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About the course

Are you fascinated by how media can influence and shape modern culture? On Solent’s media culture and production degree you’ll learn production skills such as video editing, photography, and radio, combined with the study of media cultural theory in western and non-western contexts.

Solent University’s multi-million-pound media academy is a hub for creative students. The academy boasts three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio which seats an audience of 200, and a range of industry-standard radio and music production facilities. The academy also has a number of edit suites equipped with Mac Pro computers with the full Adobe Creative Suite installed to aid editing, colour grading and special effects work.

Past students studying in the School of Media Arts and Technology have benefitted from a programme of guest lectures featuring a number of high calibre guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included the Oscar-winning editor Anne V Coates, Paul Franklin who won an Oscar for visual effects on Inception, Trainspotting cinematographer, Brian Tufano and Sir Alan Parker, director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning.

Students on the media culture and production degree may also have the opportunity to work with Solent Productions, the University’s in-house production company. Solent Productions has an established history of providing work experience opportunities in a variety of crew roles at festivals such as Glastonbury, Truckfest, Boardmasters and Bestival, allowing students to perfect their skills in a ‘real world’ environment.  

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

Teaching is delivered by a team of academics with extensive experience in the film and television industries in areas such as critical analysis, production, directing and screenwriting.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to take a wide range of roles, such as graphic designer, assistant producer, trainee marketing editor, imagery coordinator, web administrator and marketing executive.

The range of skills you’ll develop during your time at Solent provides excellent preparation for work in the creative industries, with many graduates gaining employment in major organisations such as the BBC, Channel Four, ITV and the British Film Institute.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s media, communication and culture degree is designed for students from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds. Students are introduced to media production techniques alongside academic study of the media and critical theory.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P301
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year P309
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P1
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

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.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available, but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Optional photography printing, external hard drive and UK study trip costs in year one: £495.
Optional SD card, photography printing and European study trip costs in year two: £770. 
Optional SD card, photography printing and USA study trip costs in year three: £1,155. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • 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.

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.


of students feel their communication skills have improved

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:

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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What you'll study

Year One

Core units

  • Digital Production: Audio–Online
  • Visual Production: Photography-Video
  • Creative Industries: Policies, Ethics and Debates
  • Introduction to Media Analysis
  • Screen Industries, Screen Cultures

Year Two

Core units

  • Online Industries, Online Practices
  • Media, Culture and Ideology
  • Multimedia Production and Professional Development


  • Professional Practice: Live Brief
  • Documentary Photography
  • Documentary Audio/ Radio
  • Documentary Video
  • Image Design and Image Post-Production
  • Sound Design and Sound Editing
  • Videography and Video Editing
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year Three

Core units

  • Work Experience
  • Global Media Industries


  • Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Dissertation: Research & Development
  • Major Project: Preproduction
  • Representing Gender and Sexuality
  • Media Events
  • Direct and Digital Marketing
  • Media Culture in Japan
  • Media Culture in Germany
  • Media Culture in China
  • Media Culture in India
  • Media Culture in Brazil
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial
  • Curriculum Plus

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

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Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Course Leader View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Course Leader View profile
Stephen Desmond academic profile Stephen Desmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Russell White academic profile Russell White Senior Lecturer View profile
Tony Steyger academic profile Tony Steyger Principal Lecturer View profile
Steve Hogg academic profile Steve Hogg Associate Lecturer View profile
John Thursfield academic profile John Thursfield Associate Lecturer View profile


Students will have access to industry-standard equipment for digital film-making, radio, photography and design. Alongside digital studios and a student-run 3D cinema to show student films and the latest commercial releases, 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. Investment into 4K technology has begun allowing students to enjoy the same equipment as professional filmmakers.

Students will also have access to our three television studios, green screen technology, and the latest editing and design software such as Adobe Creative suite, AVID and Final Cut Pro.

Students are also encouraged to gain work experience opportunities through Solent Creatives, our on-campus, student-run creative agency; our on-campus video production unit, Solent Productions or Solent TV, our online channel produced by students.

Your future

Graduates possess skills in researching, analysing and evaluating ideas and information, and are well versed in production techniques in different media. You’ll also have a wide range of career paths open to you; Solent graduates currently work in fields including journalism, media production, PR and marketing.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Marketing and sales
  • Research
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Film-making
  • Postgraduate education
  • Teaching.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

During the course students may have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience placements.

Students also have access to a programme of guest lectures from the industry; recent speakers have included film directors Michael Apted and Sir Alan Parker, comedian Ed Byrne, Oscar-shortlisted writer Julian Unthank, presenter Zoë Ball, assistant director Jeff Taylor, and Brian Tufano, cinematographer on Trainspotting.


Employability is a central consideration of the degree, and our highly supportive staff will help you learn to market yourself to employers and accumulate key skills and confidence, culminating in a final-year portfolio of work experience that will strengthen your CV.

You’ll be able to get involved with the University’s in-house production company, Solent Productions, which produces a diverse range of content for external clients. Students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at a range of festivals including Glastonbury and Butserfest, Cowes Week sailing regatta and other high-profile events.

Solent also has a creative design and marketing agency, Solent Creatives, our on-campus agency. The agency can provide students with the opportunity to pitch for paid work with businesses on real-life projects.


Further study

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

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