering this professional learning opportunity on Saturday 5 December 2015 (1030-1600) at Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre George Square, 187 George Street, Glasgow G1 1YU. The course fee is £50. There are still a few places available. The course will take a thematic approach by focusing on the representation of migrants in the UK press, a Channel 4 documentary Europe's Immigration Disaster and Neill Blomkamp's 2009 SF mockumentary District 9. View details.

Scottish Youth Film Festival

The inaugural Scottish Youth Film Festival is taking place this weekend (20-22 November) at Armadale Academy, Armadale, West Lothian. All events at the Festival are free and are open to young people aged 19 and under. The Festival kicks off on Friday night with a Gala Screening of He Named Me Malala an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education for all girls worldwide. On Saturday and Sunday the Festival offers a host of filmmaking activities for young people who have never tried filmmaking before as well as talks and careers advice for those thinking of a future in the creative industries. Workshops include animation, writing, sound design, zombie make up and introductions to filmmaking and will be delivered by a host of organisations including Into Film, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Screen Education Edinburgh. The festival is rounded off on Sunday by an Awards Ceremony celebrating the very best of young Scottish filmmaking talent with awards for Animation, Live Action and Documentary in different age categories. Booking is recommended -

SQA Media Attainment Statistics 2015

The SQA attainment statistics 2015 are useful in comparing your centre's statistics with national averages. We have extracted the Media/Media Studies Statistics 2015. The most notable change is the 66% increase in students studying Media at Level 4 (mainly National 4).

Framework for Film Education

This key document, aimed at film educationists and policymakers throughout Europe, was launched on 19 July. 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.

Media Education Journal 57

MEJ 57 was published in June. It includes Rick Instrell's article' Barriers and Thresholds in Learning Media Studies part 3'. Resources on related to this can be downloaded below.

Media Education Journal 58

MEJ 58 will be published at the end of 2015. An outline of the content can be found on the MEJ page.