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About the course

Passionate about production? Thinking of pursuing a career in film and television? Solent University’s comprehensive film and television degree is one of the few in the UK to combine critical awareness with hands-on production training and industry placements. This unique approach will help you to master the broad range of skills that modern media employers require.

Solent University’s film and television programme blends hands-on media production training with an exploration of relevant academic theory, ensuring that students graduate with both practical skills and a strong grounding in critical analysis.

This standard curriculum is supplemented by more than 20 optional units. These units allow students to develop expertise in the specific areas of film and television which they would like to pursue after graduation. Available units cover screenwriting, cinematography, entrepreneurship, documentary making and review writing.

Much of the practical teaching will take place in the media academy - a hub for creative students here at Solent. The media academy includes three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities. Our large edit suites feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe creative package for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Students studying in the School of Media Arts and Technology benefit from a schedule of high calibre guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent talks have been given by Anne V Coates (Oscar winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on 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).

Study abroad
Foundation year available
Built in work experience placement
Specialist facilities
Part time option

Students study a range of practical media production skills including screenwriting, studio production and on-location filming.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to roles such as marketing and video editor, videographer and editor for national, international and independent companies such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, Warner Bros, Net-Natives, Fox, Broken Physics Productions and Channel 4.

Who is this course for?

This hands-on film and television degree is well suited to those who are interested in the practical side of media production. Prior experience is useful but not required.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P303
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year PP30
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Year one:
Optional study trip: £1,375

Year two:
Optional study trip: £1,430

Year three:
Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional study trip: £1,540.

The course features optional trips to international film festivals. These trips are subject to student demand. Prices will be dependent on the location of the trip as well as the travel and accommodation costs at the time of booking. There are no compulsory production costs that you are required to meet in order to fully participate on the course. Students choosing to raise a budget for their film or tv productions are encouraged to crowdfund and seek advice from project supervisors on budgetary matters where applicable.

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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into years two or three 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.

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
  • 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.


97%

of students think the library resources have supported their learning.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: 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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) Film and Television

Media Foundation Year route:

Media Foundation Year

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • POV: Deconstructing the Screen
  • Establishing Shot: Film and TV Genres
  • Television Studio: Factual Production
  • Filming Fiction: Drama Production
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page
  • Close Up: Forms and Industries

Year two

Core units
  • The Critic: Screen Criticism and Creative Analysis
  • Censored Screens: Film and TV Controversies
  • Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice
  • Television Drama: The Pilot
  • Shooting Shorts: Mainstream and Alternative

Options

  • The Cinematographer
  • Crime and Noir
  • Screenwriting
  • The Review: Popular Film and Television Criticism
  • Post-Production: Image and Sound
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • Guerrilla Film-Making
  • Cult Film and TV
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Own Business
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • In Focus: Screening Contemporary Culture
  • Global Screens: The Transmedia Age
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Final Major Project: Dissertation/Screenwriting/Production

Options

  • Acting and Performance 
  • The Director
  • The Time Machine
  • Sex on Screen
  • After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

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

Key figures

74%

Assessment by coursework

26%

Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

Darren Kerr academic profile Darren Kerr Head of Subject View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Course Leader View profile
Terence McSweeney academic profile Terence McSweeney Senior Lecturer View profile
Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Aldridge academic profile Mark Aldridge Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hines academic profile Claire Hines Senior Lecturer View profile
Jonathan Plummer academic profile Jonathan Plummer Senior Lecturer View profile
Stuart Joy academic profile Stuart Joy Associate Lecturer 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.

Facilities

This course gives you access to professional film-making equipment, such as excellent industry-standard production and post-production facilities, including state-of-the-art HD studios with green screen, digital cameras with a wide-range of lenses and investment into 4K technology.

Solent also has a large HD cinema on campus, with 35mm digital projection, surround-sound and 3D technology.

Solent’s media academy also offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to a range of modern film-making equipment including high-definition video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras. Students are also able to access a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.

Solent University’s media academy is home to three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities.

Your future

Roles for graduates include:

  • Festival and event management
  • researching and archiving
  • screen criticism and journalism
  • teaching
  • film and media education
  • arts administration
  • public relations
  • public sector
  • postgraduate study.

90%

of students go on to work and/ or study.

57%

of students are in a professional or managerial job.
  • When I realised that making movies was what I wanted to do, I started working towards achieving that. I experimented with my handy-cam and my loyal friends, making short films at home. My time at Solent University was amazing. I've built up so much confidence and skills, travelled to places I probably never would've otherwise. After finishing my degree, I got a job as a producer for a local video production company.

    Claire Williams, Graduate

Industry links

Production tutors are film-makers, editors, cinematographers, television producers and directors. Research staff actively publish and present in their specialist areas. We will encourage you to produce informed and imaginative written and practical work, and equip you with a wide range of employability skills.

Masterclasses and visiting speakers 
We have a strong visiting-speaker programme which includes masterclasses with industry professionals, as well as field trips to international film festivals, the BBC and Universal Studios. 

Past guest speakers have included:

  • Sir Alan Parker (director: Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Fame, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita, Angela’s Ashes, The Life of David Gale)
  • Michael Apted (director: Coronation Street, Play For Today, the ‘Up’ series, The World Is Not Enough, Rome, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
  • Anne V. Coates (editor: Laurence of Arabia, Erin Brockovich, The Elephant Man, Out of Sight)
  • Julian Unthank (writer: The Bill, Robin Hood)
  • Jeff Taylor (assistant director: Kidulthood, Quantum of Solace, X-Men First Class, World War Z)
  • Brian Tufano (cinematographer: Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, Billy Elliot, Kidulthood, Adulthood)
  • Ray Merrin (sound design: Alien, Batman, Shallow Grave, eXistenz, The Beach, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 28 Days Later)
  • Terry Rawlings (editor: Blade Runner, Legend, Alien 3, GoldenEye, The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Mark Kermode (critic).

In-house industry opportunities 
You will have the opportunity to gain work experience for our in-house production company Solent Productions, creative agency Solent Creatives, broadcasting platform Solent TV and film and television magazine and website Diegesis.

Diegesis magazine 
You will have the unique opportunity to get your writing published in Diegesis, the course-produced film and television magazine, or to join the editorial board. For more information about the magazine, joining the board or writing for Diegesis, visit: www.diegesismagazine.com or email mail@diegesismagazine.com

Southampton Film Week 
The course has strong links with City Eye and is involved in the planning and organisation of Southampton Film Week.

Placements

Work experience opportunities are a fundamental part of the degree. They are embedded in both core and optional units, and are also widely available as extra-curricular activities.

Recent examples include:

  • Working with CityEye to assist in the organisation and management of Southampton Film Week
  • Filming at Glastonbury, Glade and Bestival music festivals
  • Filming and promotional work at Cowes Week, Isle of Wight
  • Producing a promotional DVD for a local NHS specialist care unit
  • Producing content for Solent TV and the Community Channel.

Graduate stories

Matt's story

Matt Bright - Freelance floor manager and assistant director for broadcast TV

Matt currently works as a floor manager for various TV companies and shows.

“Probably the biggest show I’ve worked on is the BAFTA-winning The Great British Bake Off. I started floor-managing the series nearly four years ago and have worked on three main series, three celebrity specials and Junior Bake Off. I always wanted to be a floor manager since working in the studios at university,” Matt said. “I really enjoyed the practical aspects of the course; from filming on location to working inside a fully functional TV studio.

“There were so many extracurricular opportunities, too; my personal highlight was working as director of the Dance Tent at Glastonbury Festival. It taught me so much, working with industry professionals, and it was the reason I got my first role in TV – I have Solent University to thank for that.

“If I had to give any advice to people wanting to get into TV, it would be to gain as much experience as possible while at university, help out on any university projects, and get in contact with local studios or production companies – as a runner you’ll learn every single aspect of the industry.

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