photography collective. 

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Study at Bristol's leading enterprise hub

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Level 3 Extended Diploma / Two years

This is a groundbreaking approach to photographic and design education. Uniquely, you will come together to form a collective and collaboratively make work on industry led projects, putting you in charge of how, where and why it is published, exhibited or screened.

This course will help you to build a specialist career in the creative industries and access appropriate entry level roles. You’ll learn industry relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into jobs, creative sector apprenticeships or related higher education courses, such as our BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print degree.

You will learn the skills to communicate visually through the still and moving image as well as develop knowledge of graphic design and digital and paper publishing to get your work seen by industry.

If you want to be part of something bigger, and you believe in the importance of creative collaboration and the impact this may have on ourselves and our communities, then this photography course is for you.

This two year course is made up of six in-depth projects for you to sink your teeth into; outlined in the structure on the next page.


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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.

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Head of Engine Shed


Welcome to Bristol’s leading creative, high-tech digital hub.

You will be immersed in a creative and professional environment, right in the heart of the city. From Engine Shed’s central location, next door to Temple Meads Station, you’ll be working on professional live projects surrounded by the people already making waves in the industry.

Engine Shed is the place to be. It’s where the most exciting local businesses and start-ups meet to plan projects such as app development, web design and smartphone technology. Share your learning space with the likes of Channel 4 and Bristol Media.

Engine Shed is a partnership between University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership; its mission is to stimulate sustainable economic growth by supporting young people, start-ups and businesses in the West of England.

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The Collective Process

Conceive, shoot, design, publish and exhibit your first collective project to be seen by industry.

Developing Creative Community

Work with real people and real stories from the communities that make us.

Creating and Distributing Print Media

Posters, zines, magazines and books. How will your collective’s voice be heard?

Developing Industry Practice

Connect to the industry. Build your network. Start your career.

Specialist Technical Skills Development

Photographer, editor, book maker, designer and many more. Become a highly skilled practitioner, ready for industry.

Specialist Creative Collective Outcome

Want to exhibit, or publish? Launch your careers with a statement to industry.

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