News Archive September 2014

Conference programme

Latest on the programme for Saturday 29th November:


9.45 Julian Sefton-Green (keynote):

Cultural studies went to school and where did it end up?

11.00 Five parallel sessions

Early birds: Helping develop Media literate learners in KS3

Starting GCSE with film posters

Into Film workshop

Editing a drama sequence

Media literacy research study 

12.15 lunch

1.00 Five parallel sessions, including:

Short research presentations from 3 or 4 practitioners

UKLA special interest group on media literacy research

The value of vocational media courses to schools

2.30 The latest on the Ofqual reforms (plenary)

3.00 MEA AGM


more to be announced with full details nearer the time! Don’t forget to book your ticket:





Good News – Adila Golam Rassoude, Leyton Sixth Form College

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 16.30.18Good 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.”

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Conference 28/29 November

Tickets for the conference are selling well at over at Eventbrite:

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.

Do get in touch:






BFI Film Academy Network programme

If you teach 16-19 year olds, do encourage your students to apply for the network film academies:

It’s a fantastic opportunity!