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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 Solent University will help prepare you for life as a film production professional.

Solent University’s Media and Film Studies subject area was ranked 15th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

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.

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

There will be opportunities to gain industry standard accreditations on platforms like Pro Tools, Avid and more.

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.

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.

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 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 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 2021/22 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

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • 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.
  • 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 click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Foundation Year in Media route:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Intro to Cinematography
    Take control of the moving images you create. Learn the foundations of the cinematographer’s art – Exposure, composition, colour, focal lengths, lighting, focus pulling and a range of other creative and technical skills.
  • Intro to Editing
    Explore the film editor as both technician and storyteller, and get hands-on experience with Premiere Pro and Final Cut – as well as best professional practice as part of the postproduction workflow. 
  • Film Language
    Learn to analyse and contextualise the complex relationship between content and form in cinema, exploring its essential grammar – studying not just cuts and camera movement but learning to understand the meaning they create.
  • Screenwriting from Pitch to Page
    Master the essentials of screenwriting, from how to format a script professionally (and how to get it read) to the fundamentals of narrative and story structure for short– and long-form cinema.
  • The Shoot
    The film set is a dynamic working environment, requiring teamwork, organisation, planning and problem-solving skills. Get practical experience in the inter-departmental and peer collaboration that enables efficient, safe and professional productions.
  • Film Contexts
    Get to grips with the notion of what cinema is, and what it could be. Expand your cinematic practice and horizons, exploring critical ideas from the avant-garde to issues of gender, sexuality and race.

Year two

Core modules
  • Cinematic Documentary
    From concept to exhibition, this module explores key historical, practical and production processes of documentary, and considers various political, aesthetic and ethical issues along with the impact of new technologies.
  • Crafting the Scene
    Explore the role and responsibilities of each Head of Department (Production Designer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist/Designer and Editor) during the three stages of production: Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.
  • Film Methods
    Discover your own approach to film production. Engage with great directors and movements through the history of cinema, and explore the impact that their methodologies had on the films they made.
  • The Promo
    Promos, teasers and trailers are a potential source of income and employment throughout your career. Explore the evolving landscape of the ‘promo film’, along with practical and professional skills to complement your creativity. 
  • Intermediate Major Projects
    Combining the creative, technical and theoretical knowledge you have developed so far, you will engage in the creation of an emotionally impactful and technically proficient short film on this dry run for your final major project.

Options

  • Intermediate Post-Production
    Hone your editing craft on more ambitious projects, explore specialist roles such as DIT, location and post-production sound, and get hands-on with new techniques and software, including Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve.
  • Intermediate Production 
    Specialise in cinematography or directing and develop next-level skills, from complex choreography and blocking to supporting story/character beats through conscious cinematography choice, from working with actors to directorial methods and techniques.
  • Intermediate Research and Writing
    Develop your writing and research skills, through the initial concept and proposal through to primary and secondary research, planning, draft and finishing. Explore narrative, character, plot, setting, dialogue, conflict and other story fundamentals.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP)
    How to promote yourself to a potential employer? This module will help you recognise skills gained across studies and extra-curricular activity, assemble a portfolio, and develop essential tools to shape your future career.
  • Film Funding and Distribution
    Learn to mount a marketing and distribution campaign for your films, using traditional and new digital methods to raise awareness, secure production funds, and ensure that your work is seen as widely as possible.
  • Final Major Project 1
    Take the first steps towards realising your most ambitious and meaningful filmmaking project yet, supported by a hands-on supervisor/producer to develop your idea and help guide your project from inception to pre-production.
  • Final Major Project 2
    Working as a creative team and supported by your supervisor, take your planned short fiction, documentary or experimental film and bring it to life – all the way through pre-production, production, post-production and delivery. 

Options

  • Advanced Editing
    Learn to edit in the film industry’s leading NLE platform, Avid Media Composer. Refine your fiction editing skills through hands-on practice. And advance your understanding of the complex subtleties of documentary editing.
  • Advanced Cinematography
    Explore complex cinematography techniques, develop the specialised knowledge and understanding to provide efficient, effective solutions, and form a creative lighting and shooting style tailored to the emotional and narrative requirements of your project.
  • Advanced Sound
    Learn the fundamentals of sound – a crucial part of filmmaking. Learn to think about sound in a creative, dynamic way, explore theory and mixing, and expand your knowledge into creative sound design. 
  • Advanced Directing
    Find your own voice as a director. Develop your personal approach and aesthetic vision, exploring both planning and creative conceptual responsibilities – working with actors, misè-en-scene, blocking, pacing and more.

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Meet the course team

Darren Kerr academic profile Darren Kerr Head of Subject View profile
David Alamouti academic profile David Alamouti Course Leader View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Stephen Desmond academic profile Stephen Desmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Jonathan Plummer academic profile Jonathan Plummer Senior Lecturer View profile
Nicholas Nazari academic profile Nicholas Nazari Senior Lecturer View profile
Terence McSweeney academic profile Terence McSweeney Senior Lecturer View profile
Stuart Joy academic profile Stuart Joy 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

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 CC, 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.

Employability is at the heart of the degree- giving you opportunities to gain work experience, work on real-world live briefs via Solent Creatives and productions, and set yourself up for the world of work. You also get expert career advice from current practitioners who work in the industry and understand its specific demands. 

Your future

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 upon graduation.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

Cinematography department:

  • Cinematographer
  • 1st AC
  • Clapper Loader

Sound department:

  • Boom operator
  • Sound recordist

Editing department:

  • Picture editor
  • Assistant picture editor
  • Post-production runner

Post-sound department: 

  • Sound designer
  • Mixer
  • Sound editor
  • Foley artist

Production roles:

  • Production manager
  • 1st / 2nd / 3rd AD
  • Production assistant
  • Runner
  • Producer, assistant producer
  • Director
  • Runner/PA
  • DIT

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: Maisie Williams Game of Thrones; Paul Smith, executive producer of Slumdog Millionaire; Tom Rolf, editor on Taxi Driver and Heat; Frances Parker, editor on Game of Thrones; 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

The course offers many opportunities for work experience to hone your practical skills in a professional setting. Recent examples include working with CityEye to assist in the organisation and management of the annual Southampton Film Week, filming at Glastonbury and other summer music festivals, creating promotional videos for local charities, and paid placements at Diegesis magazine.

Critical reflections on professional development and work experience opportunities are credited as part of the assessment for the third year unit Professional Practice Portfolio.  

Guidance and advice in finding suitable work experience is provided on this unit, as well as in termly course meetings and individual progress tutorials from the first year onwards. Support is also available from the University’s careers service, Solent Futures.  

Students also have the opportunity to gain work experience through Solent Creatives and Solent Productions, the university’s in-house creative agency and production company, which help source work experience opportunities (paid and unpaid). 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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