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Are you fascinated by how media can influence and shape modern culture? On Solent’s media culture and production degree you’ll learn production skills such as video editing, photography, and radio, combined with the study of media cultural theory in western and non-western contexts.

Studying at one of the UK’s top creative universities, you’ll be taught by an experienced academic team and will also have access to industry-standard facilities where you can develop a professional show-reel. 

  • Teaching is delivered by a team of academics with extensive experience in the film and television industries in areas such as critical analysis, production, directing and screenwriting.
  • The course curriculum is built around practical insights into the media industry and culture and focuses on analysing the media, studying screen cultures and industries, and entrepreneurial practice, as well as multi-media production in video, radio and photography.
  • Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students and boasts facilities including green screen TV studios, HD broadcasting equipment, an extensive media loans centre and specialist audio recording studios.
  • Students also have access to a wide range of professional equipment including HD video cameras, DSLR's with a wide range of lenses, professional lighting rigs and high-end sound equipment for on-location shoots.
  • In previous years, students have benefitted from a range of guest lectures from high-profile industry speakers.
  • Solent University promotes a culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration and students on this degree can have the opportunity to work on exciting joint projects with photographers, musicians, performers, make-up artists and hair designers.
  • Students are also encouraged to gain work experience opportunities through Solent Creatives, our on-campus, student-run creative agency; our on-campus video production unit, Solent Productions or Solent TV, our online channel produced by students.
  • For external work experience opportunities, the course team’s strong industry links have allowed past students to work with organisations such as Glastonbury, Truckfest and Boardmasters festivals.
  • Solent University is also home to a 3D cinema - the only one available for student use in a European university. 

The industry

As online multi-media content continues to grow in popularity, graduates with excellent media production skills 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.

Solent’s media culture and production degree will help prepare students for careers in a number of creative roles across many industries by encouraging them to develop skills in researching, analysing and evaluating ideas and information, as well as practical skills in production techniques across different media.

A number of graduates from Solent’s media technology degrees are running their own production businesses, working as in-house practitioners or securing budgets for creative projects through crowd-funding.

The programme

Solent University’s multi-million-pound media academy is a hub for creative students. The academy boasts three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio which seats an audience of 200, and a range of industry-standard radio and music production facilities. The academy also has a number of edit suites equipped with Mac Pro computers with the full Adobe Creative Suite installed to aid editing, colour grading and special effects work.

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

To help gain practical work experience and develop their showreel, 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 culture and production 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

Think a career in media is for you? Solent University’s media culture and production degree aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of cultural theory and develop the ability to become a multi-skilled media practitioner in preparation for you to take the first step into your media career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

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Year one:

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Core units

  • Digital Production: Audio–Online
  • Visual Production: Photography-Video
  • Creative Industries: Policies, Ethics and Debates
  • Introduction to Media Analysis
  • Screen Industries, Screen Cultures.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Online Industries, Online Practices
  • Media, Culture and Ideology
  • Multimedia Production and Professional Development.

Options

  • Professional Practice: Live Brief
  • Documentary Photography
  • Documentary Audio/ Radio
  • Documentary Video
  • Image Design and Image Post-Production
  • Sound Design and Sound Editing
  • Videography and Video Editing
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Work Experience
  • Global Media Industries.

Options

  • Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Dissertation: Research & Development
  • Major Project: Preproduction
  • Representing Gender and Sexuality
  • Media Events
  • Direct and Digital Marketing
  • Media Culture in Japan
  • Media Culture in Germany
  • Media Culture in China
  • Media Culture in India
  • Media Culture in Brazil
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A combination of academic study, media production workshops and real-world experience, to maximise your professional potential.

Work experience
Employability is a central consideration of the degree, and our highly supportive staff will help you learn to market yourself to employers and accumulate key skills and confidence, culminating in a final-year portfolio of work experience that will strengthen your CV.

You’ll be able to get involved with the University’s in-house production company, Solent Productions, which produces a diverse range of content for external clients. Students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at a range of festivals including Glastonbury and Butserfest, Cowes Week sailing regatta and other high-profile events.

Solent also has a design and marketing agency, Solent Creatives, where students can pitch for work on real briefs for professional clients.

Assessment
Essays, presentations, portfolios and a range of media production projects.

Our facilities

Students will have access to industry-standard equipment for digital film-making, radio, photography and design. Alongside digital studios and a student-run 3D cinema to show student films and the latest commercial releases, 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 into 4K technology has begun allowing students to enjoy the same equipment as professional filmmakers.

Students will also have access to our three television studios, green screen technology, and the latest editing and design software such as Adobe Creative suite, AVID and Final Cut Pro.

Study abroad

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 see 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 media, culture and production 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.

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.

Graduates possess skills in researching, analysing and evaluating ideas and information, and are well versed in production techniques in different media.

As such, the range of skills you’ll develop during your time at Solent provides excellent preparation for work in the creative industries, with many graduates gaining employment in major organisations such as the BBC, Channel Four, ITV and the British Film Institute.
You’ll also have a wide range of career paths open to you; Solent graduates currently work in fields including journalism, media production, PR and marketing.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Links with industry

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience placements.

You’ll also have access to a programme of guest lectures from the industry; recent speakers have included film directors Michael Apted and Sir Alan Parker, comedian Ed Byrne, Oscar-shortlisted writer Julian Unthank, presenter Zoë Ball, assistant director Jeff Taylor, and Brian Tufano, cinematographer on Trainspotting.

Transferable skills

Writing, presentation, teamwork, working to deadlines and project management.

Further study

MA Film Production

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to take a wide range of roles, such as graphic designer, assistant producer, trainee marketing editor, imagery coordinator, web administrator and marketing executive.


 

Key facts

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Entry requirements

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

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • 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.
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

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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 photography printing, external hard drive and UK study trip costs in year one: £495.
Optional SD card, photography printing and European study trip costs in year two: £770. 
Optional SD card, photography printing and USA study trip costs in year three: £1,155. 

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: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

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

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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.com.

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

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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.




 

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