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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:

Sound Wave: Retreat

Supporting emerging musicians aged 18-25 to realise their potential as artists.

The Sound Wave Retreat took place in July 2019, supporting a group of 15 musicians aged 18-25 to develop their skills, networks and confidence.

The programme included workshops, masterclasses, performance opportunities, and creative free time. Sessions were facilitated by music industry professionals, experienced musicians, and life coaches, and learned how to improve song writing, develop live performance skills, and mix and master their own tracks.

The retreat concluded with the young people performing live at the Zed Alley venue in Bristol.

Watch some behind the scenes videos below or read our Music Coordinator Mike’s blog here.

Find out about our ongoing Sound Wave programme here.


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!

The Male Room

Supporting young men to develop their skills as creative professionals and explore masculine identity.

The Male Room took place in 2018. It was open to young men aged 18-30 who were aspiring entrepreneurs or who wanted to focus on personal development.  During a residential retreat at Folly Farm we supported them to develop creative skills and practical knowledge of entrepreneurship, and explore and challenge ideas about masculinity in their industry. They also received professional mentoring and coaching.



Photography by Dean Ayotte

What’s the story behind the programme?

Knowle West Media Centre supports people of all backgrounds to develop careers in the creative industries – particularly groups that are under-represented or have faced barriers to achieving their goals. We recognise that men are faced with societal challenges that not only impact their wellbeing but the experience and wellbeing of other groups including women and LGBTQ+ communities.

Male Suicide

Bristol (12.8) and Bath (11) both registered higher suicide rates than the national average of 10.1 per 100,000 persons in England. (Office for National Statistics)

Masculinity and Identity

New YouGov research reveals the scale of the generational shift in terms of how young people perceive their own masculinity and, to a lesser extent, femininity. On a scale of 0-6, where 0 is completely masculine and 6 is completely feminine, only 2% of young men (aged 18-24) define themselves as totally masculine, compared to fully 56% of men over 65. 36% of young men are less likely to say they find it easier to talk to a friend about issues than women (53%). (YouGov.UK 2016)

Mena Fombo explained: “KWMC supports women and other underrepresented groups to access safe spaces and learning environments to develop skills to progress into the often male-dominated creative industries, and develop the confidence to challenge cultural norms. This work is vital but can only change the industry so far – we also need to support men to recognise the privileges they experience and use their influence positively. The Male Room aims to support men in the creative industries to both succeed themselves and be part of creating an environment where all oppressed, and underrepresented groups can thrive, feel safe and included.”

Contact Us

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

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