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About the course

Would you like to work behind the scenes in the film or television industry? This hands-on film and television production degree explores the mechanics of film and TV broadcasting, helping to equip you with the essential expertise you’ll need to succeed.

Students studying film and television production technology will spend much of their time using our industry standard media facilities. These include a HD outside broadcast vehicle, multitrack music recording studios, radio and television production studios, editing suites, video laboratories and a 3D cinema.

Students are then given the chance to apply the practical skills that they have learnt by taking part in work experience opportunities and live client briefs. Past students have worked on live broadcasts for the BBC, Glastonbury, Butserfest and Truck festival. Southampton Solent also benefits from strong links with the BBC, ITV, Arqiva, Ericsson, Global Media and various independent production companies

The academic team is made up of practitioners from a variety of industry backgrounds. In previous years, their network of contacts have provided further potential employment opportunities and work placements to students.

Students are also encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills throughout their degree. These include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

The programme provides students with regular opportunities to practice the technical skills that they have learnt. Past students have supported the production of the BBC’s Children in Need, the departure of the QE2, and the broadcast of various live music events.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have gone on to work as a vision engineer at Arena OB, broadcast technician at Shooting Partners and vision engineer at CTV Outside Broadcast they have had roles with Visions, SiS, F1, Bloomberg, Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington studios, ITV, the BBC and more.

Who is this course for?

This course will suit technically-minded individuals who wish to learn and use the production technology behind films and the programmes aired on television. The high practical content of the course will suit those who want to gain hands-on experience.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The 2018/19 international fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels excluding General Studies or Key Skills, including a minimum Grade C, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year.

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.


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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Core skills
  • Signals and sources
  • Physics of light and sound
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Computing fundamentals
  • Video production techniques

Year two

Core units
  • Managing projects
  • Media formats
  • Video systems
  • Television operations
  • Live event technology

Options

  • Audio systems
  • Sound design

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

Year three

Core units
  • Media technology project
  • Broadcast distribution technologies
  • Event management

Options

  • Cinema technologies
  • Audio post-production
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Broadcast systems design
  • Formats and workflow

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

Meet the course team

Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Head of Subject View profile
Polly Long academic profile Polly Long Course Leader View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh Senior Lecturer View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro 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

BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production Technology students have access to all the facilities and resources available within Southampton Solent University and the Entertainment Technology Centre, including: 5 multitrack music recording studios, 4 radio studios, a video 5.1 surround dubbing studio, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, 2 multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a full 5.1 equipped high-definition multi-camera outside broadcast TV vehicle. There is also a wide range of location equipment for recording and live events.

Members of the course teaching team have had extensive experience in the industry and maintain their network of industry contacts and students are given the opportunity to showcase their final year projects at an end of year degree show.

Your future

On graduating you will be well placed to work in outside broadcast in film, television, radio or the facilities industry, finding positions such as camera operators/trainees, vision mixers, sound recorders/mixers/assistants or junior broadcast engineers.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Production manager
  • Broadcast/location operations 
  • Distribution management
  • Freelance production/journalism
  • Specialist filming
  • Camera operations.

Industry links

The course has strong links with media technology companies such as Arqiva, Ericsson, CISCO, EVS and Dolby, providing potential employment opportunities for graduates and live projects to help improve your employability.

Placements

Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with the technical production of local and national events. Recent highlights include: BBC Children in Need; Southampton Solent University’s graduation and fashion events; Olympic sailing from Weymouth for the BBC; the departure of the QE2; and collaboration with the BBC at numerous events, including the New Forest Show, and Glastonbury, Truck and Butserfest music festivals.

Past students have also obtained valuable placements with companies such as Dolby, or worked on the production of an internet TV channel for IBC in Amsterdam.

Further study

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