Media release: MovieMakars – screen education in Scotland


THE 2018 Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES) conference will take place on Saturday 2 June at the University of Edinburgh’s historic St Leonard’s Hall. The conference theme is MovieMakars: Screen Education in Scotland.

AMES conference organiser Rick Instrell said “2018 is likely to be a significant year in Scottish screen education. The Screen Unit is being set up within Creative Scotland and it will have a significant education remit. New and revised SQA qualifications are available: a National Progression Award in Film and Media; Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media; revisions of National 5 and Higher Media. There is also the prospect of a Professional Development Award for teachers. Consequently, screen education is the theme of our 2018 conference.”

Leading media educationist Dr Cary Bazalgette will deliver the keynote address based on recent research: ‘Screen Education – the Prequel: How Toddlers Learn to Understand Movies’. She worked at the British Film Institute from 1979 to 2007, and her belief is that “if media education is worth having, then everyone should have it”.

There will also be a rich mixture of seminars and practical workshops for all education sectors. These include seminars for secondary teachers on Gary Tank Commander, Blade Runner 2049 and La La Land. Primary teachers can learn about Into Film’s Storymaker, a literacy-focused iPad app based on key scenes from The Gruffalo animation. Teachers can learn about film editing and how to create stop animations. Scottish filmmakers David Griffith and Eilidh Gow will present filmmakers’ perspectives. Scott Donaldson, Head of Film Education & Acting Director, Screen at Creative Scotland, will discuss the future of film education in Scotland.

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