Screen Education Aberdeen (SEA)

SEA wants to make a difference. If you are changing your school, your university, your community – or the world with film, we want to be involved.

“When I can’t find the words, I make a film. I explore my world and experiences through my camera.”

Sara Stroud (creator of SEA)

We support filmmakers

Welcome to SEA. We work in partnership Aberdeen city council, Aberdeen University and local charities to support screen education in school, university and community projects.

Recent projects include:

  • Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Visual Poetry
  • Primary to Secondary transition film projects

We are filmmakers

With over 25 years of practical filmmaking experience in educational and professional projects, we support educators and leaders in embedding practical filmmaking within their work. We love to work directly with children and young people and can provide workshops and activities.

We can also show how to make a film on a mobile phone or iPad and supply equipment if needed, as well as offer access to our resources, studios and editing facilities.

We love screen education

We are passionate about teaching how to read screen texts, as well as making them. We want to improve literacy, personal development, communication and creativity through filmmaking and use screen education to promote growth and inspire change in the classroom and our world.

2023 Community Projects

This year we are working with Barnardo’s to support a filmmaking project with young carers. This course aims to give a group of young carer’s access to equipment, training and a safe place to make short films.

2023 Focus on schools

This year we are working with Aberdeen council and we are offering a health and wellbeing course – Let’s Talk about Beauty Standards. This six-week project will be piloted in two secondary schools and will help young people to discuss their visual diet and look at what they are consuming and how it is shape their beauty ideals.

We make film happen in your school or community

Everything we do at SEA is about promoting screen education. Our courses for teachers and projects are listed below. We are always keen to hear about what’s happening in your school or community. If you want to find out more, need specialist training or want help making a film, please get in touch s.stroud@nescol.ac.uk

“The best education in film is to make one.” – Stanley Kubrick

Courses

Our unique programme for 2023 (swipe or drag to view all)

CLPL

May 2023

We are offering 6 short CLPL film sessions for secondary teachers during exam leave. Our 2 hour short sharp sessions can be booked to work with your schools timetable. Choose from: Learn to make a film on your i-pad. Fakes news and how to read screen texts. Filming in the classroom 101 and Visual Poetry for English, Drama and Art teachers. Get in touch to book you departments training session.

Moving Image education for Aberdeen University PGDE students

May 2023

A short course for PGDE students who want to embed Moving image education in their teaching. Teach pupils how to read films & make films, bringing the curriculum to life. Help consolidate learning and literacy using: the 3C’s and 3S’s, Grid analysis for factual films, sound & vision, storyboarding and practical film making. This course requires use of i-pads or Android devices and uses the i movie or Kinemaster app.

Young carers filmmaking club

May 2023

Working in partnership with Barnardo’s this short course is available to young carer’s. Running bimonthly this film club will give them the opportunity to make short films and animations. The staff attending the sessions are also keen to learn new skills so they can learn share stories and content online.

Let’s talk about Beauty standards

May 2023

A short course for secondary pupils to encourage discussion around beauty standards. We ask pupils to examine their own relationship with present day beauty standards & how they are presented with them on screen. This course encourages pupils to examine past beauty standards, explore our present gaze and make short film or animation about their beauty beliefs.

Teacher feedback

"Excellent course, very stimulating and encouraged teachers to use digital technologies in the classroom."

Izabella Robb, Aberdeen City EAL teacher

"I never imagined a short course could be so much fun."

Elizabeth Kaup, Aberdeen City EAL teacher

"I loved the critical analysis and I also loved learning how to use iMovie to create a film."

Wendy Smith, Aberdeen City Drama teacher

Interested?

For further information or bespoke training contact: Sara Stroud on s.stroud@nescol.ac.uk