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BA (Hons) Film

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Do you dream of working in the film industry in either creative or support roles? Southampton Solent University’s film programme is one of the few in the UK to combine critical awareness of film theory and history with practical skills in digital film-making and screenwriting, helping to give you a head start in a number of creative roles.

Taught by practising experts at one of the most creative universities in the UK (Which? University Student Survey 2014), you’ll have access to professional high-definition digital film-making equipment in our state-of-the-art media academy and be taught by an experienced team of industry professionals.

  • Teaching is handled by a team of academics with extensive experience in the film and television industries. Expertise include critical analysis, production, directing and screenwriting.
  • The curriculum is built around practical insights into the film industry and culture, focusing on technical film production, screenwriting and film as an industry.
  • In previous years, students have benefitted from a range of guest lectures. 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) have all given talks here on campus.
  • Southampton Solent promotes a culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Film students can expect to work on exciting joint projects with photographers, musicians, performers, make-up artists and hair designers.
  • Solent University’s recently refurbished media academy is a hub for creative students here at Solent. Facilities include green screen TV studios, HD broadcasting equipment, an extensive media loans centre and specialised audio recording studios.
  • You will also have access to a comprehensive selection of professional equipment including HD video cameras, DSLR’s with a wide range of lenses, professional lighting rigs and high-end sound equipment designed for on-location shoots.
  • Students are invited to pitch for paid work through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives. Our strong industry links have previously enabled students to work with organisations including Glastonbury, Truck and Boardmasters Festival.
  • Past students have benefitted from field trips to film festivals in New York and Rotterdam.

The industry

As online video content becomes more and more popular, video production skills have become increasingly sought after. The UK film industry as a whole continues to go from strength to strength, with the number of companies involved in the film industry growing by 32% since 2009.

Many past students are running their own production businesses, working as in-house practitioners or securing budgets for creative projects through crowd-funding. This course will help students prepare for careers in video production, post-production, directing, producing and cinematography.

Southampton Solent University’s film programme also places a strong focus on writing and presentation skills. This training can help inform a wide variety of support based careers in the film and wider creative industries.

The programme

Solent University’s Media Academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, with three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities. Our large edit suites feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe Creative Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Solent Creatives is our on-campus creative marketing agency, providing Solent students with the opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects. Film students are invited to pitch for paid work, giving them the chance to gain valuable work experience, build a professional showreel and meet industry contacts. 

Students are also encouraged to write critical pieces for Diegesis, Southampton Solent’s student-led film and TV analysis magazine. This helps students to graduate with a portfolio of published written, perfect for supplementing a showreel.

Solent has an established history of providing work experience opportunities for students throughout the summer. Previous students have worked in a variety of technical production and crew roles at festivals including Glastonbury, Truck Fest, Boardmasters and Bestival.

Next steps

Think a career in film might be for you? With close industry links, an eclectic mix of experienced teaching staff and ample opportunities to build both a professional résumé and a showreel, Southampton Solent University is the perfect place to prepare you for your career in the creative industries.

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Emma Romsey
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"With research-active academics, tutors who work in the industry and industry-standard equipment, the film course really helps you to prepare for a career in film."
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year WW61
  • 3 Years Standard entry W610


  • 6 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Which Creative University Award 2014

Year one:


Core units

  • Framing Film
  • Film as Industry
  • Digital Film Production
  • Exploring Film History
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page
  • Cinematography: Designing Mise-en-Scene

Year two:


Core units

  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice
  • Documentary Film-Making
  • Spectacular Cinema
  • Signature Film-Making


  • Guerrilla Film-Making
  • Post-Production: Image and Sound
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • The Cinematographer
  • Screenwriting
  • Crime and Noir
  • The Review: Popular Film and TV Criticism
  • Screen Adaptations
  • Cult Film and TV
  • The Body on Screen
  • Model Your Business
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:


Core units

  • Contemporary Film Culture
  • Cinefantastic: Dreams and Nightmares
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Final Major Project: Dissertation/Screenwriting/Production


  • 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

Teaching, learning and assessment

The degree is taught through a combination of seminars, lectures, individual/group tutorials, workshops and screenings, with extensive support and supervision.

Work experience
You will have the opportunity to work with external clients through Solent Creatives and Solent Productions (our in-house production company and agency). The degree also has links with Southampton Film Week, an annual event partnered by City Eye and Screen South.

Assessment is primarily through coursework, including film productions, individual/group presentations, reports, independent research projects, essays, dissertation, portfolios, screenplays.

Our facilities

This course gives you access to professional production and post- production film-making equipment and facilities, including state-of-the-art HD studios with green-screen technology, as well as fibre-optic editing facilities.

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, as well as investments in professional-quality 4K technology.

We also have a large student-run cinema on campus, with 35mm digital projection, surround-sound and 3D technology.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives 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, see

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 film 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.

Web-based learning

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

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year WW61
  • 3 Years Standard entry W610


  • 6 Years Standard entry

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.

Your work on the course will provide you with relevant and up-to-date industry and interpersonal skills, ensuring that you’re ready for graduate employment. Involvement in live briefs, industry research, different types of writing and presentation experience, as well as bespoke career advice, will enable you to feel fully confident to enter a wide variety of professions within the creative industries.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Film Director 
  • Producer 
  • Casting director 
  • Editor
  • Film critic.
  • Advertising director
  • Arts administrator
  • Public relations executive
  • Publisher.

Links with industry

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).

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with external clients via Solent Creatives, our marketing and design agency. Solent Productions provides annual opportunities for you to work on events and festivals, including Glastonbury, Blissfields and university conferences. We also organise field trips to film festivals in the UK and worldwide.

Transferable skills

Writing, creative thinking, problem-solving, presentation, independence, research, self-evaluation, teamwork and communication.

Further study

Graduates have the option of furthering their study with Solent’s master’s degree in film.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to find roles at organisations including the BBC, Endemol, Warner Bros, Fox London, The Coast 106, Talkback Thames, Aquarius Sound and Company Pictures.

Graduate roles have included camera operator and video editor, film-maker, media runner, freelance film-maker.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Media.

Interview requirements

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

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £1,375; £1,430 and £1,540 respectively.

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.

For more details, please visit:

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.

Part-time and distance learning courses

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 admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

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


  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year WW61
  • 3 Years Standard entry W610


  • 6 Years Standard entry


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