Welcome to the School of Film and Journalism

UWE film students filming an advert 

UWE Bristol’s School of Film and Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Studios. The School offers an exciting range of courses in film, documentary, animation, photography, PR and journalism.

Creative location

Bristol is the most creative and vibrant media city outside London. The city's reputation is well-founded and our students directly benefit from being located in an internationally renowned media hub, which is home to Aardman Animations, the BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Factual, national magazine publishers, the Watershed Media Centre and South West News, the country’s biggest news agency.

Since 2017, Bristol has been a designated UNESCO City of Film and member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

Our courses

Based at Bower Ashton Studios, the School offers sector-leading courses in drama, filmmaking, animation, photography, and journalism.

Our staff have one goal: to ensure our students have the skills and experience they need to realise their ambitions in a highly competitive media-focused world. Many of our courses are professionally accredited and all of our courses are practice-focused.

Our partnerships

The School is fully immersed in the Bristol-based creative industries, giving our students unrivalled networking opportunities and exposure to high profile teachers, researchers, and practitioners. We are proudly practice-based, and our students benefit from the knowledge, skills and guidance of expert practitioners from all angles of the media industries.

State-of-the-art facilities

A new purpose-built £9 million building for our students opened in 2018 as part of UWE Bristol's City Campus. Here we host industry-standard production and post-production facilities including a professional newsroom, TV studio, editing suites, a dubbing theatre, and a range of high-end AV equipment.

All our staff have up-to-date commercial or industry experience, and many are at the cutting edge of research and practice.   

Student experience

Students at the School of Film and Journalism take part in many national and international events - from the Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival to the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Our students' work has won many prestigious awards, and our graduates have secured work placements with the BBC, the Discovery Channel, Aardman and National News.

Dr James Lee
Head of Department
School of Film and Journalism

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