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BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

Take your place at the forefront of modern multimedia journalism

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Hoping for a career in the fast-paced world of multimedia journalism? With a unique industry focus and accreditation from the British Journalism Training Council, Southampton Solent University’s multimedia journalism programme can help you to develop essential editorial skills for digital, print and broadcast media.

  • This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This tells employers that the curriculum follows strict standards set by the journalism industry itself.
  • Teaching is handled by an academic team with extensive industry experience. The team can use this experience to help support students while they look for work placements and freelance opportunities.
  • The course team also includes associate lecturers, who teach on a part-time basis while still working in the industry. This gives students a unique insight into working life and even greater access to opportunities.
  • Students have free access to a range of industry-standard facilities, including our recently refurbished media centre.
  • Additional facilities include green screen studios, a Mac-equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters, Sky and IRN news feeds and the latest professional media editing software.
  • The curriculum is built around practical insights into the journalism industry. Past students have benefited from access to live projects and prestigious guest speakers.
  • Southampton Solent University promotes a culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Journalism students can work on joint projects with photographers, stylists, film crews and make-up artists.

The industry

As the way the public consumes editorial content continues to change, employers are increasingly looking for journalism graduates who can work confidently in a range of different media. Employers are particularly interested in those with strong digital skills and an understanding of how to tell stories across different platforms.

As well as helping to ensure that students master these skills, Southampton Solent’s multimedia journalism programme also teaches business and enterprise skills – perfect for those who are seeking to take advantage of the increasing demand for freelance editorial work.

The programme

To help with your transition into the industry, Southampton Solent’s multimedia journalism programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This is important, as it tells employers that the teaching here follows strict standards set by the journalism industry itself.

Southampton Solent University is proud to offer our students high-end media facilities. Our multi-million-pound media academy includes a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, and the latest professional media editing software. Live reporting and broadcasting are enabled through the media academy’s integrated TV production facilities.

Multimedia journalism students have full access to our extensive media loans facility, where they can book time with the University’s facilities and borrow high-end video production and photography equipment.

Students also benefit from the University’s links with industry. The course team have helped previous students secure placements at Sky News, Sky Sports, the BBC, The Guardian, Bauer Media, Haymarket Media, ITV News, Company, Cosmopolitan and the Southern Daily Echo.

Students are encouraged to pitch for paid work at Solent Creatives, the University’s creative design, communication and marketing agency. Solent Creatives specialise in connecting students with businesses who need creative help and these extracurricular projects can help students to strengthen their portfolio of professional work.

Next steps

Think a career in journalism might be for you? With established industry links, first-class facilities and a unique emphasis on industry awareness, Southampton Solent University’s multimedia journalism programme is a great way to take the first steps into your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Mara Petrescu
Hannah Brewer
"You get to work with genius lecturers who are working journalists, meet all sorts of brilliant, famous people working for the BBC or Sky, or visit well-known publications and start practising the actual job as a journalist from the very beginning."
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"The lecturers are great and friendly and will do their upmost to help you to succeed. By learning in a hands-on and practical environment, from TV presenting and filming to newsdays, there's no better way to illustrate your skills to future employers."
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P4
  • 3 Years Standard entry P593

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

  • The Write Approach
  • Introduction to Audio
  • Photographic Production and Studio Skills
  • Writing Development
  • Video Production and Studio Skills
  • Law and Ethics

Year two:


Core units

  • Producing the Package
  • Who’s the Boss?
  • Production and Content Management
  • From Concept to Commission


  • Model Your Business
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Fashion Culture & Celebrity
  • Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs 
  • Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Presenting Skills
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:


Core units

  • Major Project: Multimedia Package
  • Multimedia Logic
  • The Convergence Toolkit


  • Digital Photography
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Advanced Photography
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Fashion PR Campaign
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, seminars and practical workshops, including weekly news days where you’ll work on a live website to produce stories for publication.

Work experience
You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements in all years of the degree, as well as to work on live client briefs for our in-house agency, Solent Creatives.

Previous students have undertaken placements at Sky News, Sky Sports, the BBC, News UK, The Guardian, Bauer Media, Haymarket Media, ITV News, Company, Cosmopolitan, the Southern Daily Echo and a variety of other local, national and international media organisations.

News days, professional portfolios, work experience, news stories, feature articles, essays, presentations and the final-year project.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to our extensive professional-quality equipment and studios, including photographic, television and radio studios and our state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom.

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

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 multimedia journalism 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 Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P4
  • 3 Years Standard entry P593

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’ll graduate with the skills you need to find employment as a journalist in the regional and national press, as a local, national or international broadcaster, and on digital radio stations.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • PR and communications work
  • Marketing
  • Advertising.

Links with industry

Weekly news days are an important part of the degree and you will benefit from our strong regional and national media links. Your development as a working journalist will be enhanced by live briefs and publishing assignments, set by industry, to ensure that your skills are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

Transferable skills

During your studies you’ll develop your multimedia and IT skills, as well as those in creative thinking, professional writing, media production, presentations, teamwork and research.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time


  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)
  • Hosts and prepares students for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams
  • Southampton Solent is a Skillset Media Academy and is recognised as a national centre of excellence in media education.

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.
  • Applicants may be telephoned by a member of the academic team to discuss their application. 
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
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 in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.

Optional NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

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.

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:

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


  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P4
  • 3 Years Standard entry P593


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