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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 the 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, 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

Teaching is handled by a team of academics with extensive experience in the film and television industries. Expertise include critical analysis, production, directing and screenwriting.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to find roles at organisations including the BBC, Endemol, Warner Bros, Fox London, The Coast 106, Talkback Thames, Aquarius Sound and Company Pictures.

Graduate roles have included camera operator and video editor, film-maker, media runner, freelance film-maker.

Who is this course for?

Film at Solent is tuned for students who aspire to careers in direction, production, screenwriting, casting, post production, publishing or criticism. Students don’t necessarily have to have an academic background in film. There is an even split between practical and theory based learning. 

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

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.
  • 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: 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 follow the link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

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
  • Film as Industry
  • Digital Film Production
  • Exploring Film History
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page
  • Cinematography: Designing Mise-en-Scene

Year two

Core units
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice
  • Documentary Film-Making
  • Spectacular Cinema
  • Signature Film-Making


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

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

Year three

Core units
  • Contemporary Film Culture
  • Cinefantastic: Dreams and Nightmares
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Final Major Project: Dissertation/Screenwriting/Production


  • 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.


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
Mark Aldridge academic profile Mark Aldridge Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hines academic profile Claire Hines Senior Lecturer View profile
Terence McSweeney academic profile Terence McSweeney Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Stephen Desmond academic profile Stephen Desmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Tony Steyger academic profile Tony Steyger Principal 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.


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.

The curriculum is built around practical insights into the film industry and culture, focusing on technical film production, screenwriting and film as an industry.

Your future

Your work on the course will provide you with relevant and up-to-date industry and interpersonal skills, ensuring that you’re ready for graduate employment. Involvement in live briefs, industry research, different types of writing and presentation experience, as well as bespoke career advice, will enable you to feel fully 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.
  • 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 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).

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with external clients via Solent Creatives, our marketing and design agency. Solent Productions provides annual opportunities for you to work on events and festivals, including Glastonbury, Blissfields and university conferences. We also organise field trips to film festivals in the UK and worldwide.


You will have the opportunity to work with external clients through Solent Creatives and Solent Productions (our in-house production company and agency). The degree also has links with Southampton Film Week, an annual event partnered by City Eye and Screen South.

Further study

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

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