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BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology

Bring your creativity to the technical side of television production

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Would you like to work behind the scenes in the television industry? This hands-on television production degree explores the mechanics of TV broadcasting, helping to equip you with the essential expertise you’ll need to succeed.

  • This course focuses on the technical side of television broadcast production, covering the installation, operation and management of technologies associated with both live and pre-recorded broadcasts.
  • The programme provides students with regular opportunities to practice the technical skills that they have learnt. Past students have supported the production of the BBC’s Children in Need, the departure of the QE2, and the broadcast of various live music events.
  • Members of the course teaching team have had extensive experience in the industry and maintain their network of industry contacts.
  • The curriculum has been developed alongside these industry contacts, helping to ensure that students are equipped with the correct combination of skills required by graduate employers.
  • Students are given free access to a range of high-end and industry-standard television production facilities. These facilities include one of the UK’s most advanced HD outside broadcast vehicles, as well as a range of post-production suites and video labs.
  • Students are given the opportunity to showcase their final year projects at an end of year degree show.
  • The curriculum is flexible, allowing students to customise their learning and gain specialised expertise via a range of optional units.

The industry

As media production technology develops, highly skilled technical practitioners will continue to be an essential part of the production process. This course aims to help equip students with the broad base of knowledge required to take advantage of these emerging technologies and pursue a range of graduate positions.

The programme

Students studying television production technology will spend much of their time using our industry standard media facilities. These include a HD outside broadcast vehicle, multitrack music recording studios, radio and television production studios, editing suites, video laboratories and a 3D cinema.

Students are then given the chance to apply the practical skills that they have learnt by taking part in work experience opportunities and live client briefs. Past students have worked on live broadcasts for the BBC, Glastonbury, Butserfest and Truck festival. Southampton Solent also benefits from strong links with the BBC, ITV, Arqiva, Ericsson, Global Media and various independent production companies

The academic team is made up of practitioners from a variety of industry backgrounds. In previous years, their network of contacts have provided further potential employment opportunities and work placements to students.

Students are also encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills throughout their degree. These include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.

Next steps

Think a career in television broadcast production might be for you? With experienced staff, professional facilities and regular opportunities to hone your practical skills, Southampton Solent University’s television production technology degree will help prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the television industry.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year C3FA
  • 3 Years Standard entry F871

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Solent students at Truck Festival
   

Year one:

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Core units

  • Core skills
  • Signals and sources
  • Physics of light and sound
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Computing fundamentals
  • Video production techniques.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Managing projects
  • Media formats
  • Video systems
  • Television operations
  • Live event technology.

Options

  • Audio systems
  • Sound design.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Media technology project
  • Broadcast distribution technologies
  • Event management.

Options

  • Cinema technologies
  • Audio post-production
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Broadcast systems design
  • Formats and workflow.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions, as well as practical group and individual projects.

Work Experience
Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with the technical production of local and national events. Recent highlights include: BBC Children in Need; Southampton Solent University’s graduation and fashion events; Olympic sailing from Weymouth for the BBC; the departure of the QE2; and collaboration with the BBC at numerous events, including the New Forest Show, and Glastonbury, Truck and Butserfest music festivals.

Past students have also obtained valuable placements with companies such as Dolby, or worked on the production of an internet TV channel for IBC in Amsterdam.

Assessment
Units are assessed using a mixture of written assignments, presentations, production portfolios and short tests.

Our facilities

BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology students have access to all the facilities and resources available within Southampton Solent University and the Entertainment Technology Centre, including: 5 multitrack music recording studios, 4 radio studios, a video 5.1 surround
dubbing studio, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, 2 multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a full 5.1 equipped high-definition multi-camera outside broadcast TV vehicle. There is also a wide range of location equipment for recording and live events.

Study abroad

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 production technology 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. For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, video webinars and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year C3FA
  • 3 Years Standard entry F871

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.

On graduating you will be well placed to work in outside broadcast in film, television, radio or the facilities industry, finding positions such as camera operators/trainees, vision mixers, sound recorders/mixers/assistants or junior broadcast engineers.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Production manager
  • Broadcast/location operations 
  • Distribution management
  • Freelance production/journalism
  • Specialist filming
  • Camera operations. 
Links with Industry

The course has strong links with media technology companies such as Arqiva, Ericsson, CISCO, EVS and Dolby, providing potential employment opportunities for graduates and live projects to help improve your employability.

Transferable skills

Key skills developed during this course include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to work as a vision engineer at Arena OB, broadcast technician at Shooting Partners and vision engineer at CTV Outside Broadcast.

  • roles with Visions, SiS, F1, Bloomberg, Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington studios, ITV, the BBC and more.
Solent's media technology courses at the New Forest Show

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

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 minimum of two A-levels excluding General Studies or Key Skills, including a minimum Grade C, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • An interview is required for entry to this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year.

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

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 Technology Foundation Year C3FA
  • 3 Years Standard entry F871



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