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About the course

With its unique blend of critical studies and creative practice, Solent’s highly regarded film and television undergraduate degree will provide you with the skills you need to become part of an exciting and ever-changing industry.

Through a combination of weekly lectures, seminars, screenings and workshops taught by internationally renowned academics and award-winning filmmakers, you will interrogate the ways in which films and television programmes are made and watched around the world.

During the first year, you will study units that address the building blocks of screen language, genre analysis, screenwriting and production management, working on individual projects as well as collaborating in groups to make short films and television content.

In the second year, you will interrogate the relationship between representation and identity through screen criticism and in practice, across fiction and documentary, exploring the role of audiences in film and television consumption and employing creative approaches to short film design.

During the final year, you will explore career pathways with units designed to focus on enhancing employability and transferable skills as well as the evolving globalised nature of production, distribution and exhibition practices in the transmedia age. These units will be accompanied by one-to-one supervision in a final year project, which can either be a dissertation, film or screenplay.

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to use our cutting-edge production equipment, studio facilities and edit suites based in the University’s media academy. 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.

Thanks to the course teams close links with local, regional and national media industries, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a range of real-world learning opportunities such as workshops and masterclasses led by visiting media professionals including recognised film directors, exhibitors, writers, distributors, exhibitors and journalists.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

You will be supported across your time with us with individual and cohort termly progress meetings with a personal tutor and access to our excellent student support, wellbeing and disability services.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates can pursue careers in a range of film, television and media production roles; or use their transferable skills to pursue roles in education, design, publishing, PR, marketing, advertising and events management, among others. Previous graduates have also gone on to set-up successful production companies or become freelancers.

Alumni have worked with a range of organisations including; BBC, ITV, Sky, Warner Bros, Disney, Ignition, Global Radio, Absolute Post, Fox, Channel 4, Optomen, JOE Media, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Premier League Productions, Microsoft and Digital Cinema Media.

Who is this course for?

Solent's film and television degree is ideally suited to students who are passionate about film and television and want to become well equipped with the critical, practical, technical and creative skills that span both subjects and industries. 

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 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 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.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

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

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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Foundation Year in Media route:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core units
  • The Critic: Screen Criticism and Creative Analysis
  • Brief Encounters: The Art and Craft of Short Film
  • Access All Areas? Documenting Society
  • The Pilot: Television Drama and Beyond
  • Beyond the Screen: Engaging Contemporary Audiences

Options

  • Intermediate Cinematography
  • Intermediate Directing
  • Intermediate Sound
  • Intermediate Editing
  • Intermediate Screenwriting
  • The Independent Researcher

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

Year three

Core units
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • In Focus: Screening Contemporary Culture
  • Global Screens: The Transmedia Age
  • Final Major Project: Research and Preparation
  • Final Major Project

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

Students' work

Meet the course team

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

During your studies you will be taught in and have access to several specialist production spaces, including a dedicated, acoustically-treated film studio that can be reconfigured as required for set building and filming, three high-definition multi-camera studios complete with broadcast standard equipment (including one of the largest HD facilities in the south of England), an immersive green-screen area, a variety of post-production spaces and specialist edit booths connected to a high-speed fibre network. Solent also has a digital 3D cinema with professional 2k projector and Dolby Atmos sound system.

Once trained, you will also have the opportunity to book and hire equipment via our specialist media production store. 

Solent is also home to world-class media facilities including a digital 3D Dolby Atmos cinema, specialist editing suites, three high-definition television studios (including one of the largest HD facilities in the south of England with capacity for 200 seated audience members), an immersive green screen area, and a range of radio and music production facilities.

Your future

This course will equip you with the skills to pursue graduate level employment across a wide range of roles. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Videographer
  • Camera operator
  • Freelance filmmaker
  • Film/video editor
  • Film/television/video producer
  • Line producer
  • Vision mixer
  • Location manager
  • Programme/content researcher
  • Script supervisor
  • Continuity editor
  • Festival coordinator/programmer
  • Film booker
  • Film events coordinator
  • 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

The academic team is made up of active filmmakers and creative practitioners who bring a wealth of experience and networks to the curriculum and there are regular opportunities to work on live client briefs both within and beyond the curriculum.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry, there is the opportunity for a variety of visiting speaker and masterclass programmes from a diverse number of industry guests. The visiting speaker programme is refreshed annually, but recent speakers have included; Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Paul Franklin (Batman Begins, Inception), Terry Rawlings (Alien, Blade Runner), Jan Harlan (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket), Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Trilogy), Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Masters of Sex), Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Croupier), Fay Rusling (Green Wing, Smack the Pony), Alan Parker (The Commitments, Bugsy Malone), Dave Calhoun (Time Out).

250+ students and graduates have also had their work (writing, video essays, photography) published in Diegesis magazine, which is produced by staff and students in the film department, and published in print and online. 50+ students and graduates have also taken on editorial roles and responsibilities, including three paid internships.

Placements

Throughout the course there are regular work experience opportunities available as part of the curriculum, and critical reflections on professional development and work experience are credited as part of the assessment for the third year Professional Practice Portfolio unit.

Guidance and advice in finding suitable work experience is provided on this unit, as well as in termly course meetings and individual progress tutorials from the first year onwards. Support is also available from the University’s career service Solent Futures.

Students also have the chance to gain work experience through Solent Creatives the University’s creative agency, and Solent Productions the University’s production company - which help source work experience opportunities (paid and unpaid).

Other recent examples include:

  • Working with CityEye to assist in the organisation and management of the annual Southampton Film Week.
  • Filming at Glastonbury, Glade and Teddy Rocks music festivals.
  • Creating promotional videos for local charities.
  • Paid placements at Diegesis magazine.

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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