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.
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.
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.
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.