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Do you dream of interviewing musicians for leading music magazines, radio stations and record companies? Want to get backstage and Tweet about it to a global audience? Then this is the course for you.
Created in consultation with top music magazine editors, this innovative course delivers a multi-platform approach to music journalism. You’ll learn magazine design; digital and social media management; radio, film and photography skills; and how to research and write great copy.
You’ll study the music and media industries and popular music cultures, and have the opportunity to work on unique initiatives such as Audio Addict, our hugely successful on- and offline multimedia magazine; SMILEfest, Solent’s annual live music and industry conference; and much more.
240 UCAS Tariff points
(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)
Lecture, classroom and IT sessions, supporting individual and group project study.
Our students have gained placement and freelance work experience at magazines and websites including NME, Q, Mojo, Kerrang!, Mixmag, Loaded, The Fly, Drowned in Sound, The Quietus and Art Rocker, and newspapers including The Sun and The Independent. They have also found placements at Radio 1 and Radio NRJ (France).
Students with an interest in PR have enjoyed internships at Division PR, Freeman PR and Purple PR, among others. Students on this course have also worked closely with music festivals like Isle of Wight, Sonisphere, Bestival, Blissfields and Pulse, producing magazines, documentaries, blogs and daily news-sheets.
In 2014 students ran the Twitter feed for Glastonbury, wrote articles for Glastonbury Press and produced Isla, the official Isle of Wight Festival magazine.
Essays, practical production projects, group and individual projects, seminar presentations, portfolios and reflective writing projects.
The specification for the current academic year can be found here.
We have cutting-edge IT facilities and an industry-standard newsroom.
The Erasmus+ programme may give you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe. For more information visit www.solent.ac.uk/exchange.
If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study music journalism units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.
If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.
Studying this course can lead to a career in music journalism as well as a number of other potential fields, such as in magazine production, copywriting, social media management, web designing, music PR and education.
The teaching staff includes internationally renowned music journalists, authors, magazine editors and designers with unparalleled links with the music and media industries. The course is supported by regular guest speakers from industry, live briefs and industry mentoring. There are regular lectures by visiting teaching fellows, including James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!).
Writing for a variety of outlets, print and web design, film production, audio editing, photography, social media activities, blogging, magazine production, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking and analytical skills.
Course graduates have found positions in prominent music journalism magazines and websites, including DJ, Drowned in Sound, Art Rocker and Loaded.
Other graduates have found roles such as: junior music campaign officer, radio presenter, music producer or online marketing assistant and content creator at organisations like Sunday Best Records, Wilful Publicity, Reprezent Radio, Vanilla Underground and D&G Media.
Location of study: East Park Terrace
Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio interview information
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme and an international foundation programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.
The tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £10,930 per year
UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year
International part-time fees: Please contact us for information
Compulsory band booking, guest speaker, printing, word press and travel costs in year three: £200Optional UK study trip in year one: £350Optional European study trip in year two: £650Optional USA study trip in year three: £1,000
Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.
Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.
Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk
Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the main office of the faculty that runs the course you are interested in for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the faculty office running the course, addresses are given on the form.
Part-time undergraduate study application form
Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.
You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.
Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.
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