Media Production Diploma, with boomsatsuma, is to launch at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios.

The Bottle Yard Studios

“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” – Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios

boomsatsuma are delighted to announce that in 2018 they are partnering with The Bottle Yard Studios to launch an exciting, brand new full-time Media Production Diploma that will be delivered at the Studios, the largest dedicated film and TV production facility in the West of England.

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. Alongside these curriculum-facing projects will be a number of extra opportunities that will arise from the unique location of the course at a living and breathing TV and Film facility, including work placements on active productions, behind the scenes set tours and insights, use of facilities and runner positions.

Noel Edmonds’ game show Cheap, Cheap, Cheap was produced at TBS for Channel 4

“Bristol’s film sector is booming and makes a significant contribution to the local economy by providing jobs, generating much needed revenue for local firms and bringing visitors to the city. Bristol’s recent success in being named a UNESCO City of Film is testament to a thriving industry which The Bottle Yard Studios play a key role in developing” – Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

The Bottle Yard Studios have become home to many recent television productions spanning broadcasters from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to Sky and UKTV.

Recent productions made at The Bottle Yard Studios include Poldark for BBC One, The Crystal Maze for Channel 4, BBC One’s Three Girls, The White Princess which was broadcast on Starz TV and UKTV Drama, ITV’s Broadchurch, Trollied for Sky One, Ill Behaviour for BBC Two, Channel 4’s Cheap Cheap Cheap as well as BBC One’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, Crazyhead which screened on Netflix and E4, The Living and the Dead for BBC One, Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures which broadcasts on CBeebies, Galavant for Disney, Wolf Hall for BBC Two, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies for ITV and movies We Can Be Heroes and Golden Years.

Sky One supermarket sitcom Trollied is produced at TBS

“We’re… 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.” – Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios

The OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Diploma in Media is a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels and worth up to 168 UCAS tariff points. Paired with a broad experience of varied real-world projects, teamwork, industry insight and potentially even newly garnered professional relationships, the course will equip young people with a range of skills and experience to enable them to choose a career progression route that suits them, whether that be university, an apprenticeship, further training, employment or freelancing.

BBC One period drama Poldark is also created at TBS

The Media Production Diploma at The Bottle Yard Studios is delivered in collaboration with Bristol, UNESCO City of Film. Applications are invited now, with 20 spaces available on the course. For more information and how to apply, visit

“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. The recent UNESCO announcement recognised Bristol as a centre for industry skills and we are keen to build on that success through this new diploma. Along with partners in the industry and our own skills development programmes we will continue to identify and promote opportunities and secure a sustainable future for Bristol’s film sector.” – Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Andy Day works on his CBeebies series at TBS
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