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About the course

Hone your media production skills and prepare for a career in the creative industries on this three-year media, culture and production course. By undertaking assessed work experience and working on live client briefs, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of how creative media projects are managed and delivered. Upon graduation you’ll be well prepared to step into the workplace, having developed a portfolio of essential production and media management skills.

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

The course is split into three separate strands, each covering a unique area of the curriculum. On the theory strand, you’ll examine a range of academic approaches and industry issues. These include global media markets, consumer habits and the construction of audiences.

The production strand will see you getting hands-on with a range of professional media equipment, refining your production skills and building a portfolio of high-quality work. You’ll work across a range of mediums and genres, creating original audio and video projects and managing the process from initial planning right through to post-production.

Finally, the employability strand will give you the opportunity to apply your new skills. You’ll undertake 100 hours of work experience before reflecting on your placement as part of a work-based learning unit. You’ll also work on live-briefs or case studies, developing an understanding of what it is to work on the front lines of creative media.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
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

Students will have access to Solent’s state-of-the-art media facilities and free equipment rental services.

What does this course lead to?

The range of skills you’ll develop during your time at Solent provides excellent preparation for work in the creative industries - particularly the media and culture industries. Past graduates have found employment in major organisations including the BBC, Channel Four and Bauer Media Group.

This degree programme is deliberately broad in scope, producing graduates who are able to turn their hand to a number of different tasks or roles. This speaks to the reality of the creative industries.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s media, culture and production 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 media and critical theory.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P301
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

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

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were:

Year one:
Optional photography printing/hard drive and UK study trip: £495

Year two:
Optional SD card/photography printing and European study trip: £770

Year three:
Optional SD card/photography printing and USA study trip: £1,155

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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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.


of students feel the course has provided them with the opportunity to apply what they have learnt

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Foundation Year in Media route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Media Analysis Toolkit
  • Media Research I (Representation and Identity)
  • Research Skills for Media Work
  • Audio Production: Craft and Process
  • Video Production: Craft and Process
  • Editing and Post-Production

Year two

Core units
  • Media Research II (Audiences)
  • Media Research III (Markets and Platforms)
  • Working in Creative Media I


  • Documentary Video
  • Documentary Audio
  • Imagining Reality: Video
  • Imagining Reality: Audio
  • Producing for Social Media
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions

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

Year three

Core units
  • Working in Creative Media II
  • Work Experience
  • Media: Future Trends


  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation: Research and Development
  • Major Project
  • Major Project: Research and Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media for Producers
  • Promotional Video
  • The Essay Film
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • Collaborative Music Project at Solent Productions
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions
  • Creative Business Start-up

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


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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
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Course Leader View profile
John Thursfield academic profile John Thursfield Associate Lecturer View profile
Steve Hogg academic profile Steve Hogg 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.


Solent offers media, culture and production students access to a wide range of professional filmmaking, photography and audio equipment:

  • Canon C100 Mark 2 and Panasonic 151 video cameras.
  • A range of crop and full-range DSLR cameras.
  • A full set of Canon L Series lenses.
  • A range of Dedolight kits and other specialist lighting equipment.
  • Mac computer suites with a range of professional post-production software.
  • Eight radio studios with equipped with condenser microphones, computers and post-production software.
  • Zoom H4n portable disk recorders a variety of specialised microphones.

The course combines media studies with media production, enabling students to get a full picture of the industry. A significant employability strand ensures that students leave the University with a portfolio of on-the-job experience and high-quality project work.

Your future

Graduates will leave the course with a range of essential academic skills and will be well versed in the business of media and media production. Solent graduates currently work in fields including journalism, media production, PR and marketing.

Suitable industries for graduates include:

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


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


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Industry links

The course team maintain strong connections with the media industry.

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

John Thursfield 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 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 audio-visual 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.

Within the school, guest lecturers over the last 12 months 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 and Shakespeare in Love.

Within the degree over the past 12 months guest lecturers have included Matt Wenham (freelance director/producer, BBC, Channel 4, Sky1) and Marie Malyon (White Crow Research).


All students will need to undertake 100 hours work experience in order to fulfil the requirements of the Level 6 work experience unit. This can take place at any point during the course. Work experience is assessed via a reflective portfolio during the second period of Level 6.

Students will negotiate and arrange the work experience with the organisation concerned and agree specifics of their report with their work placement tutor. Advice on how to arrange the work experience and produce the assessed element will be given by the work placement tutor on an on-going basis through tutorials.

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