film and television. 

Study at the largest dedicated film and TV studio in the West of England.


Level 3 Extended Diploma / Two years

The Bottle Yard Studios offer the perfect location to explore the many opportunities presented by a career in film and television. Rubbing shoulders with working professionals in the industry, students will explore and develop a range of skills that will allow them to make informed decisions when mapping their progression to face roles in the key areas of pre-production, production and post-production. There is so much more to working in film and television than becoming a director, and where better to discover that?

You’ll be immersed in a creative professional environment, working in a living, breathing, Film & TV Studio with exceptional facilities and networks that can give you the competitive edge in the future.


the bottle yard studios

We are committed to giving opportunities to Bristol students to start their careers in film and TV. We share boomsatsuma's ethos, with an official partnership that gives young people inclusive, industry-based learning and the best opportunity to begin a career with relevant skills, experience and contacts. We're proud to open our studio doors to give students access to leading productions and industry professionals, providing the best possible platform for their educations and career development.


fiona francombe

Studio Director, 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


course structure.



3 and 4 point lighting / high and low key lighting / lighting to create mood and effect / lighting colour temperature


Foley Sound Recording / on location sound recording / boom operation and recording dialogue / microphone selection


Professional Production camera skills / manual camera settings / sensor types (full frame, 35mm, and APS-C) / dynamic range / white balance / cine lenses


Premier Pro / After Effects / Photoshop

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



Colour grading and LUTS / recording formats / visual effects, motion tracking, masking, compositing / titles/screen design / video and audio transitions / interview setups and techniques / cinematography -framing, camera angles and movements / rigging and follow focus / script and adaptions - script formatting, writing scripts, creating characters and building narratives


2 minutes showreel / professional standards on set / experience in multiple crew roles / understanding and meeting competition and festival guidelines / directing actors and crew



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


art and design.

Runner / costume/stylist assistant / hair/make up assistant / art department runner / costume supervisor / art department assistant / hair & makeup artist / art director / production buyer / production designer / prop designer / set designer / hair & make up designer / costume designer/stylist

sound and lighting.

HIT room assistant / art department runner / studio runner / sound assistant / spark electrician / lighting console operator / grams operator / lighting designer / senior electrician / lighting director / sound designer / sound recordist / sound supervisor


HIT Room assistant / art department runner / studio runner / data wrangler / digital imaging technician / camera assistant / jib operator / grip / teleprompter / camera operator / director of photography / camera supervisor / camera operator / lighting camera operator

management and production.

Runner / logger / personal assistant / talent researcher / development researcher / assistant producer / assistant stage manager / script supervisor / floor manager / talent manager / production manager / director / producer


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 Film and Television 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 that exist in the Film & Television Production sector or take a look at our alumni pages to see what some of our past students are doing now. You can also continue your studies with a boomsatsuma degree course in BA (Hons) Filmmaking: Pathways Production and Post-Production.


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


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.

In the meantime...