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About the course

With a wide range of high-end film equipment, a passionate teaching team and a reputation for producing well-rounded graduates, film production at Southampton Solent University will help prepare you for life as a film production professional.

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.

Students studying in the School of Media Arts and Technology can benefit from a schedule high calibre of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent talks have been given by 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).

Think a career in film production might be for you? Immerse yourself in the culture of film, access our high-end facilities and work with experienced industry professionals who will help you develop a critical understanding of this modern art form.

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

Students learn the full production process, from directing and production to scriptwriting, editing and sound design.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to a range of industry roles, including researcher, marketing manager, film agency manager, video director, script developer, digital imaging technician, editing assistant and film director. Companies that our graduates have gone on to include Sprout Pictures, Unitbase, the BBC, Harbour Lights Cinema and Renegade.

Who is this course for?

BA (Hons) Film Production is well suited to students with a background in media production or general media studies.

Candidates often aspire to hands-on creative industry roles including creative direction, screenwriting, audio production, camera operation, cinematography, or freelance production.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 313P
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P31P
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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
International full-time fees: £11,000 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.

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.

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 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

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

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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years 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.

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.


90%

Of students think staff are good at explaining things.

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.

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, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Film Forms and Aesthetics
  • Mapping Your Industry
  • Film Production Skills: Digital Cinematography
  • The Shoot
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page
  • Film Production Skills: Post-Production

Year two

Core units
  • Crafting the Scene
  • Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice
  • Cinematic Documentary: Politics and Practice
  • The Promo
  • Fiction and Beyond

Options

  • Colour Correction and Grading
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • Intermediate Editing
  • Sound Production
  • Intermediate Screenwriting
  • Model Your Business
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 1
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Final Major Project: Production
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Film Marketing and Distribution

Options

  • Advanced Editing
  • Advanced Digital Cinematography
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Client at Solent Productions
  • Collaborative Music Project at Solent Productions
  • Post-Production Sound
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 2
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Collaborative Music Projects at Solent Productions
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions

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

Key figures

86%

Assessment by coursework

14%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

David Alamouti academic profile David Alamouti Course Leader View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
David Burden academic profile David Burden Senior Lecturer View profile
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Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Senior Lecturer View profile
Jonathan Plummer academic profile Jonathan Plummer Senior Lecturer View profile
Tony Steyger academic profile Tony Steyger Principal 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

Students will have access to industry-standard equipment for digital film-making, alongside Solent’s digital studios and student-run 3D cinema to show student films and the latest commercial releases. Solent boasts a comprehensive range of modern film-making equipment, ranging from high-definition (HD) video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits. Investment into 4K technology has begun, allowing students to enjoy professional-quality equipment.

Solent have a long history of providing work experience opportunities to film and media technology students. Students have previously had the opportunity to work at music festivals including Glastonbury, Boardmasters and Truck Fest.

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:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Cinematographer for established media companies or running your own production company. 

90%

Of students go on to work and/ or study.

57%

Of students are in a professional or managerial job.

Industry links

The course team has close ties to City Eye and Southampton film week, and you’ll have access to a varied programme of masterclasses and high-profile guest speakers.

Previous speakers have included: Paul Smith, executive producer of Slumdog Millionaire; Tom Rolf, editor on Taxi Driver and Heat; Anne Coates, Oscar-winning editor on Lawrence of Arabia; Frances Parker, editor on Game of Thrones; Sir Alan Parker, director; David Gamble, editor on Shakespeare in Love; Michael Apted, director of Prince Caspian and Gorillas in the Mist; Brian Tufano, cinematographer on Shallow Grave and Trainspotting; Paul Franklin, visual effects on The Dark Knight and Inception.

Placements

You will have the opportunity to work with external clients through our in-house creative and video production agencies, Solent Creatives and Solent Productions. Previous work placements have included:

  • Glastonbury festival 
  • Bestival
  • the NHS
  • Southampton Airport 
  • various charity organisations
  • Community Channel. 

Further study

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