Introducing the new Media Production Diploma at The Bottle Yard Studios

Immersion and opportunity at our core

In its infancy, boomsatsuma was established to provide the highest quality provision for young people in the arts. Since then, it has continually developed and broadened to incorporate post-16, secondary and primary level education as well as apprenticeships, arts projects and community engagement. This development is the result of collaboration with educators, employers and young people themselves across the region and has led to some of the most innovative, engaging and effective opportunities for young people across the South West and beyond.

Our ethos of fuelling the next creative generation has driven the vast majority of our ideas, endeavours and developments, not least our Media Production Diplomas. These hugely popular post-16 courses have kept immersion, opportunity and real-world experience as their core values and, in recent years, have moved increasingly closer to the industries and employers they serve, both physically and thematically. These courses have quickly become flagship boomsatsuma offerings that accompany the courses we run in existing colleges and sixth forms.

To extend this vision further, boomsatsuma are incredibly excited to announce that, in 2018 we are partnering with The Bottle Yard Studios to launch our exciting, brand new Media Production Diploma that will be delivered in a living and breathing TV and Film facility. The Media Production Diploma at The Bottle Yard Studios is delivered in collaboration with Bristol, UNESCO City of Film.

"We’re a company that prides ourselves in building specialist provision in the right contexts that can lead to positive progression for our young people. This exciting collaboration gives us a prime opportunity to blend a nationally significant location with a nationally recognised education provider. Projects of this style, opportunities of this magnitude and these levels of support are unique to boomsatsuma’s programmes.” - Mark Curtis, Creative Director, boomsatsuma

The largest TV and film facility in the West of England

With more than 20 permanent tenant companies, eight studio spaces of up to 18,000 square feet, the largest green screen in the country outside London and a complete production village, The Bottle Yard Studios is the largest TV and Film production facility in the West of England. It’s been home to a wide range of critically acclaimed productions including Poldark, Broadchurch, Sherlock, The Crystal Maze, Trollied, Wolf Hall and many more, with productions based at the studios helping generate more than £18 million of inward investment annually in Bristol.

"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 . . . 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" - Fiona Francombe, Site Director, The Bottle Yard Studios

The course will consist of a myriad of real-world creative projects designed to take advantage of this exciting location including filmmaking, TV production, photography, events management, animation graphic design, production design, sound design and more. Alongside these curriculum-facing projects, unique extra opportunities are set to arise from the location of the new programme, including work placements, behind the scenes tours and insights, use of facilities, runner positions and many more. These are the types of projects, opportunities and levels of support that are unique to boomsatsuma.

“We’re building a unique experience for young people in collaboration with an organisation which already has a strong history of supporting young artistic talent. 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.” - Elliot Lamb, Post-16 Programme Lead, boomsatsuma

Powerful qualifications and experiences

When talking to young people, their families and those already starting out in their careers, the teams at boomsatsuma education and The Bottle Yard Studios are always keen to emphasise one thing: the eclectic nature of the entertainment industry. Every TV and film production you see on screen is the result of a collaboration between people working in different disciplines, with different passions and skillsets, from different backgrounds and with different experiences. Our Media Production Diploma will reflect this industry’s diverse nature.

We know that the direction in which a young person decides to travel after completing our Media Production Diploma can become just as important as their decision to embark on the course in the first instance. The OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Diploma in Media is a nationally recognised and powerful qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels in size and worth up to 168 UCAS tariff points. Paired with a broad experience of varied real-world projects, teamwork, industry insight and potentially newly garnered professional relationships, it gives young people everything at their disposal to choose the progression route that suits them, whether that be university, an apprenticeship, further training, employment or freelancing.

"Bristol’s recent success in being named a UNESCO City of Film is testament to a thriving industry. To support the continued success of this sector and ensure the benefits are shared across the city there needs to be a focus on talent and skills development . . . and we are keen to build on that success through this new diploma" - Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Applications open today!

We’re keen to keep the opportunity true to the industry and rewarding for those involved, so our spaces on the course are limited to 20 young people. This does mean, however, that this opportunity is set to be highly sought and competitive so our applications to and interviews for the course start immediately. With the studios being based in South Bristol, we are primarily offering the opportunity to residents of this part of the city by prioritising visits to schools in and around that area. Applications are of course welcomed and encouraged from any young people starting their post-16 education in September 2018 and 2019 that are looking for a unique, alternative approach to their further education.

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