creative and digital media. 

Study at Bristol's leading enterprise hub

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Level 3 Extended Diploma / Two years

Creative and Digital Media at Engine Shed offers a broad based creative and media curriculum. The course is diagnostic and designed for students to experiment across a broad range of media products, allowing them to make informed decisions before focussing, in the second year on one of the three industry pathways: Moving Image, Digital Media or Visual Arts.

The course is built around projects which are designed to reflect working in the professional work place. Often you’ll be working with real clients on real commercial projects. You’ll be immersed in a creative professional environment, working in the heart of Bristol’s creative high-tech digital hub at Engine Shed with exceptional facilities and networks that can give you the competitive edge in the future.


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boomsatsuma bring a huge amount of young creativity and energy into Engine Shed. We have worked with their students on a number of projects such as 'Engine Shed on Tour' where their video production skills have created impactful results. Our building also provides a shop window into the world of enterprise and work which we hope is inspiring to the students.

marty reid

Head of Engine Shed


Engine Shed is Bristol’s leading enterprise hub and is a partnership between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Its mission is to stimulate sustainable economic growth by supporting young people, startups and businesses in the West of England region.

Housed in Brunel’s original station at the heart of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, Engine Shed is home to a number of tenants including boomsatsuma and tech incubator, SETsquared Bristol. It also provides coworking and private offices and meeting and event spaces for entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, students, the city and the council to work together and innovate.

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Temple Meads



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course structure.



Flash lighting / studio lighting / location lighting / manual camera skills workshops, aperture and shutterspeed / iso, manual focus, different lenses for photography and film / editing photography in Photoshop - colour correction, layers, image manipulation, touch ups


Print layout and design for promotional materials / design for print and web / titles for promotional videos / motion graphics for film / how to create print media layouts and leaflets


Premier Pro / After Effects / Photoshop / Audition

If you have a specific interest in learning a software programme, our specialist team of teachers can support you in this.


film, lighting and sound.

Filmed interview techniques, camera angles, editing, multi camera interviews / manual camera skills - aperture, shutterspeed, iso, manual focus & lenses for film / audio correction & manipulation / 3 and 4 point lighting / high and low key lighting / lighting colour temperature / film for advertising - how to advertise a product on a clients’ briefs / editing for tv and film / editing for audio-visual promotions / colour grading, audio-visual promotions / how to create a film from scratch / how to record and edit sound


Project management skills / how to build a digital portfolio for progression / an understanding and knowledge of the media industry / professional portfolio / professional standards / experience in multiple crew roles



We’ve highlighted some of the jobs you could go on to do with a career in Creative and Digital Media.


art and design.

Graphic designer / illustrator / product designer / web designer / events designer / artworker / ux designer / concept artist / production designer / animator / multimedia specialist / interior designer / urban designer / stylist

camera and film.

Photographer / boom operator / steadicam operator / film or video editor / press photographer / photojournalist / camera operator / videographer / cinematographer / filmmaker

management and production.

Runner / talent researcher / digital producer / events manager / location manager / edit producer / production assistant / development researcher / assistant producer / script supervisor / public relations manager / talent manager / production manager / director / producer

marketing and advertising.

Digital marketing manager / brand ambassador / magazine features editor / digital brand manager / consumer behaviour analyst / advertising art director / digital advertising / researcher / product promoter / advertising director / brand strategist / seo manager / visual merchandise / social media marketing manager / content manager / content creator / social media strategist / campaign manager / ecommerce marketing director / online marketing manager


what's next?

On completion of this course, you will have the strong practical skills and knowledge of the working industry needed to progress to university, higher education courses, high level apprenticeships or even entry in the work place. 

Students progressing to university from this course are often better equipped than students that have studied A-Levels because of the time management skills that are needed to complete a diploma and portfolio based assessments. 

By the time you leave us, you will have skills in collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving. This means you are also able to apply for courses outside of Digital Media Production, having completed the diploma. If you decide you want to study something different, you will still be able to apply for a range of arts, humanities and social science courses. Past students have gone on to study subjects such as Business, Sociology, Fine Art and Sports Journalism.

Check out the next page for some examples of the kind of careers and job opportunities that exist in the Digital Media sector or take a look to our alumni pages to see what some of our past students are doing now. You can also continue your studies with boomsatsuma’s degree courses, such as BA (Hons) Filmmaking: Pathways Production and Post-Production and BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print.

next step.

You can continue your studies with boomsatsuma's new (BA Hons) Degree Courses, such as:

(BA Hons) Filmmaking (Pathways): Production and Post-Production

(BA Hons) Documentary Photography and Print


Level 3 Extended Diploma worth up to up to 168 Points - equivalent to 3 A* A Levels. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an overall Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.


Two years, 15 hours a week + studio day.


Submit your application here. All candidates are interviewed and selected primarily on their creative ability. Though experience of creative and media subjects are advantageous, we are more interested in energy and commitment, and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience.

course costs.

The course is funded for students ages 16-18 at the start of their course, however we ask for a £150 Studio Fee to cover enrichment costs. Students will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary to cover this and to assist with travel costs. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of trips.

Interviews for our course start from 1st September 2020.

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