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BA (Hons) Television and Video Production

Bring your vision to the screen with this accredited TV production degree

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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 industry

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. 

The programme

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.  

Next steps

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.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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

Liza Daisey
"This course has given me opportunities to meet media companies and gain vital hands-on experience . I have also received support to start my own media production business."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year PP34
  • 3 Years Standard entry P390

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:

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Core units

  • Writing for the Screen
  • Introduction to Post-production: Theory and Practice
  • i.media
  • Research for Television
  • Introduction to Studio: Theory and Practice
  • Intro to Single Camera Production: Theory and Practice

Year two:

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Core units

  • Documentary Production
  • Television Business and Practice
  • Interactive Production
  • Fiction Production

Options

  • Studio Production
  • The Art Department
  • Cinematography
  • Beyond Television
  • Studio Series Production
  • Shooting Music
  • Post-Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Model Your Business 

Year three:

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Core units

  • Final Major Project
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Options

  • Experimental Media
  • Sound Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Studio Series Development & Production
  • Post-Production
  • Experimental Media: Distribution & Exhibition
  • Collaborative Project: Drama
  • Collaborative Project: Music
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is predominantly workshop- or studio-based, with some lectures and classroom-based seminars. Production work is group-based.

Work experience
All students on this degree will need to complete at least 120 hours of work experience during the course, and opportunities to carry this out are embedded in the curriculum. You’ll also be able to work with the University’s in-house company, Solent Productions, which offers placements and opportunities for you to work on practical projects for a huge range of corporate clients. Solent has working relationships with renowned music festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. Recent students have filmed live bands such as Rudimental, which was transmitted on BBC Three. We also have close links with local television companies who provide regular work experience opportunities for students to work on corporate and promotional projects.

Assessment
Assessment is primarily coursework-based, with a mixture of production work, written essays and presentations.

Our facilities

The course has access to three high-definition TV studios, with the largest capable of seating an audience of 200 people and running up to ten cameras. Editors will find over 70 Apple Mac workstations, all linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network. All machines run Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro as standard, while specialist editors will have access to Avid. All location cameras are fully tapeless and Solent is currently investing in 4K technology.

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 TV and video 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.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year PP34
  • 3 Years Standard entry P390

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 acquire the specialist skills for a career in TV and film, as well as in expanding areas of new media, internet television channels, advertising, or academic teaching and research.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Camera operation
  • Sound recording
  • Vision mixing
  • Floor management
  • TV editing and research
  • Production management
  • Online content creation.

Links with industry

The course team has strong ties with industry, and you’ll have support in finding industry-based placements on external projects for a variety of clients.

Students have worked with the Daily Echo, the BBC College of Production, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Viewpress TV, BBC South and many local TV production companies.

The school of media benefits from an impressive range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included Anne V Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning).

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, presentation, project management, visual communication, evaluation and problem-solving.

Further study

MA Film Production

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates are working as researchers, production co-ordinators, camera operators, editors, audio-visual technicians and assistant producers for companies including South Point Films, Fox UK Productions, Mission Digital, ITV, BBC Studios, CSC Media and Media Brighton.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: This course is Creative Skillset-accredited.

Entry requirements

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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.
  • UK applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years 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.

Interview requirements

Before attending your interview, please read the following: Interview information

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

Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £1,375; £1,430 and £1,540 respectively.

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.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year PP34
  • 3 Years Standard entry P390



 

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