Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham
Previous Conference Speakers: Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham


Conference Poster

The 2018 AMES conference will take place on Sat 2 Jun at the University of Edinburgh’s historic St Leonard’s Hall. Because of current developments in Scottish moving image education, screen education will form the theme of the 2018 conference.

Leading media educationist Cary Bazalgette (above) will deliver the keynote address on how toddlers understand movies. After teaching in London schools, she worked at the British Film Institute from 1979 to 2007, including 8 years (1999-2006) as Head of Education. Her passions are to develop good practice in media education and to advocate its importance as an entitlement for all. In 2009, Cary did research for Scottish Screen on the impacts of moving image education. In 2018, she completed her PhD at UCL Institute of Education on how children begin to learn about moving-image media. Cary used embodied cognition approaches to develop new ways of understanding very young children’s engagement with films and TV.

AMES is in receipt of increased financial assistance from Scottish Film Education and Into Film. This will allow us to reduce conference fees to £10 for individual members and for those from centres with institutional membership. This is a considerable reduction on the non-members’ fee of £60.

The conference features the usual mix of workshops/seminars. The full programme is:

(Codes: P: Primary education, S: Secondary education, F: Further/higher education)
0945-1015 Registration and coffee
1015-1025 Introduction: Mary Birch, Convener of AMES
1025-1110 Keynote: Screen Education - the Prequel: How Toddlers Learn to Understand Movies: Cary Bazalgette
1110-1130 Film Education Action Plan: Scott Donaldson, Creative Scotland

1130-1140 Comfort break

A1: National 5 Media: Matthew Smith, SQA (SF)
A2: Teaching Wadjda: Roy Stafford (PS)
A3: Mise-en-scène: David Griffith (SF)
A4: Teaching Sitcom - Gary Tank Commander: Rick Instrell (SF)
A5: Cancelled
A6: Cancelled due to lack of numbers opting for this session.

1245-1330 Lunch

B1: Higher Media After Units – an Overview of the Changes: Kirsty Mackinnon, SQA (SF)
B2: Film Education Action Plan for Scotland: Scott Donaldson, Creative Scotland (PSF)
B3: Complex Narrative Structure in Feature Films: David Griffith (SF)
B4: Teaching Musicals - La La Land: Des Murphy (SF)
B5: Cancelled due to lack of numbers opting for this session.
B6: Cancelled due to lack of numbers opting for this session.

1440-1450 Refreshments

C1: An Introduction to the NPA in Film and Media: Matthew Smith, SQA (SF)
C2: Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative Media: David Martin, Skills Development Scotland; Marjorie Crooks, Edinburgh College (SF)
C3: Analysing Film Comedy: David Griffith (SF)
C4: Teaching Science Fiction - Blade Runner 2049: Rick Instrell (SF)
C5: Cancelled due to lack of numbers opting for this session.
C6: Cancelled due to lack of numbers opting for this session.

1610-1630 AMES AGM


Non-member (£60)
Individual/institutional/retired member, student and concession fee (£10)
Joining AMES as new individual member + conference (£55)
Joining AMES as new institutional member + conference (£70) + £10 per each additional delegate
Renewing institutional membership + conference (£50) plus £10 per each additonal delegate

AMES members can reserve a place or places at the conference by emailing their name and institution to Robert Preece. Payment/official orders can be submitted later.

Any queries about the conference should be addressed to the conference organiser Rick Instrell (Tel: 01875320737; Mobile: 07931734825).

If you have not renewed membership then now is the time to do it! Address membership enquiries to AMES treasurer Robert Preece.

Resources from PREVIOUS AMES conferenceS

The substantial resources from the 2016 conference and previous events are available at the members only password-protected resources page.