Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

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NEW: AMES e-Newsletter January 2016

A summary of Scottish media education news can be found in the AMES e-Newsletter January 2015. It includes news from AMES, GYFF 2016, HippFest 2016, St Andrews Centre for Film Studies, Deep Learning and Visit Scotland. You can also download AMES e-Newsletter December 2015.

NEW: Media Education Journal 58

MEJ 58 was published in December 2015. contains articles on the Framework for Film Education for Europe: Screening Literacy by its main author, Mark Reid of the BFI. There are also articles on teaching SQA Media, teaching media in lower secondary 1-3, Islamophobia, The Hunger Games and The Deer Hunter. There is also a substantial reviews section covering: film and television; primary media literacy resources; Asian and Hollywood cinema. Colin McArthur probably breaks an MEJ record by having three contributions: an article on structuralism and Lonely are the Brave; plus two reviews. In these Colin draws on his deep knowledge of, and participation in, the early years of film studies and film schools. Douglas Allen also reviews Jonathan Murray’s The New Scottish Cinema and the Directory of World Cinema: Scotland. Whew!

NEW: AMES Conference 2016

The 2016 AMES conference will be held on Saturday 4 June at Forth Valley College, Stirling. If you have ideas for workshop sessions you would like to offer or see on offer please email. The programme will be available in March.

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 2015. It includes Rick Instrell's article 'Barriers and Thresholds in Learning Media Studies part 3'. Resources on related to this can be downloaded below.