BA (Hons)

filmmaking (pathways): production and post-production. 


A new dynamic approach to industry engaged filmmaking education. Learn the specific skills that employers are looking for, studying on a unique production or post-production pathway, whilst also developing your own creative identity.

  • Collaborate directly with key Bristol industry partners Films@59, BBC Bristol and The Bottle Yard Studios.

  • Learn the skills and tools required by the industry to make yourself employable on graduation.

  • Develop your own creative practice through a range of practical modules
    going right across filmmaking and television practice.

This new boomsatsuma BA (Hons) Filmmaking course has been co-created by industry and leading professional partners, to immerse you in the exciting world of film and TV production, giving you the knowledge, skills and contacts to embark on a career in this ever expanding sector.

This degree allows you to follow one of two pathways: production or post-production to enable you to develop specialist skills in your chosen area whilst the shared teaching means you will also learn where your specialisation sits and how to develop crucial working relationships across the process as a whole.

We cap our intake at 40 places so that every student receives tailored tuition, ranging from lectures, seminars and group workshops, to one-on-one mentoring from both staff and industry guest lecturers. This enables you to find your own voice, discover where your strengths, skills and interests lie and figure out what area of film and television production you want to move into and how to do it.


HOW LONG? Three years   WHERE? Films@59 and The Bottle Yard Studios   UCAS CODE Production: BS04 / Post-Production: BS05



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Bristol has always been a powerhouse in TV production, but right now there are more exciting things going on than ever. Everyone in the TV community is always looking for new talent – it’s a great time to be forging a career in the city and what boomsatsuma is doing will really help people make the most of the opportunities.

jon swain

Head of BBC Unscripted Productions

@boomstudiosbristol instagram


Founded in 1990, Films@59 has grown in size with sites in Bristol and Cardiff and collaborative working relationships worldwide. Our Kit Hire and Post Facilities are second to none and we are committed to investing in the people and technologies that enable our clients to create and deliver world class content across all genres. We provide personal, flexible and innovative solutions, enabling our clients to achieve their creative ambitions. Whether you have a one-minute promo, a 12-hour series or a feature film, you will have our undivided attention and the same level of award-winning service that our clients have come to expect. Our level of commitment has made us one of the most successful facilities in the country.


What has particularly impressed me working alongside boomsatsuma is their focus on making the course content relevant for industry. They have listened to us as industry partners and shaped their course to give their students relevant knowledge, skills and some industry experience to begin careers in film & TV production. We are proud to align our selves with them and create meaningful opportunities for young people across Bristol to enter our industry.

chris domaille

Dubbing Mixer, Films at 59

Films at 59

59 Cotham Hill





the bottle yard studios. 


A Bristol City Council initiative, The Bottle Yard Studios is the largest dedicated film and TV studio in the West of England, complete with eight stages, giant green screen studio, workshops, production offices and a range of other production areas. Its creative hub is home to more than 20 on-site business tenants delivering a host of specialist services including creative, digital, technical and audio/visual expertise, grips, transport, structural, fire and safety assistance. The Studios attract UK and overseas productions across a range of genres, including major dramas (The Spanish Princess, The Trial of Christine Keeler), primetime gameshows (The Crystal Maze, Tipping Point) and children’s TV (Andy’s Aquatic Adventures, Andy’s Safari Adventures).

The Bottle Yard Studios

Whitchurch Lane


BS14 0BH


The Bottle Yard Studios is very happy to partner with boomsatsuma for this new degree. Demand for crew in Bristol and around the UK is very high and there has never been a better time to move into film & TV production. boomsatsuma's approach focuses on providing fresh insight from industry leaders, giving students a great start in their chosen field.

Laura Aviles

Senior Bristol Film Manager, The Bottle Yard Studios


course overview.

You will gain a wide understanding of the vital roles production and post-production professionals undertake in augmenting cinematic projects. We will equip you with detailed knowledge about the production workflow and management processes, mastering the tools and technology at your disposal.

A structured four day week course will prepare you for the professional working environment.

In addition to being taught in our state-of-the-art creative hubs, this degree places you at the heart of Bristol’s vibrant pre and post-production companies, responsive to industry dynamics, to learn relevant skills and build your network in this UNESCO City of Film.

Our industry partners include the Bottle Yard Studios, BBC Bristol and Films@59, meaning professional filmmakers and editors will teach and guide you through the reality of producing high quality work in actual scenarios.

Alongside the practical, theoretical and technical skills there will be considerable focus on collaboration, communication, soft skills and working professionally.

course structure.

year one.

  • Begin by understanding the key aspects of filmmaking, the art of storytelling, the tools required to do it and the overall process. Lectures, seminars and workshops are integrated and will be intense but fun.

  • Develop a wide overview of the pre and post-production professions and their place within filmmaking, right through from screenwriting to directing and editing.

  • Develop a greater understanding of the world you are moving into through weekly screenings and discussion.

  • Study production workflow and management processes and learn the soft skills you will need in the collaborative professional environment.

  • Studio time introduces you to the professional tools and technology you will use to produce film.

  • Learn directly from industry partners BBC Bristol, Films@59 and the Bottle Yard Studios about the skills required to be employed.

  • Pre and post-production students will work together throughout the year culminating in a collaborative short film project. 

entry requirements.

  • A level - CCC - CDD

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) - MMP

  • Access to HE Diploma - M: 30 credits

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 26 points

We’re proud to welcome applications from all subject backgrounds at boomsatsuma, and consider them on individual potential. Whether having previously studied STEM, arts or humanities subjects, applicants are invited to an interview or audition with us to demonstrate this, as well as communicate what inspired them to apply to us.

When applying through UCAS, use our institution code: B20 and course codes: Production - BS04 and Post-Production - BS05. UCAS entry requirements are primarily made up from Level 3 qualifications such as, but not limited to BTEC Diplomas, A Levels or a Foundation Diploma.


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application and typical offers.

year two.

  • Develop production skills around the world of documentary production and working with archival materials.

  • A thorough investigation of visual aesthetics: or how to create a filmic world, covering both the physical, set design and build and the virtual, green screen and VFX. 

  • Develop narrative skills creating short drama productions.

  • Develop skills in critique and deliver a piece of analytical writing.

  • The chance to experiment within the CREATE module on an independent project of your own choosing.

  • Work with industry partners on the expectations of professional employment.

year three.

  • Further develop your documentary, drama and short form storytelling through pre and post-editing.

  • Undertake a specialist study such as sound recording or colourist and produce a professional standard piece of work that follows your interest.

  • Produce a written essay or video critique around your area of interest within filmmaking.

  • Learn how to curate your own online profile to be an attractive prospective employee.

course fees.


uk students full time

2021/22 Entry

Year 1 - £9,250

Year 2 - Published Jan 2022

Year 3 - Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Year 1 - Published Jan 2022

Year 2 - Published Jan 2023

Year 3 - Published Jan 2024


international students full time

2021/22 Entry

Year 1 - £14,925

Year 2 - Published Jan 2022

Year 3 - Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Year 1 - Published Jan 2022

Year 2 - Published Jan 2023

Year 3 - Published Jan 2024

course leader

freya billington.

Freya is a Bristol-based filmmaker and lecturer who has re-designed and run both (BA Hons) Film at the University of the West of England and (BA Hons) Film Production at University of Gloucestershire with huge success. She was awarded a hugely prestigious HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2015, is a creative consultant for the National Film and Television School and Aardman Academy and sits on the board of the International Filmmaking Academy. Freya is a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of Syracuse University, NY where she completed her MFA in Fine Art Film.

Her combined love of film and teaching has also lead to her running film workshops for actor/director David Morrissey’s charity C.A.S.T., working in a refugee camp in Tyre, Lebanon and a township outside Johannesburg. More recently she has taken filmmaking students to work with Project Zulu in the Madadeni Township, South Africa. 

Freya’s films have been screened internationally and include ‘experimental musical’ Bread and Butter, Not Waving starring Peter Bowles (IShorts / Creative England), documentary How? Lucky and recent commission for Channel 4 Random Acts Terminated: Teeth and Tinder. Previously she worked as an editor on primarily documentary-based projects for BBC4, BBC2, Open University and as a post-production supervisor on high-end dramas for BBC / BBC Worldwide.

Designing the course for boomsatsuma has given Freya the chance to bring all of her experience, energy and passion to a new type of filmmaking degree.


david neal.

David is a filmmaker, full BAFTA member, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and lecturer with a background in Television & film. He has credits on hundreds of broadcast programmes for the BBC (Around Alone, Click, Media Brief, etc.), ITV, Channel 4, E4, C5 (Game Ranger Diaries etc.) as well as feature films (High Speed, The Ride), music videos (Delirious, Goo Goo Dolls), adverts and blue-chip corporate productions (Vodafone, BT, Balfour Beatty, MoD, etc.) and charities (Royal Television Society, VITA Modern Slavery Network, Media Trust etc.)

His area of specialism covers all aspects of filmmaking from directing, lighting, cinematography, postproduction workflow, editing and colour grading. He is an ARRI accredited trainer for education with an involvement in industry research for emerging technology.

David is also a self-appointed ambassador for dyslexics and is currently studying to become qualified in Dyslexia support. He believes that education should have no barriers for those who have creative minds


kam gandhi.

Kam is a filmmaker, screenwriter and lecturer who has a background in experimental film and video. She has always worked with outreach community groups, where she mentored, developed and facilitated participatory media projects and has been teaching screenwriting to young film students, most recently for UWE_Film.

Her focus is on stories that explore the experiences of being brown, female and British and in how the process of documentary, artist film and community engagement can be used to shape stories. Her screenplays have been supported by South West Media Development Agency, Working Title 2, National Lottery and Carlton TV. She has been a participant of BFI Network Widening the Lens and her short screenplay Mera Naam Hai Marylin is being developed through the BFI Writer’s Lab scheme.

In the late nineties, she helped set up and run Bristol’s Independent Film Festival. She has also been a judge for various film festival panels such as Brief Encounters and Depict. Kam co-founded and ran the Bristol branch of The Hub. Kam is currently setting up a nationwide network for South Asian/Indian filmmakers and is developing The Little Black Book, part autobiography, part resource guide for filmmakers of colour.

experience and opportunities.

The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to engage with all aspects of @UNESCO Bristol City of Film with its thriving film and television industry, year round film festivals, independent cinemas and world famous art and music scene. These opportunities contribute to the future development of your practice and facilitate your skills development in preparation for a broad range of employment possibilities within the creative industries. These include:

  • Professional practice - specific industry-based modules at levels 4, 5 and 6, which assist you in gaining experience with an employer or creating a self-initiated public platform.

  • A department Facebook group page, which is an active blackboard for professional opportunities. Staff, students and alumni all contribute to this forum, this page is administered by the course leader.

  • Industry led lectures and workshops establish external relationships and provide valuable insight into creative networks, professional bodies, organisations, arts funding opportunities as well as screenings and festivals.

  • Live industry briefs and external opportunities are explored in portfolio modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 which gives students an opportunity to work collaboratively and showcase their practice in public forums. 

  • Students will organise an event at the BAFTA accredited-Encounters Film Festival alongside a public yearly screening of their own work.


Interviews for our course start from 1st September 2020.

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