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About the course

Solent’s foundation year in media offers students a stimulating introduction to both the study of media and the production of media content.

You will be encouraged to develop creative and technical skills across a wide range of production mediums, such as print, online, video production, digital photography, audio production, and will also discover how media shapes our lives, giving you a solid understanding of contemporary media making and leaving you well-prepared to progress on to a full media-related degree at Solent. 

The course team’s strong industry links provide you with the opportunity to listen to and learn from many leading industry guest speakers. A number of visiting fellows and professors from the worlds of film, television, media and music have previously guested, and past high-profile speakers have included film directors Sir Alan Parker and Hugh Hudson, and the R&B star, Craig David.

Solent University offers a supportive learning environment and teaching on the foundation year in media is delivered by a dedicated course team. Face to face academic support is also available, and is complemented by 24/7 access to the University’s virtual learning environment.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

To support learning, students have access to Solent’s industry-standard media production facilities.

What does this course lead to?

Upon successful completion of the foundation year in media, you can progress onto the following courses:

BA (Hons) Film
BA (Hons) Film and Television
BA (Hons) Film Production
BA (Hons) Media Production
BA (Hons) Post-Production for Film and Television
BA (Hons) Television Production

Who is this course for?

This foundation year is designed to help you build basic media making skills ahead of starting a full undergraduate media-related degree at Solent.

Typical candidates either haven’t yet met the entry requirements needed to start on the first year of an undergraduate course or have spent time away from education.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,660 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

You will be required to purchase your own media storage in the form of an SD card that meets the universities requirements. Cost approximately £25.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or  equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, or equivalent.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in 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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Media Design
  • Narrative Media Project
  • Online Media Project
  • Research for Media Making
  • Individual Media Project
  • Media Industries


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Course Leader View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Throughout the media foundation year you will have access to Solent’s multi-million-pound media academy, where you can practice your skills in video studios, radio studios, photographic studios and other technical facilities. The media academy also boasts 3D and virtual reality cameras, professional-standard photo labs and computer suites equipped with Apple Mac Pros running the latest industry software such as Final Cut Pro.

The University also houses a 3D screening cinema – the only 3D cinema available for student use in a European university. 

The course may be supported by a programme of guest lectures where students can benefit from listening to industry speakers and learn from their experience.

Solent University’s collaborative culture provides students with the opportunity to work with other students on exciting projects.

Your future

The foundation year in media is designed to provide a route into higher education. Upon successful completion, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a range of media-related degrees at Solent University.

Industry links

The School of Media Arts and Technology has established strong industry links, and past students have benefitted from learning from a number of leading guest speakers, including: 

  • Sir Alan Parker, director of Angela’s Ashes, Fame, Evita, The Commitments, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, and Bugsy Malone.
  • Michael Apted, director of The World is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Nell, and Gorillas in the Mist.
  • Brian Tufano, cinematographer for Trainspotting, Billy Elliot, A Life Less Ordinary, Shallow Grave, and Quadrophenia.
  • Terry Rawlings, sound for Aliens, Blade Runner, Goldeneye, and The Great Gatsby.
  • Eddie Hamilton, editor on Kingsman, Mission Impossible 5, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass, and Resident Evil.
  • Tom Rolf, editor on Taxi Driver, Heat, Pelican Brief, The Right Stuff, Jacob’s Ladder.
  • Paul Franklin, SFX for Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the Harry Potter films.


Although work placements do not form an essential component of the course, you are encouraged to seek work experience placements during holiday periods and at weekends to help further develop your learning and gain practical hands-on experience.  

To also help gain some practical experience, you are encouraged to freelance at Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative agency, with the possibility of gaining unique opportunities to work on live client briefs. You may also be able to get involved with some of the creative production 'modules' offered by the School of Media Arts and Technology.

Further study

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