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BA (Hons) Film and Television (Top-up)

Transform your existing qualifications into a full film and TV degree

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Do you dream of working on productions on both the big and small screen? Southampton Solent’s one-year film and television top-up degree programme will help you build on your existing skills and qualifications to gain a full honours degree.

You’ll be encouraged to produce informed and imaginative written and practical work to equip you with a wide range of skills essential for a career in the film and television industry.

  • Teaching is delivered by an academic team who are experts in their fields, including screenwriting, producing and directing.
  • Students have access to industry-standard film and television facilities at our media academy.
  • Past students have benefitted from live project and work experience opportunities through both our in-house creative agency Solent Creatives agency and our strong industry ties.
  • Students on the film and television top-up programme can have the opportunity to build on their experience with our student-run online TV channel, Solent TV.
  • Solent’s cross-disciplinary collaborative culture helps students on related courses work together on exciting shared projects.
  • The Solent campus boasts a range of high-tech facilities, from our media centre and broadcasting space to our industry-standard make-up and hair design studios.

The industry 

The UK film industry continues to go from strength to strength, with the number of companies involved in filmed media growing by 32% since 2009. As online video content becomes more and more popular, video production skills like those taught on this course have become increasingly sought after.

The film and television top-up programme has a strong focus on employability and aims to prepare students for a career in television, film and other creative industries when they graduate. Past graduates have secured roles at national and international companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Warner Bros, Fox London and Talkback Thames.

The programme

Working in broadcast-standard HD digital television studios, students have the opportunity to make short fictional and documentary films to gain substantial experience of moving image production.

Alongside the production units, the course covers critical theory, which encourages students to become critical thinkers and creative practitioners, helping them to inform and develop their work.

Studies are supported by a guest speaker programme, and past students have enjoyed talks from high-profile guest speakers including Oscar and BAFTA award-winning directors, producers, actors, editors and cinematographers.

To aid study, students have free access to the University’s multi-million-pound media academy which boasts industry standard production and post production facilities, including state of the art HD studios with green screen. Solent’s media academy also offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to a range of modern film-making equipment including high-definition video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras. Students are also able to access a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.

The course academic team is made up of highly experienced industry professionals with backgrounds in film-making, editing, cinematography, and television production and editing. The team also has strong links with the industry and encourage students to seek work placements to build essential hands-on experience.

Students previously studying on the film and television top-up programme have had the opportunity to get involved with outside broadcasting and filming opportunities through the University, at events such as Glastonbury Festival and Cowes Week. Solent’s creative agency, Solent Creatives, and media agency, Solent Productions, also provide opportunities to work with external clients on live briefs.

Next steps

Think a career in film and television is for you? With strong industry links and state-of-the-art facilities, Southampton Solent’s film and television top-up degree is the perfect way to build upon your existing skills and qualifications and begin your career in this exciting industry.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry P901

Typical entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall

Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:


Core units

  • Television Studio
  • Global Screens: The Transmedia Age
  • Final Major Project: Production/Dissertation/Script


  • Acting and Performance
  • The Director
  • The Time Machine
  • Contemporary British Film
  • Sex on Screen
  • After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture
  • Cine-Extreme: The Cultural Politics of Transgression
  • The Musical
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Major Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops, studio practical sessions, tutorials, independent study.


This course is assessed using coursework in the form of a live studio production, project, essays and presentations.

Our facilities

  • Excellent industry-standard production and post-production facilities, including state-of-the-art HD studios with green screen.
  • A large student-run cinema on campus, with 4K digital projection, surround-sound and 3D technology.
  • Solent boasts a comprehensive range of modern film-making and photography equipment, ranging from HD video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses. 
  • Investment in 4K technology has begun, allowing students to enjoy the same equipment as professional film-makers.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry P901

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You will be prepared for a career in television, film and other creative industries, either within large organisations or your own independent company. 

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Festival and events management
  • Researching and archiving
  • Screen criticism and journalism
  • Teaching 
  • Film and media education
  • Arts administration
  • Public relations
  • Public sector. 

Links with industry

Our teaching team has extensive industry and practical experience. Production tutors are film-makers, editors, cinematographers, television producers and directors. They will encourage you to produce informed and imaginative written and practical work, and equip you with the wide range of employability skills essential for a career in the industry.

You will have the opportunity to take part in outside broadcasting and filming opportunities at events such as Glastonbury and Cowes Week. You can also work with external clients via Solent Creatives, the University’s media agency, and Solent Productions, the University’s production unit.

The School of Media Arts and Technology benefits from a large range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included Anne V Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning).

Transferable skills

Production, problem-solving, writing, presentation, research, self-evaluation and teamwork.

Further study

MA Film Production

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduate destinations include national and international companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Warner Bros, Fox London, The Coast 106, Talkback Thames, Aquarius Sound, Company Pictures and Solent Productions. Sample roles include camera operator, marketing executive, editor and production runner.

Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent) or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • UK applicants may be asked to attend an interview and show a sample of their work.
  • Applicants from outside the UK may be interviewed by video call or telephone and be asked to send in an electronic portfolio.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

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:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

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 for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

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.  

Non-standard entry

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.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Optional study trip costs: £1,400

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

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.


How to apply


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:

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.

Student support and services


Student welfare

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.

University facilities

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.

Living in Southampton

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.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry P901


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