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Jump Studios

Experiment with new technologies, develop your skills as a leader or media-maker, and enjoy being creative. Jump in!

Jump Studios is Knowle West Media Centre’s programme for 10 – 30 year olds. We offer a range of after-school groups, creative courses, work experience, training opportunities and holiday activities. We also get paid work for our Emerging Creatives via our Creative Agency Eight.

After School Activities

We aim to run all after-school programmes in person at Knowle West Media Centre from 19 April 2021, in line with government social distancing guidelines. We will also be offering a semi-virtual option for young people unable to attend an in person session.

Group sizes are considerably smaller than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions. You will only be able to book one activity per young person per week. Block booking is essential so please make sure you choose a night of the week that you are available throughout the term.

You can register your interest via our online form.

Control Alt Delete

Mondays, 4.30 – 6 pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL
(Ages 10 – 16) FREE

Explore new and exciting creative technologies including coding, gaming and 3D design.

Maker City

Tuesdays, 4.30 – 6 pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL
(Ages 10 – 16) FREE

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) programme for young people interested learning about digital making, creative tech and social action.

Sound Wave: After School

Wednesdays, 4.30 – 6 pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL
(Ages 10 – 16) FREE

Learn how to create and write your own song while exploring exciting music tech.
Creative Hub

Wednesdays, 4.30 – 6 pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL
(Ages 10 – 16) FREE

Explore and develop your creative skills. Recent sessions include character design, digital storytelling, animation and filmmaking.

Collaborative Theatre Project

Thursdays, 5 – 6pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL
(Ages 11 – 14) FREE

A theatre project for young people interested in theatre-making, storytelling, creative tech and social action!

Get Involved

Booking is essential for all free after-school sessions. Links to each term’s booking form will be shared on this page and via our social media channels @jumpKWMC

​​If you have any issues filling out the form or can’t access it, please contact the team via e-mail at or by phone on 0117 903 0444.  Please note that phone lines are only monitored while the KWMC building is open and will not be answered during the national lockdown when the building is closed.


Free Resources

At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown we put together a list of online resources that we use at Jump Studios that young people can access at home for free.  If you fancy some offline creative activities there is also a list of activities without technology!


Music production / podcasting: Soundtrap

Coding with Music: Sonic Pi

Chrome Music Lab: Music Lab


Hour of Code:

Learn Python:



Code Club:

3D & Laser cutting design software







Other cool resources!

Google Fonts:

Maker City x Stemettes Curiosity Project

Supporting young women to make a difference in the world by creating their own digital social action project.

Are you passionate about changing the world? Want to meet new people or make new friends? If you’re aged 16-18 and want to learn new skills, The Curiosity Project could be for you!

The first programme and residential retreat ran in January-February 2020, but watch this space for more details about future activities!

What is it?

The Maker City x Stemettes Curiosity Project brings together girls from London and Bristol to work on big ideas to create positive change. Maker City (from Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol) and Stemettes (London) have teamed up to create an amazing programme for 20 young women.

What will I be doing?

During the programme you will learn about social action and how to develop your ideas into a campaign. You’ll develop new skills to help drive your project, like photography, video, animation, design and web development. You’ll also work with brilliant mentors and meet inspiring professional women!

No previous digital or tech experience is necessary.

Why should I take part?

– Build your self confidence
– Improve your wellbeing
– Meet other like minded young women from Bristol and London
– Develop a creative social action project
– Learn new technology skills such as laser cutting, digital embroidery and web design
– Build your CV
– Receive 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching

When is it?

The first programme and residential retreat ran in January-February 2020, but watch this space for more details about future activities!

About the Retreat

Participants spent two nights away in a beautiful venue just outside of Bristol (about 90 minutes from London). All transport, bedding, food and drinks were included. During the retreat participants developed ideas for their passion project and met inspiring women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). They also had the chance to do some photography, filmmaking and creative writing.


The retreat was followed by a graduation event to  celebrate participants’ achievements and share their projects.

Is there a cost to taking part?

There is no cost to you to take part in Maker City x Stemettes!

Control Alt Delete (Jump Studios)

Control Alt Delete is a weekly session for 10 – 16 year olds that provides exciting opportunities to get hands-on with new technology.


Sessions take place every Monday and aim to inspire the next generation of digital producers: young people who don’t just consume technology but build, test and experiment together.

Activities include:

Using robots
Building in Minecraft
3D printing
Virtual Reality
Computer Aided Design


The sessions are suitable for young people aged 10-16.  Control Alt Delete aims to provide a fun and exciting space for young people to develop the skills and tools to become creators and inventors.

When talking about the tech workshops that we put on over the summer one young person said, “It’s been the best day of my life!”


The Autumn term starts on Monday 9th September and sessions run every Monday evening during school term time from 4.30 – 6pm.

Get Involved!

Places are limited, so please sign up if you want to come by contacting Dot: or calling 0117 9030444

Photos: Dean Ayotte

Creative Hub (Jump Studios)

Creative Hub is a weekly creative space for 10-16 year olds to explore digital media and develop their own projects and ideas.


Taking place every Wednesday during term time from 5-7pm, the Hub offers opportunities to get involved in a wide range of creative practices, including

– animation
– gaming
– music
– illustration
– technology (coding, robotics, virtual reality)

Members of Creative Hub, and other Jump Studios groups, can also complete an Arts Award qualification at Bronze or Silver level.



Creative Hub is part of our Jump Studios programme for 10 – 16 year olds and offers young creatives the opportunity to develop skills and interests at their own pace, with the support of the KWMC team.


Creative Hub runs during term time on Wednesday evenings 5pm – 7pm.


Sessions take place weekly at Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL.

Get involved!

Creative Hub is a busy space and is open access. You don’t have to book places (like you do for Creative Courses) but computers and equipment are given on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information please contact or speak to the team on 0117 903 0444.

Photos: Dean Ayotte

Maker City (Jump Studios)

We believe that young people should have the chance to access and explore the exciting world of digital making.

Maker City is Jump Studios‘ 10-week programme for makers aged 10 – 15 from across Bristol.  Over 10 weeks, young people can experiment with a range of digital manufacturing technologies, including laser cutting, robotics, vacuum forming, 3D scanning, 3D printing and using a vinyl cutter –  all whilst learning about the product design process and social action campaigning.

After this introduction to different technologies, the young people have the chance to design and make a project of their choice.

Maker City runs in three locations each week. At the end of the programme the three groups come together to share what they’ve made, create a network of young makers and work together in a final making challenge!

This programme is completely free!

Our current locations are:

Our previous locations are:

  • Parson Street primary school
  • City Academy secondary
  • Bridge Learning Campus Secondary school
  • Barton Hill Academy
  • Greenfield Primary


We had our first Maker City graduation on Saturday 15 December 2018 at Filwood Community Centre as part of our festive makers’ market. It was a great time for the young people, parents and teachers to come together, reflect on what they’d learned, and do one more making challenge!


How do I get involved?

If you would like to come to our open sessions at KWMC: The Factory or are a teacher and you would like Maker City to come to your school please get in touch with Dot: e-mail or call 0117 903 0444.

The next block of 10 Maker City open sessions will start on 8th October 2019. Please get in touch as soon as possible to join our waiting list.

Sound Wave

Sound Wave is Jump Studios’ new artist development programme for emerging artists aged 14+

From live music recording to learning the basics of music production, Sound Wave offers emerging artists the chance to realise their potential.

Opportunities include:

– Introduction to music production using industry standard programs like Logic Pro X
– Live Music Recording (Sound Wave Sessions)
– Performance
– Music Residential Retreats
– Artist Development
– Coaching and Mentoring

For more information contact or call 0117 903 0444 for details.

Sound Wave Sessions

To find out about our next round of Sound Wave Sessions fill out this short form!

From Her Tracks

A Music programme for self-identifying women aged 18-24, which includes a three-night retreat.

Are you a budding performer looking for a confidence boost? Are you a songwriter who’s hit a wall and needs some inspiration? Are you an aspiring music workshop leader wanting to improve your facilitation skills?

Hone your existing musical talent, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with other female musicians.

From Her Tracks ran in 2018, however, we are always looking for funding support.

For more information on potential upcoming opportunities please contact Dot Baker at 


South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo III

The South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo returns in 2017, with two days of retro gaming, Virtual Reality gaming, manga illustration, Minecraft and more.

This project has now passed. For potential future opportunities please contact Mena Fombo at

The weekend Expo was bigger than the year before, with more games, Virtual Reality, robotics, manga illustration, anime, fan art, plushie making, Minecraft, and games design workshops!

The event, organised by our Jump Studios programme, is suitable for all ages.

Activities included:

Retro gaming: SEGA Mastersystem I & II, SEGA Megadrive, Nintendo Gameboy, Nintendo64, SNES, NES, Nintendo WII, Playstation 3, XBox360 and more…

Virtual Reality Gaming: HTC Vive.

Workshops: Jump into Games Design; Make your own comic (sign up on arrival, limited spaces), Make a plushie.

Anime Screening: selection of anime films throughout the day.

Cosplay photoshoot: come dressed as your favourite characters and have pics taken in our photography studio.

Emerging Artists Gallery: view amazing artwork from illustrators, game and character designers and comic creators.

GeekOut: fancy dress box with more opportunities to take professional pics.

Board Games: selection of games available all day.

Competitions: our retro gaming team will host a range of competitions, which will include prizes!

Dealers: pick up some merchandise from dealers including 8bit Planet.

The 2015 and 2016 Expos featured retro video gaming, a computer hack where young and old took apart old computers and consoles and transformed them into tech-art masterpieces, manga drawing masterclasses, anime film screenings and a Lightsabre Combat Workshop with Ludosport.

Jump into…Manga (Jump Studios)

Love Manga and comics? Sign up to our free creative course and get expert tuition to create your own stories!


Jump into…Manga was a 10 week creative course giving 10-19 year olds the opportunity to get to grips with storytelling through the art of manga and comic creation. The course will introduce participants to the Japanese art form, using traditional paper-based techniques and technology.

You will work towards releasing your one page comics at KWMC’s third annual South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo, with the opportunity to further develop your ideas after the launch. The course will give young artists the chance to:

– develop skills including storytelling, character development and authentic styles
– receive online and printed versions of their comic
– launch their comic at the South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo


This course is ideal for budding artists or young people who have a passion for comics, illustration and manga / anime, even if you are yet to pick up a pencil!

The course will be separated into two age groups: 10-14 and 15-19.


Sessions take place weekly at Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL.


No longer running.


Sessions take place weekly at Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL.

Get involved!

Jump Into…Manga is a sign-up only course: in order to guarantee a place please email or call 0117 903 0444.

Photos: Dean Ayotte

Jump into…Journalism (Jump Studios)

A course supporting young people to develop their skills as writers and journalists.

It’s easy to forget that amidst the social media chatter and cutting-edge apps we can find lots of engaging stories and traditional storytelling techniques. Over 10 weeks in Autumn 2017 Jump Studios explored the world of digital storytelling.

Jump Into…Journalism was a 10 week creative course, giving 14-19 year olds the chance to get to grips with modern journalistic techniques. Working with TEDxBristol (the largest TEDx event in Europe) and The Knowledge, Knowle West’s community magazine, the course covered:

– Writing for print media
– The art of storytelling
– Blogging
– Journalistic photography
– How to interview, with the BBC
– Podcasting
– Radio hosting
– Creating content for social media including videos, vox pops and news clips

Plus, the course included the amazing opportunity to be part of the TEDxBristol team as an official journalist for the day!

After 10 weeks of development, participants graduated as official Jump Journalists.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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