boomsatsuma is an organisation set up to fuel the next creative generation and in the last 5 years we have gained a reputation as one of the most innovative training providers in the South West.
In 2013 we were funded by Arts Council England to conduct a research project to define the 21st Century Cultural Offer for young people. The project meant working with schools across Bristol and culminated in the media courses we design and deliver for major academies across our region, and our own independent courses.
We develop courses that are driven by young people. We stage gigs with emerging artists in major Bristol venues through boomsatsuma presents. We’re film makers, photographers and illustrators and in 2015 we were the largest single employer of creative apprentices and interns in the South West. All our work is driven by young people under 25.
Our programmes use creative practice as an intrinsic motivator but the outcomes are not limited to the creative industries. The skills gained through the experience of working in a professional environment are highly transferable, and former students have progressed not only into creative jobs and courses but areas as diverse as international business and criminology.
boomsatsuma has put together a first class team to deliver the Media Production Diploma.
The Course Director is Mark Curtis. Mark has taught in higher, further and secondary education, building on a successful career in advertising and communications. He has been recognised nationally for his work in educational innovation, speaking for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and being recognised for outstanding practice in the SecEd National Teacher of the Year Awards.
He is committed to extending opportunities for young people and creating entry level pathways and has developed a highly motivated team of creative practitioners to deliver specialist skills in film, photography, graphic design and digital media. Some are returning alumni of the original programmes.
The course is a new approach to post-16 study that bridges the gap between school and the workplace.
We call each course centre an Agency because that’s exactly what they are. If successful in gaining a place you will be working as part of commercial media design and production agency delivering real live projects for real clients. The difference is that you’re taking a Level 3 Extended Diploma at the same time, so ensuring you have the qualification and the best possible experience to succeed in your chosen progression route whether that’s university or the industry.
As well as working on projects for clients you’ll be working on boomsatsuma’s growing production strands;
producing music videos for our eclectic sessions with new artists, creating the marketing for boomsatsuma presents gigs with some of the best emerging artists in the UK and supporting our DNA arts and film making operations.
Don’t think “I’m not creative enough”. You may be more creative than you think and just haven’t found the right medium for your talents. As we work in the model of a media agency we’ll need to develop a whole range of skills and expertise including project managers, researchers, marketeers and creative entrepreneurs.
We need young people who are:
- Open minded
- Good communicators
- Team players
- Potential leaders
- Ready to make a difference
- Want to make their mark
- Ready to come to work
The Agency model is three full time days and one studio day per week in which students can pursue their own projects.
The framework qualification will be an OCR Cambridge technical qualification in Media.
This qualification enables us to engage in a range of project based activities and credit them in a production based qualification. The units will be chosen from the 42 available and may include the following:
- Analysing media products and audiences
- Photography for media products
- Graphic Design for media products
- Producing an audio-visual media product
- Producing a print-based media product
- Web Authoring and Design
- Planning and pitching an audio-visual media product
- Audio-visual promos
- Print-based advertising media
- Animation Production
- Preparing for a career in the media industry
- Planning for media exhibitions or events
On completion you will achieve the Extended Diploma, which is UCAS accredited and the equivalent of up to 3 A levels at A*.