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About the course

Have you got a passion for making great media content? Are you keen to develop your media production skills within a global context? With industry standard facilities, a highly experienced teaching team and an emphasis on international media practice, Southampton Solent’s international media production course can help you realise your career ambitions.

Solent University’s international media production degree positions and frames the production of media content (whether audio, video or photography) within an international context. The course is deliberately broad in scope, allowing students the opportunity to explore a number of areas and develop a wide set of sought-after skills.

The production elements of the course allow students to develop and hone their skills in video, photographic and audio production - particularly in the area of documentary. Students start by working in all three production mediums, with the opportunity to specialise in their final year.

In addition to developing students’ technical skills, the curriculum explores media from an international and comparative perspective. Students discover the ways in which forces associated with globalisation are shaping and reshaping the global media landscape, as well as the way in which technological, social, political and cultural change is impacting on the notion of media work in different places and spaces.

The course places great emphasis on employability and to test their skills, students are expected to work on a live client brief, which takes place abroad. Students must also undertake 100 hours of relevant work experience during their degree, and although they are not expected to secure placements outside of the UK, they are encouraged to think internationally in terms of the work placements they undertake.

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

Students have the opportunity to develop skills across three different production mediums: digital video production, digital photography, audio production (radio and sound design).

What does this course lead to?

The course helps prepare students for a career in various roles within the creative industries, particularly the media and culture industries.  

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates may choose to progress onto our MA Film Production course to develop their skills further.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s international media production degree is ideal for students who want to gain practical, hands-on media production skills, whilst exploring influences on media from an international perspective.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year 31P9
  • 3 Years Standard Entry 3P10
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

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:

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

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
  • 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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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.

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BA (Hons) International Media Production

Foundation Year in Media route:

Foundation Year in Media

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Photographic Production: Form and Composition
  • Audio Production: Craft and Process
  • Video Production: Craft and Process
  • Editing and Post-Production
  • Producing I: Telling Stories
  • Globalisation

Year two

Core units

  • Producing II: Research and Markets
  • The Changing Face of Global Media
  • Professional Practice: Producing for a Client (IMP Variant)
  • Developing an International Documentary
  • Working in an International Context I

Options

  • Documentary Video
  • Documentary Audio
  • Documentary Photography

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

Year three

Core units

  • Working in an International Context II
  • Developing an Online Presence 
  • Work Experience
  • Major Project
  • Major Project: Research and Development

Options

  • The Promotional Video
  • The Essay Film
  • The Staged Photograph
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • Social Media Marketing for Media Producers

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

Meet the course team

Russell White academic profile Russell White Head of Subject View profile
Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Course Leader View profile
Roy Hanney academic profile Roy Hanney Senior Lecturer View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Joyce academic profile Mark Joyce Senior Lecturer View profile
Steve Hogg academic profile Steve Hogg Associate Lecturer View profile
John Thursfield academic profile John Thursfield 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.

Facilities

Students on this course have full access to the University's multi-million-pound media academy which boasts industry-standard facilities. These include:

Video:

  • Cameras: Canon C100s Mark 2, Panasonic 151s, a range of crop and full frame DSLRs,
  • Lenses: Full range of Canon L series lenses.
  • Lighting: access to Dedolight kits plus specialist lighting equipment.
  • Editing: access to Premiere Pro, Final Cut X and Avid.

Radio / audio:

  • 8 radio studios each equipped with three condenser microphones and two computers which have Adobe Audition installed for editing and recording. 
  • Students can also access Zoom H4n portable disc recorders and a variety of microphones for different applications. 
  • All of our Macs have Audition installed which they can access.

Photography

  • Various Canon and Nikon cameras including 5D Mark 2
  • Various Canon and Nikon lenses
  • Flash kits including Metz flash guns
  • Portable lighting kits
  • Bowens studio lighting
  • Tripods

Students on this course have full access to the University’s multi-million-pound media academy which boasts industry-standard facilities including green screen studios, post-production suites, and a range of audio production facilities.

The academy’s post-production facilities also feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe Creative Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Video photographic and audio content creation
  • Social media production roles
  • Junior producer or assistant producer
  • Film-making and production
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Postgraduate study

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of students go on to work and/or study

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of students feel the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well

Industry links

Students will also benefit from the full panoply of wraparound activities that the School of Media Arts and Technology offers. The School has an extensive guest speaker programme, and an extensive list of visiting professors and fellows drawn from industry. Our fellows offer masterclasses on various aspects of their craft and the industries in which they work, offering students the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

The course team includes several industry practitioners:

Paul Stevens who currently works as a freelance presenter at Spire FM, Salisbury. He is former chief sub-editor at the Daily Echo, Bournemouth.

John Thursfield who has worked in audio for over thirty years and has done everything from working freelance for BBC local radio to doing sound design on award winning short films.  His work has been featured on national radio and television.

Roy Hanney who works closely with local film festivals and has been both co-director of Making Waves (Portsmouth) and a collaborator with Southampton Film Week. In addition, Roy runs the annual DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge, the UK's longest running 48 hour film challenge. Roy also works closely with events management company Big Adventures to provide audiovisual content and live projections. Roy is continuing to develop links with local online content producers such as Southpoint Films, Napier B2B and Koozai who have all contributed to employability events at the University.

There is also a range of guest lectures run within the School which students have the opportunity to attend. Recent visitors have included Walter Murch, Mick Audsley, and David Gamble providing students with their insight into editing and post-production of feature films including The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Shakespeare in Love etc.

Placements

All students must undertake 100 hours work experience during their studies in order to fulfil the requirements of the Level 6 Work Experience unit. The experience can be gathered at any point during the course. Students’ work experience is assessed via a reflective portfolio during the second period of Level 6. 

Students are encouraged to negotiate and arrange their own work experience, however advice on how to arrange and carry out the work experience and produce the assessed element will be given by the work placement tutor on an ongoing basis through tutorials.

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