If you see yourself as a creative production specialist working in a multi-camera TV studio, Southampton Solent’s Skillset accredited television studio production degree will help you to develop programme ideas, including for interactive and multi-platform applications. You’ll also gain essential skills in directing, producing, research, camera operation, sound mixing, lighting and design, studio techniques and digital post-production, leaving you well prepared for a career as a media professional.
- Solent’s television and studio production degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – the mark of quality reserved for courses that are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.
- Students have full access to high specification HD TV studios with multiple camera set-ups. The largest of these features seating for a studio audience of over 200 people and allows for up to 10 cameras.
- Students who have previously studied television production 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 4K and HD video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.
- 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 and 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 showreel, working with the University’s creative agency, Solent Creatives.
- Post-production at Solent includes Final Cut Pro, Premiere and Avid suites, and students are taught by Avid Certified Instructors.
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 Government’s 2015 report on the creative industries.
Television and video production techniques are constantly evolving and there is also a growing requirement to develop programme ideas that include interactive and multi-platform applications. In a competitive market, highly skilled media practitioners are valued and as the area of new media is expanding with online television channels and video streaming becoming ever more popular, highly-skilled television production professionals are in demand. There are many roles for properly prepared graduates, including producing, 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 University has one of the largest HD studios in the south of England, which is capable of running ten cameras and seats an audience of 200. Recently, TV production students used this studio to direct and shoot a pilot for the QI production team.
The University’s multi-million-pound media academy boasts a wide range of radio and music production facilities and specialist edit suites containing Mac Pro computers installed with the full Adobe Creative suite for editing, colour grading and special effects work. Students also have full access to a comprehensive selection of professional studio equipment including 4K and HD video cameras, DSLRs, a wide range of lenses, lighting rigs, dolly equipment and sound equipment for on-location shoots.
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 get involved with the University’s in-house company Solent Productions, who have previously offered placements and opportunities on a huge range of practical projects including music festivals, corporate and promotional work.
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.
The School of Media Arts and Technology has a long history of providing work experience opportunities for students over the summer, working in a variety of crew roles at music festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters and Bestival.
Television studio production students have gained work experience placements on programmes including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Mastermind and The Big Question.
Graduates have worked on a huge range of broadcast programming including Have I Got News for You, Strictly Come Dancing, Don’t Tell the Bride, Big Brother and The X Factor.
Think a career in television studio production is for you? With its focus on gaining practical experience and Solent’s reputation for producing high-calibre media technology graduates, studying for the television studio production degree will help set you on the right path to beginning your career.