in association with


Welcome to our new Media Production Diploma created in association with Bristol’s Learning City and the Engine Shed. The Agency is Bristol’s first independent course that places students at the heart of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Our aim is to challenge the notion of a traditional post 16 study programme. You will be working in a commercial design agency environment for the duration of your two year extended diploma. You’ll be part of one of the UK’s main hubs for digital and creative innovation, working on real projects for real clients and gaining real creative sector experience.

If you want to work in the competitive world of visual communications and media production you’ll need to demonstrate not just your qualifications but the range of your practical experience. This course, like no other, has been designed to deliver that experience. The course is a full time two year Extended Level 3 Diploma that’s equivalent to 3 A levels.

We want to recruit from all areas of Bristol to bring the most exciting young talent together and train a group of creative professionals who comprehensively reflect the diversity of our city.

In my 25 years of professional practice and education, my advice to young people hasn’t changed. Don’t tell me what you want to achieve: tell me what you have done to achieve it.

Mark Curtis, Course Director

Application Deadline:
March 31st 2017

Note: All applications before the March 31st 2017 will be reviewed. Late applications may be also be considered.

The Course

The course is a new approach to post 16 study that bridges the gap between school and the workplace. It is a full time, 2 year extended diploma which is UCAS accredited and the equivalent of up to 3 A levels.

We call it the Agency because that’s exactly what it is. If successful in gaining a place you will be working as part of commercial media design and production agency delivering real live projects for real clients. The difference is that you’re taking a Level 3 extended diploma at the same time, so ensuring you have the qualification and the best possible experience to succeed in your chosen progression route whether that’s university or the industry.

As well as working on projects for clients you’ll be working on boomsatsuma’s growing production strands; producing music videos for our eclectic sessions with new artists, creating the marketing for boomsatsuma presents gigs with some of the best emerging artists in the UK and supporting our DNA arts and film making operations.

Don’t think “I’m not creative enough”. You may be more creative than you think and just haven’t found the right medium for your talents. As we work in the model of a media agency we’ll need to develop a whole range of skills and expertise including project managers, researchers, marketeers and creative entrepreneurs.

We need young people who are:

•    open minded
•    good communicators
•    team players
•    potential leaders
•    ready to make a difference
•    want to make their mark
•    ready to come to work 

The course is a full time two year Extended Level 3 Diploma. Agency hours will be 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday. There’ll be a core curriculum delivered over three days and site and project work on the remaining two.

The framework qualification will be an OCR Cambridge technical qualification in Media. We are using this qualification as it enables us to engage in a range of project based activities and credit them in a production based qualification. The units will be chosen from the 42 available and may include the following:

Analysing media products and audiences
Photography for media products
Graphic design for media products
Producing an audio-visual media product
Producing a print-based media product
Web authoring and design
Planning and pitching an audio-visual media product
Audio-visual promos
Print-based advertising media
Animation production
Preparing for a career in the media industry
Planning for media exhibitions or events

On completion you will achieve the Extended Diploma, which is UCAS accredited and the equivalent of up to 3 A levels at A*.

Entry Requirements

Learners will need to be 16 on the 1st September for the year of entry.

You will need English and Maths grades A* to C. However students that can demonstrate attributes required by the Agency and who don’t have GCSE English or Maths at grade C or above, would be supported to achieve those qualifications alongside the course. Though experience of creative and media subjects are advantageous, we are more interested in raw energy and commitment, and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in the way we recruit.

Application Process

What are the term dates?

Course costs

There are no course fees for UK students under the age of 19 but there is a studio enrichment fee of £120 per annum. A discretionary bursary to help with this may be available.

Engine Shed


How to find us

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads

Tel: 0117 403 3640