Digital Media Production

at Engine Shed

This Level 3 Extended Diploma is centred around delivering real life projects, in real working environments and often for commercial clients. On this course you’ll develop your skills across a number of media disciplines including photography, film-making, graphic design, project management, marketing and advertising. 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.

Studying with boomsatsuma isn’t like being at school, you’re learning where the work is.

Engine Shed is Bristol’s central location for creative companies to meet and create up-and-coming business ideas, such as app development, web design and smartphone technology. Studying here means you’re not just in a classroom, you’re sharing a workspace and developing your photography, video making and design skills, alongside creative professionals and businesses such as Channel 4 and Bristol Media.

With access to Apple iMacs, installed with the latest adobe suite programmes and industry standard software, you will be immersed in a professional workspace. In its central location, next door to Temple Meads Station, you’ll be working on professional projects and learning the skills you need to gain a head start into the exciting world of digital Media.

If you want a career in Digital Media, Engine Shed is the place to be.

Key Info

Recent Projects.

boomsatsuma courses hold immersion and opportunity at their core. Our Digital Media Production Extended Diploma changes its projects and students' outcomes year on year, by making new connections with specialists and building industry-facing projects. This allows students to not only gain a valuable qualification, but, at the same time, develop a realistic and well-informed portfolio of experience at the earliest stages of their career.

Art Battle's Artist Profiles

Students collaborated on a month-long project with the international Art Battle team. They followed the lead up to Art Battle Bristol, working closely with multiple entrants to produce short films that profiled the artists.

RPS + Jack Latham Collaboration

Digital Media students received a master class from renowned British photographer, Jack Latham, on photo projects, editing and selecting work. This launched and geared up their follow-up project on the Sugar Paper Theories with The Royal Photographic Society. In turn, their involvement led to students producing and publishing a photobook of their own work, inspired by the projects.

PROJECTED: Film Festival

PROJECTED is a youth film festival run by boomsatsuma's Digital Media Production students. It showcased work made exclusively by young and upcoming filmmakers, giving them a platform for their work to be seen and its key messages communicated. A wide range of films were submitted by a variety of creators and displayed during a live event organised by the students. The submissions featured strong focus on environmental issues, mental health and homelessness.

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

Film, Lighting & 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


  • Premiere Pro

  • After Effects

  • Photoshop

  • Audition


  • 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

Student Spotlight.

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Career Progression.

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.

Below are some examples of the kind of careers and job opporutnieis that exist in the Digital Media sector.

Art & 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 & Film

  • Photographer

  • Boom Operator

  • Steadicam Operator

  • Film/Video Editor

  • Press Photographer

  • Photojournalist

  • Camera Operator

  • Videographer

  • Cinematogaprher

Marketing & 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 Merchandiser

  • Social Media Marketing Manager

  • Content Manager

  • Content Creator

  • Social Media Strategist

  • Campaign manager

  • eCommerce Marketing Director

  • Online Marketing Manager

Management & 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


Key Details.

Application Process

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.

Typical Offer

You will need to be on track to get at least five GCSE grades 4 - 9 including Maths and English or BTEC Level 2 Diplomas (at merit or distinction). In exceptional cases we can take students who don’t have GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or above and we can provide tuition in those qualifications alongside the course.


Submit your application online via our website. 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.

Course Duration

Two years, 15 hours a week + studio day.

Location Address

Station Approach, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1, UK


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