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In light of COVID-19 Somerset Film is offering online work experience opportunities with its professional team at The Engine Room, Bridgwater. What we’re looking for is bright, highly motivated people who have a clear interest in media, and and are driven to succeed.

There are a maximum of 4 one-week placements twice a year for school pupils studying GCSE (subject to our capacity).

We are currently liaising with schools to determine the best possible date for our next work experience week and can confirm the week will be in November. Please check back regularly as this page will be update, alternative send us an email

We are currently in the process of putting together the online programme. At this stage we can confirm that we will be working closely with selected students to determine learning outcomes and maximise their experience during these unprecedented times. We will work with accessible software where possible and safely provide equipment if/when needed.

We give priority to students currently studying at HE (Higher Education) level for placements of up to three weeks.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, from the BAME community, and from disadvantaged groups.

If you meet our criteria, and there are places available, we’ll contact you. Not everyone will get a place, and we may not be able to offer your preferred dates.

We try our best to respond to every email, however during busy periods please be patient with us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do think carefully about your answers to the questions on the application form (submission details are on the form) – they are what we’ll use to decide who gets a placement!

BFI Film Academy for ages 16 - 19

BFI Film Academy is a 7 day programme, where participants aged 16 - 19 years get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of filmmaking through a series of workshops and masterclasses, in which they get the chance to learn from, and work with, leading industry professionals

We hope to release the dates for the next BFI Film Academy in August 2020. We'll be looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply.


Watch the films created by previous Film Academy attendees here.

Click here to stay updated.

Being able to experience different roles within the crew was extremely helpful,  it allowed me to develop knowledge and learn new skills, whilst also gaining vital experience in film making” Chloe | Wiltshire


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We regularly programme courses for all ages and abilities, whether you are a beginner looking to gain IT skills or an emerging filmmaker seeking craft-based subjects such as scriptwriting. See the diary for upcoming courses or get in touch and suggest a subject. If you would like training for your staff or a group of colleagues/friends then do let us know. We can also offer one to one tuition.

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InspirED is a Primary School Arts Network delivered in partnership with Somerset Art Works and Take Art, providing a yearly membership scheme which gives schools:

  • A place at our annual conference
  • Three ebulletins a year
  • Discounts on quality-assured partner including CPD workshops and artist-led residencies
  • Access to case studies and resources on a dedicated website
  • Priority access to other opportunities InspirED has fundraised for

InspirED is an Arts Education partnership between three award-winning arts producers and promoters in Somerset.

InspirED's vision is to inspire every child in the county with access to arts and cultural opportunities to develop their creativity, imagination, confidence and skills to take their place in the world.

We achieve this vision by collaborating with children, young people, families, schools and communities across Somerset.

Our Partners

Somerset Art Works – Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts. They initiate a wide range of projects in a variety of settings, working to increase public engagement, weaving together communities and raising the profile of the vibrant contemporary visual, digital and applied arts scene in Somerset.

Take Art – pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. They provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. Their areas of work are rural touring, dance, music, theatre and early years.

For more information, please head to our Website