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BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Culture (Top-up)

Become a professional communicator – study media, comms and culture.

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Are you fascinated by popular culture? Would you like to upgrade your existing qualifications into a full undergraduate degree? Southampton Solent University’s media, communication and culture top-up programme combines the academic study of culture and media with practical projects in digital video, events management, public relations and entrepreneurship. This multidisciplinary approach helps ensure that you graduate with the academic expertise and hands-on experience that employers require.

  • Students study a curriculum with an emphasis on employability and portfolio development.
  • The curriculum is delivered by a team with extensive research and industry experience.
  • Students are encouraged to gain work experience through Solent Creatives, our student-run creative agency; Solent Productions, our on-campus video production unit; or Solent TV, our online channel.
  • Southampton Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students. Facilities include green screen studios, an extensive media loans centre and specialist audio recording studios.
  • Students from the School of Media Arts and Technology benefit from a programme of industry guest speakers.
  • The final major project gives students the opportunity to conduct in-depth independent research, specialising their knowledge and helping with the transition into employment.

The industry

As online multi-media content continues to grow in popularity, graduates with media production skills and a strong sense of cultural context are becoming increasingly sought after. The UK job market for creative occupations grew by 6.4 per cent to 1.9m in 2014, far outstripping the 2.1 per cent average job growth rate for the UK economy.

The programme

Past students studying in the School of Media Arts and Technology have benefitted from a programme of guest lectures. Recent speakers have included the Oscar-winning editor Anne V Coates; Paul Franklin, Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception; Brian Tufano, Trainspotting cinematographer; and Sir Alan Parker, director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning.

To help gain practical work experience and develop their CV, students are encouraged to get involved with the University’s student-run ventures such as Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative marketing agency. The agency can provide students with the opportunity to pitch for paid work with businesses on real-life projects.

Students on the media, communication and culture top-up degree may also have the opportunity to work with Solent Productions, the University’s in-house production company. Solent Productions has an established history of providing work experience opportunities in a variety of crew roles at festivals such as Glastonbury, Truckfest, Boardmasters and Bestival, allowing students to perfect their skills in a ‘real world’ environment.

Next steps

With first-class facilities, a dedicated teaching team and established industry links, Southampton Solent University’s media, communication and culture top-up programme is the perfect first next step for those seeking employment in PR, media or the creative industries.

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UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry P902

Typical entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall

Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:


Core units

  • Major Project
  • Reading Contemporary Culture
  • Global Media Strategies


  • Solent Live
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Factual Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through individual and group project development, lectures, class-based debate and hands-on activity.

Work Experience

There are many varied opportunities to work on live clients briefs through our advertising and design agency, Solent Creatives. 

The course is assessed through reports, essays, creative portfolio building, live projects, digital and online artefacts, reflective logs, presentations and your major project.

Our facilities

During the course you’ll learn how to use a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art video and TV, photography, audio and online equipment, as well as a variety of industry-standard software design packages. 

UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry P902

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.

The course equips you for careers in the media and creative industries and in the promotional and communications departments of public and commercial organisations. 

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Marketing and sales
  • Research
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Film-making
  • Postgraduate education

Links with industry

The course is taught by academic tutors and production staff with extensive professional experience, enabling you to develop your critical faculties and meet the challenges of the media industry. The range of topics covered, together with the emphasis on experiential learning, will make you a highly attractive prospect to a wide variety of employers.

Transferable skills

Critical thinking, research, writing, presentation, IT, teamwork, project management.

Further study

MA Creative Advertising


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.
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

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 P902