Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios has teamed with arts education provider boomsatsuma to launch a new full-time Media Production Diploma that will be delivered at the studios.
Applications are now open for the two-year Media Production Diploma course which will begin in September 2018.

Open to young people aged 16-19, the course will be taught on site at The Bottle Yard Studios and will consist of real-world creative projects including filmmaking, TV production, photography, events management, animation graphic design, production design, sound design and more.

There will also be work placements on active productions, behind the scenes set tours and insights, use of facilities and runner positions.
“We’re building a unique experience for young people in collaboration with The Bottle Yard Studios, an organisation which already has a strong history of supporting young artistic talent”, says Elliot Lamb, Post-16 Programme Lead, boomsatsuma. “This course will offer unprecedented opportunities to get close to the action, rub shoulders with industry professionals and partake in projects often reserved for individuals much older than 16-19 years old. We’re expecting the course to be competitive and fill up fast, but we’re also especially keen to attract young people from the areas surrounding the studios in South Bristol to reflect the local community.”
Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said “Bristol is well known for its strong crew base that successfully services the high levels of production we’re currently seeing in the region. But an industry is only as strong as its next generation of workers, and although we regularly team up with local and national partners to host training schemes and skills boot camps, we’ve been keen to offer a more permanent skills education programme at The Bottle Yard for some time.

We’re therefore delighted to be hosting boomsatsuma’s exciting new Media Production Diploma course; this is a relevant, formal qualification for Bristol’s young people that will shed proper light on the different types of film & TV career available, removing the air of mystery that young people tell us surrounds the industry. A structured classroom learning experience delivered at a working Studio site, with hands-on experience and the chance to connect with people already working on productions – I can’t think of a better starting point for a young person looking to make well-informed choices about how to move into paid employment post education. We’re also pleased to confirm there will be a special drive to recruit students from the South Bristol area surrounding the Studios – a part of Bristol that is in particular need of positive skills initiatives to help its young people aspire to reach their future goals and ambitions.”
Applications for the 20 spaces are open now at

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