If you see your future behind the camera managing and organising television production teams, Solent’s Skillset-accredited television and video production degree will help you prepare for a career as a television production professional.
With a strong focus on gaining hands-on experience and access to cutting-edge facilities you’ll research, shoot and edit using the latest professional broadcast equipment, while gaining the essential production experience to launch your media career.
- Solent University’s television and video production degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – a mark of quality reserved for courses that are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.
- Students who have previously studied on film and television degrees at Solent have recently won awards by the BBC and Royal Television Society.
- Solent’s media academy boasts a comprehensive range of modern film-making equipment, ranging from high-definition video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.
- Students also have access to high specification HD TV studios, with multiple camera set-ups, as well as edit suites featuring the latest Apple Mac Pros with comprehensive software, all linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network.
- In previous years, students have been expected to complete at least 120 hours of work experience during the course, with opportunities to carry this out embedded in the curriculum.
- Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience with the University’s in-house company, Solent Productions or Solent TV, the University’s student-run online TV channel.
- Past students have had the opportunity to work on live client briefs and develop a professional show reel, working with the University’s creative agency, Solent Creatives.
- Southampton Solent University is an accredited Avid training centre for industry technology, Media Composer and Pro Tools.
The UK's creative industries (which includes the film, television and music industries) currently contribute £76.9bn per year to the UK economy, according to the 2015 Government report on the creative industries.
Television and video production techniques are constantly evolving and with new media, such as online television, gaining in popularity there are many opportunities for talented and properly-prepared graduates to begin a career in production, directing, editing, camera operation, sound recording, live vision mixing and floor management. Transferable skills in TV editing and research; production management; and online content creation can also be applied to new media and advertising, as well as to teaching or research.
Solent University aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to take advantage of these opportunities and past students have been supported by business mentors, with entrepreneurial students given advice on launching their own company.
Solent’s multi-million-pound media academy is a hub for creative students and boasts a comprehensive range of modern film and television production equipment, ranging from high-definition video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits. The University is also investing in 4K technology, which will enable students to enjoy professional-quality equipment.
Students on the television and video production degree can also enjoy free access to three high-definition TV studios, the largest of which seats an audience of 200 people and can run up to ten cameras. Those who want to hone their editing skills will find over 70 Mac workstations, all linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network. All machines run industry software Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro as standard, while specialist editors will have access to Avid.
Southampton Solent University is an accredited Avid training centre for industry software, Media Composer and Pro-Tools. Those who select editing as an option in their final year are encouraged to gain an additional professional qualification alongside their degree to further enhance their employability prospects.
The television and video production degree is built around gaining hands-on practical experience. In previous years, students on this degree have got their first real taste of the industry by working with the University’s in-house company, Solent Productions on projects for a large number of commercial organisations. In addition, Solent has a long history of working at renowned festivals, in particular working with the BBC at Glastonbury festival, which has seen previous students’ work transmitted live on BBC Three.
To gain further practical experience students are encouraged to freelance at Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative agency, offering them unique opportunities to work on live client briefs to help develop their showreel.
Think a career in television production is for you? Solent University’s television and video production degree can help you realise your vision by learning alongside experienced professionals and using cutting-edge technology to leave you perfectly placed to begin your career in the media industry.