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About the course

Do you dream of working in the film industry in either creative or support roles? Solent University’s film programme is one of a few in the UK to combine critical awareness of film theory and history with practical skills in digital film-making and screenwriting, helping to give you a head start in a number of creative roles.

BA (Hons) Film scored 100% overall satisfaction for NSS 2019.

Taught by practising experts, you’ll have access to professional high-definition digital film-making equipment in our state-of-the-art media academy and be taught by an experienced team of industry professionals.

Solent University’s Media Academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, with 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 Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Solent Creatives is our on-campus creative marketing agency, providing Solent students with the opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects. Film students are invited to pitch for paid work, giving them the chance to gain valuable work experience, build a professional showreel and meet industry contacts. 

Students are also encouraged to write critical pieces for Diegesis, Solent’s student-led film and TV analysis magazine. This helps students to graduate with a portfolio of published written work, perfect for supplementing a showreel.

Solent has an established history of providing work experience opportunities for students throughout the summer. Previous students have worked in a variety of technical production and crew roles at festivals including Glastonbury, Truck Fest, Boardmasters and Bestival.

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
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
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Solent is home to world-class equipment and media facilities including a Dolby Atmos cinema, fully equipped editing suites and a selection of modern production studios.

What does this course lead to?

Career skills are embedded throughout every level of study, and you will be supported to develop the key relevant and up-to-date industry and interpersonal skills ready for graduate employment. Involvement in live briefs, industry research, varied writing, presentation experience and bespoke careers advice will enable you to feel confident to enter a wide variety of professions within the creative industries.

Suitable roles for graduates include: film director, producer, casting director, editor, film critic, advertising director, arts administrator, public relations executive, publisher, copywriter, teacher.

Who is this course for?

BA (Hons) Film is designed for students who aspire to careers in direction, production, screenwriting, casting, post-production, publishing, criticism, or teaching. Applicants do not necessarily need an academic background in film.

The course offers flexibility in the split between creative practice and critical theory based learning, depending on option choices and assessment modes selected. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W610
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year WW61
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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 film festival trip: £1,000

Year two:
Optional film festival trip: £1,000

Year three:
Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional film festival trip: £1,000

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.
  • 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 follow the link below to apply through UCAS:

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Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Media Foundation Year route:

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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.

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Framing Film
  • Making Meaning: Questions of Film Authorship
  • Introduction to Film Production
  • Representation Matters
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page
  • Creative Visions: Cinematography and Mise-en-Scene

Year two

Core units
  • Spectacular Cinema: Vision – Power
  • Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Cinefantastic: Dreams and Nightmares
  • Signature Filmmaking

Options

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

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

Year three

Core units
  • Contemporary Film Culture
  • The Time Image
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • 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

Meet the course team

Darren Kerr academic profile Darren Kerr Head of Subject View profile
Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Course Leader View profile
David Alamouti academic profile David Alamouti Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Aldridge academic profile Mark Aldridge Senior Lecturer View profile
Stephen Desmond academic profile Stephen Desmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hines academic profile Claire Hines Senior Lecturer View profile
Stuart Joy academic profile Stuart Joy Senior Lecturer View profile
Terence McSweeney academic profile Terence McSweeney Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Marco Granese academic profile Marco Granese 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 production and post- production film-making equipment and facilities, including state-of-the-art HD studios with green-screen technology, as well as fibre-optic editing facilities.

Solent boasts a comprehensive range of modern film-making and photography equipment, ranging from HD video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses, as well as investments in professional-quality 4K technology.

We also have a large student-run cinema on campus, with 35mm digital projection, surround-sound and 3D technology.

A distinctive degree that results in graduates who are critically and culturally informed creative practitioners, who can choose from a wide variety of career destinations, including the creative industries, postgraduate education, and teaching. 

Your future

Graduates from this degree will be well prepared for their future careers. Suitable roles include:

  • Editor (copy-editing, editing, production editor, editorial manager, commissioning editor)
  • Location manager
  • Unit manager
  • Producer
  • Line producer
  • Production manager
  • Production coordinator
  • Production designer
  • Camera operator
  • Camera assistant
  • Casting director
  • Vision mixer
  • Pursuing postgraduate study or training (Master’s, PhD, specialist qualification)
  • Teaching and education (primary, secondary, community, FE, HE)
  • Writing (journalism, copywriting)
  • With research-active academics, tutors who work in the industry and industry-standard equipment, the film course really helps you to prepare for a career in film.

    Emma Romsey, Graduate

  • The film course at Solent has set me up very well for my future career. I would highly recommend this course for the variety of practical and theoretical subjects and areas covered, and the excellent teaching and support given to me by the tutors.

    Kate Harnett, Graduate

Industry links

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

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with external clients via Solent Creatives, our marketing and design agency. Our in-house film production agency Solent Productions also provides annual opportunities for you to apply to work on events and festivals, including Glastonbury, Teddy Rocks and university conferences.

Placements

Students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience with our in-house production company Solent Productions, creative agency Solent Creatives, broadcasting platform Solent TV and film and television magazine Diegesis. The degree also has links with Southampton Film Week, an annual event partnered by City Eye and Screen South.

Graduate stories

Emma's story

Emma Pullen - BA (Hons) Film graduate

Throughout my uni experience I had some big ups and downs but the one thing that got me through was how much I loved the BA (Hons) Film course.

I loved that the idea of theory into practice really shone throughout the structure of the course, which allowed for a broad and in-depth study of films and filmmaking.

The course also allowed opportunity to work with the other two film courses at Solent. The course builds your understanding of film and who you are as a filmmaker progressively through each year.

The support the BA Film lecturers provide is top notch and you can tell that they truly care about their subject and their students.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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