Good News is our regular series of testimonials from former Media and Film students, telling us how the skills and knowledge they acquired through their studies have helped them in further education and their careers in and out of the creative industries. Today’s testimonial comes from Adila Golam Rassoude (front with big grin, with colleagues from Mixed Britannia), who completed her A Level Media Studies at Leyton Sixth Form College in East London.
“I was always creative and into making things but never knew how this would influence my career”, Adila tells us. She chose to study the Media as she “was so excited about making videos and understanding the visual communication that surrounds us. I found it so fascinating and powerful.”
Adila’s A Level in Media Studies gave her “first hand experience in shooting on film, understanding composition and in-depth knowledge”, encouraging her to pursue these topics at degree level. She graduated with first class honours in Design Studies, followed swiftly by a Masters in Communication Design from Central St Martins, University of the Arts London.
“My MA project opened doors for me to work on the BBC documentary Mixed Britannia, where I had a great opportunity to work on a factual programme and be involved in everything from research and script writing to creating graphics for post production.” As a result of her work on Mixed Britannia, Adila found work with CBBC, BBC Learning and eventually MTV, where she now works as a digital designer. “I work closely with a number of production teams to support new shows and to create digital products to enhance audience engagement.”
Adila is grateful for the opportunity she had to study Media at A Level; “It gave me the foundation of knowledge I needed to pursue a fun and creative career that I am proud of. Courses such as Media Studies and Film studies helped me question what I was shown on TV and in the cinema and I believe nourishing interest in these subjects is important for young people who want to work in the creative industries.”
Once again,tickets cost ONLY £30 or £10 for students/UKLA members.
The conference begins on friday evening with a wine reception and a screening of Grierson-award winning documentary ‘Sodiq’ followed by a Q&A with the director Adeyemi Michael.
Saturday begins with a keynote from Julian Sefton-Green, and there are workshops for all sectors from Primary to FE. In the afternoon, we will hold the MEA AGM.
We still have a couple of slots available for workshop leaders, for which a small fee is available. We are particularly keen to hear from women willing to present, as we’ve already got plenty of male presenters and are committed to a balance of gender.