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BA (Hons)Film Production

3 years
2023
UCAS code:
313P
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
112-128
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Build the right skills, and develop your talent, and your portfolio to break into the film industry. Our high-end kit, and industry connections provide the ingredients for a successful career.

  • 83% overall satisfaction for teaching, (NSS 2022). 
  • 89% of students felt they were able to contact staff when they needed to, (NSS 2022).
  • Extensive professional-grade media equipment available. Giving you free access to a range of modern filmmaking equipment including industry-standard cinema cameras and lenses, professional lighting equipment and high-end audio equipment.
  • Solent Productions and Solent TV, our in-house production agencies, enable you to gain a wide range of work experience for your professional showreel. With established links with industry including ITV, the BBC, Talent TV, Glastonbury and Creamfields.
  • Masterclasses with industry professionals and high-profile guest speakers. Previous speakers have included actor Maisie Williams, editor Tom Rolf, director Michael Apted, cinematographer Brian Tufano, and Oscar-winning visual effects specialist Paul Franklin.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus. Meaning all students have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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

The making of a film is a very complex art form requiring a variety of skills and expertise including creativity, passion, commitment, technical expertise, team working, vision, and research skills. This degree gives you the opportunities to develop these specialist skills through a creative, practical yet academic curriculum built on real-world film production practices.

You will be supported to develop a range of filmmaking knowledge across key roles including writing, directing, cinematography, sound, editing and producing, whilst also having the chance to specialise in some of the key creative roles involved in the making of films. You will also have the opportunity to produce many short films and a final year graduation film, all designed to put your knowledge into practice.

Your core knowledge will also be complemented by modules in Film Marketing and Fundraising, which will help you to learn how to raise money for your films and distribute them to festivals and beyond.

Solent's media academy is a hub for creative students, 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.

This degree will equip you with the core skills and knowledge to be a better filmmaker, to understand cinema critically and creatively, and to be challenged and grow as an individual.

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

BA (Hons) Film Production is ideally suited to students who have a flair and passion for telling stories with images, enjoy challenges, and who want to learn how to make better cinematic films.

A background in filmmaking is not necessary, however some experience of what filmmaking entails, and experience of being involved in making a film (however short) would be advantageous.

What does this course lead to?

Our recent graduates have gone into a variety of exciting roles with major industry players such as Warner Brothers and Endemol, and have worked in various roles on big blockbusters – some have also gone into formatting of TV shows such as Big Brother. Other graduates have gone on to form their own independent production companies and produce all kinds of films from commercials, documentaries to indie-shorts and features.

Some students finish the degree and decide that a career in film isn’t for them, however thanks to the key transferable skills that are embedded throughout, these students are able to explore a career in areas as diverse as; arts management, business, teaching, marketing, graphics, VFX and music production.

Meet the team

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

Throughout your studies you will have access to industry-standard equipment for digital film-making, alongside Solent’s digital studios and a student-run 3D cinema with Dolby Atmos to show student films. You will learn on a variety of professional level cameras ranging from the Blackmagic Ursa Minis, Sony F5s through the Arria Alexa. You will also be taught editing on three industry standard platforms- FCPX, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer. We also have a fully spec’d drama studio that can be used to build film sets, as well as a grading and post-production sound suite.

And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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