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BA (Hons) Television Studio Production

Go behind the scenes to shape what you see on the TV

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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 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 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.

The programme

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.

Next steps

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.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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

James Bailey
"Television production at Solent isn't just a course of education, it's an experience. It's one that encouraged, enlightened and empowered me to achieve in the industry. It really was the time of my life."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P3
  • 3 Years Standard entry P311

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

  • Intro to Studio
  • Intro to Post-Production: Editing
  • Writing for the Screen
  • i.media
  • Research for Television
  • Intro to Single Camera.

Year two:

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Core units

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

Options

  • The Art Department
  • Cinematography
  • Beyond Television
  • Studio Series Production
  • Shooting Music
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Final Major Project
  • Studio Series Development/Production
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries.

Options

  • Experimental Media
  • 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- and 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 on projects including music festivals, corporate and promotional work. Recent examples include filming live bands such as Rudimental, transmitted on BBC Three.

Assessment
Assessment is entirely 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 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 high-definition, and students also have access to 4K cameras and other new 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 P3P3
  • 3 Years Standard entry P311

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.

The course aims to provide graduates with the technical, creative and personal skills required to work in a TV studio environment. Graduates are likely to find work in studios as camera assistants or operators, production assistants, sound assistants or in the lighting team. Others will go into the field of research, teaching or production management.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Camera operation
  • Sound recording
  • Vision mixing
  • Floor management
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Production management
  • Online content production

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. Ongoing collaborations with football clubs and music festivals such as Glastonbury mean that production work on location is embedded in the curriculum and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career potential.

The school of media benefits from a large range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included Anne V Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar-winner for visual effects for 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, problem-solving and working to deadlines.

Further study

MA Film Production

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to roles including junior multi-skilled studio operator, freelance production co-ordinator, trainee technical operator and presentation scheduler, for companies including Greenfield Television Corporation and Discovery International.


 

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 P3P3
  • 3 Years Standard entry P311



 

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