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Partnerships in Filmmaking, Animation and Photography

We work with a range of organisations and businesses in the Bristol area, meaning that our students have access to real-world learning situations and exciting work placements.

As one of the biggest creative hubs outside London, Bristol is home to a huge variety of cultural and media organisations.

Our collaborations and partnerships with businesses and organisations across the creative and cultural industries mean that your learning will be real-world focused. Opportunities include exciting work placements, work on multi-disciplinary projects, access to professional working environments, network development and professionally-led masterclasses.

Partnerships and connections


Bristol is the global centre for natural history filmmaking and is home to the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit. It's also the biggest factual media hub outside of London. As part of our collaboration with the BBC, we’ve set up three bespoke Masters programmes that are unique to UWE Bristol: MA Wildlife Filmmaking, MA Documentary and Features, and MA Journalism.


Watershed is Britain’s first media centre and promotes creativity, innovation and inclusion from cultural, commercial and community sectors. It's a facilitator, hub and catalyst within the creative industries, develops new models of practice through learning opportunities for all and is the go-to place for independent film.

The Pervasive Media Studio

The Pervasive Media Studio is a collaboration between Watershed, HP Labs and UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre with support from the South West Regional Development Agency.

The Pervasive Media Studio brings together creators and users from diverse backgrounds to research and produce valuable experiences for a new form. It is home to our Digital Cultures Research Centre and has a great work space, an open ethos and a can-do attitude, and is fuelled by ideas, curiosity and generosity.

Encounters International Short Film Festival

This annual event takes place in November at the Watershed and Arnolfini. The Encounters 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

A community-centred resource, the Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) aims 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.

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