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About the course

Do you dream of working on productions on both the big and small screen? Solent’s one-year film and television top-up degree programme will help you build on your existing skills and qualifications to gain a full honours degree.

You’ll be encouraged to produce informed and imaginative written and practical work to equip you with a wide range of skills essential for a career in the film and television industry.

Working in broadcast-standard HD digital television studios, students have the opportunity to make short fictional and documentary films to gain substantial experience of moving image production.

Alongside the production modules, the course covers critical theory, which encourages students to become critical thinkers and creative practitioners, helping them to inform and develop their work.

Studies are supported by a guest speaker programme, and past students have enjoyed talks from high-profile guest speakers including Oscar and BAFTA award-winning directors, producers, actors, editors and cinematographers.

Students previously studying on the film and television top-up programme have had the opportunity to get involved with outside broadcasting and filming opportunities through the University, at events such as Glastonbury Festival and Cowes Week. Solent’s creative agency, Solent Creatives, and media agency, Solent Productions, also provide opportunities to work with external clients on live briefs.

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
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Teaching is delivered by an academic team who are experts in their fields, including screenwriting, producing and directing.

What does this course lead to?

Graduate destinations include national and international companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Warner Bros, Fox London, The Coast 106, Talkback Thames, Aquarius Sound, Company Pictures and Solent Productions. Sample roles include camera operator, marketing executive, editor and production runner.

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the ideal way for students with a relevant qualification at HND level to earn a full honours degree in just one year. Students should be passionate about media and proficient in a range of production techniques.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 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:

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.

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

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent)

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • 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: 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.

Please click on the link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Television Studio
  • Global Screens: The Transmedia Age
  • Final Major Project: Production/Dissertation/Script


  • Acting and Performance 
  • The Director
  • The Time Machine
  • Contemporary British Film
  • Sex on Screen
  • After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture
  • Cine-Extreme: The Cultural Politics of Transgression
  • The Musical
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice

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


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

Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy 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.


To aid study, students have free access to the University’s multi-million-pound media academy which boasts industry standard production and post production facilities, including state of the art HD studios with green screen. 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. Investment in 4K technology has begun, allowing students to enjoy the same equipment as professional film-makers.

Solent is also home to a large student-run cinema on campus, with 4K digital projection, surround-sound and 3D technology.

Students on the film and television top-up programme can have the opportunity to build on their experience with our student-run online TV channel, Solent TV.

Your future

You will be prepared for a career in television, film and other creative industries, either within large organisations or your own independent company. 

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Festival and events management
  • Researching and archiving
  • Screen criticism and journalism
  • Teaching 
  • Film and media education
  • Arts administration
  • Public relations
  • Public sector. 

Industry links

Our teaching team has extensive industry and practical experience. Production tutors are film-makers, editors, cinematographers, television producers and directors. They will encourage you to produce informed and imaginative written and practical work, and equip you with the wide range of employability skills essential for a career in the industry.

You will have the opportunity to take part in outside broadcasting and filming opportunities at events such as Glastonbury and Cowes Week. You can also work with external clients via Solent Creatives, the University’s media agency, and Solent Productions, the University’s production unit.

The School of Media Arts and Technology benefits from a large range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included 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).

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