Meet the Head of Media – Miss Ahmadian

  • Published: 14th October 2016

Elle AhmadianWhat do you like about working at SFX?

I enjoy working with my team and the students we have on our courses. My team is very supportive, hardworking and creative. These qualities we try our best to instil in our learners, whom we enjoy nurturing, educating and supporting during their time at SFX.

What do you like about being a teacher?

This quote sums up what I like about being a teacher:

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” (Dan Rather, American Journalist and CBS news anchor)

Do you have any advice for someone thinking of taking Media or Film?

Read newspapers, engage in current affairs, consume classic film texts, build a voice of your own and be prepared to delve into a world of creativity and craftsmanship.

What are your students like to teach?

In one word, active participants. Part of teaching Media and Film is encouraging students to become active rather than passive individuals. My constant insistence on becoming ‘active readers’ is certainly making them more inquisitive, which is great!

Can you share an inspirational student story with us?

Several years ago a student of mine was depressed and alone, having many domestic issues. I found her days before the exam sitting alone in the college corridor crying. She didn’t see the point of living. I encouraged her to go home and read Paulo Coelho’s book ‘Veronica decides to die’, as she was an avid reader. The next time I saw her was in the exam. She seemed quiet but hopeful. She excelled in her exam, achieving an A,  but I never had the chance to say goodbye or congratulate her…until she wrote to me a few months later to thank me for sitting with her that afternoon and reminding her that ‘there are moments, when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. Only when we have overcome them we will understand why they were there!” (P. Coelho)

Tell us about a project you are currently working on with your students?

My UAL Creative Media Production students are currently working on a remake of a film storyboard, called P is for Psycho. For this project they have had to use their creative and technical skills to master the original storyboard then plan an extended sequence, considering representations and genre conventions, whilst also assessing the health and safety risks, prior to their filming and editing in November/December 2015.

Why would you recommend SFX as a place to study?

Teachers at SFX are not only good at their jobs but are also experts in their subject areas with a vast amount of knowledge. They are supportive, inclusive of all learners, enthusiastic and want all their students to succeed.

Where did you study your degree?

I studied Media Arts (BA) at Royal Holloway, University of London and my teaching degree (PGCE) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Finally what did you have for breakfast this morning?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so for me it’s 2 slices of toast and a warm cup of tea, but at 5am, the time I wake up every morning.

Miss Ahmadian’s top tip:

‘Strike when the iron is hot’. Engage in thorough revision and practise essay writing throughout the year, so that you don’t face a mountain of work and stress at the end of the academic year!