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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.

The Foundation Year in Media provides you with the opportunity to develop technical, creative and academic skills across a range of media platforms including graphic design, video production, digital photography and blogging. You will be encouraged to situate your own media production within established traditions and styles whilst beginning to identify your own storytelling voice and signature style. You will lastly be introduced to the significance of the creative industries within the UK economy and will be encouraged to begin positioning yourself within this growing and exciting, but competitive sector.

Understanding that students are joining the Foundation Year from a range of previous experiences, the course is specifically designed to acclimatise students to the university experience. For the first six weeks you will study just one unit ‘Belonging’ which is delivered intensively by the teaching team and is tailored to help build a sense of course community and ease you into university life. Thereafter units are added so that by the second semester the Foundation structure reflects the experience you can expect on the media-related degree programme of your choosing.

Face-to-face academic support is available throughout, and is complemented by 24/7 access to the University’s virtual learning environment. Teaching is tailored to individual needs by the dedicated course team and Foundation students have in the past gone forward to enjoy success on; BA (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Film Production, BA (Hons) Sport Journalism, BA (Hons) Television Production, BA (Hons) Film and Television amongst others.


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 and Television
BA (Hons) Film Production
BA (Hons) Media Production
BA (Hons) Post-Production for Film and Television
BA(Hons) Sports Journalism
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 2021/22 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,000 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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 2021/22 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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Belonging (Media Design)
    You will learn to present complex creative ideas in visual and compelling ways, work with others as a member of a collaborative group, become a student of the university, and meet with staff from your progression course.
  • Stories (Narrative Media Project)
    On this module, you will be breaking down the theoretical and practical building blocks that stories are made from in order to become a better storyteller yourself. 
  • Projects (Online Media Project)
    This module will not only be an opportunity to undertake a creative project it will also teach you all about how projects work and how to ensure you get the best out of collaboration with a project team. 
  • Discovery (Research for Media Making)
    This module will teach you to find good quality information and to effectively present it. You will be eased into the process of exploring and accessing good quality sources of information in a variety of ways. 
  • Ambitions (Individual Media Project) 
    This module will give you opportunities for further exploration of your own chosen field of media practice which leads to a deeper understanding of your own individual path through your course.  
  • My Place in the Creative Industries (Media Industries)
    By undertaking your own research about the branch of the creative industries you want to work in you will begin to build an understanding of the nature of work and employment in the sector.


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

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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

Solent University has established strong industry links, and past students have benefitted from learning from a number of leading guest speakers, including: 

  • 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

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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