The School of Film and Journalism has a well-established portfolio of strategic alliances, partnerships and collaborations with a number of creative organisations in Bristol.
Bristol is the global centre for natural history filmmaking, and is home to the world renowned BBC Natural History Unit and the biggest factual media hub outside London.
As part of our partnership with the BBC, the School has set up three bespoke Masters programmes of MA Wildlife Film-making, MA Documentary and Features, and MA Journalism - this postgraduate partnership scheme is unique to the University. Our students also benefit from mentor programmes and visits from high profile speakers.
Watershed is Britain’s first media centre. It has an established high profile brand and promotes creativity, innovation and inclusion from cultural, commercial and community sectors. A facilitator, a hub and a catalyst within the creative industries, Watershed develops new models of practice through learning opportunities for all and is the main place to see independent film.
The Pervasive Media Studio brings together creators and users from diverse backgrounds to research and produce valuable experiences for a new form. The Studio has a great work space, an open ethos and a can-do attitude, and is fuelled by ideas, curiosity and generosity.
The Pervasive Media Studio is a
collaboration between Watershed, HP Labs and the University of the West of
England’s Digital Cultures Research
Centre with support from the South West Regional Development
Agency. It is the home of UWE’s Digital Cultures Research
Encounters International Short Film Festival is an annual event that takes place in November at the Watershed and Arnolfini. The festival is the largest of its kind in the UK and the competitive programme showcases over 200 new short films and animations form all over the world. The competition is accompanied by workshops and master classes, training courses, talks, special events, parties and guest speaker programmes.
Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) works with the community to develop the creative, educational and social potential of people within the surrounding area. It produces high-quality film, design and media work, provides exciting experiences for young people and runs a diverse programme of arts activities. KWMC is committed to social and digital inclusion and works with a wide range of organisations, individuals and artists to produce media content and explore the role of media arts in communities.
Knowledge exchange partnerships
We also have a number of collaborative and knowledge exchange partnerships with:
- BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Factual, BBC Bristol (News)
- Aardman Animations
- Watershed Cultural Cinema and Digital Creativity Centre
- Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival
These partnerships also provide opportunities for our students to go on placements, get involved in projects, to network, enter competitions, and to take part in great internships.