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About the course

The future’s already here: fire up your imagination and bring your stories to life with media production at Solent University.

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

Solent’s media production degree is the ideal way to sharpen your content creation skills and become the multi-skilled media professional that industry employers are looking for. Our forward-looking course is underpinned by the distinct strands of video, audio, photography and online. But be prepared to move far beyond film, television, radio, and the still image as you know them: our cutting-edge curriculum embraces emerging media practices to help you tell your stories in new and increasingly immersive ways. With industry-standard facilities, a highly experienced teaching team, and an emphasis on real-world learning, our graduates are perfectly placed to pursue hands-on work in media content creation in photography, video production, podcasting and social media marketing.

At the heart of our course is a concern for story in a contemporary media environment, exploring the questions: How do we tell stories using different media? and How do audiences experience stories across a range of different platforms and channels?

These are questions you will explore in photographic, audio, video and online production modules throughout the course. It is an exciting time to be working in media as the industry is changing fast as technology rapidly evolves. However, at the heart of all media making, even today, is storytelling. On this course, you will learn to become an expert storyteller, learn how to collaborate with other media creators, complete industry-focused challenges, and work towards finding your place in the media.

You’ll explore, and take on, the role of a producer learning how to generate, develop and put into practice your story ideas, from documentary to drama, fact to fiction, and all points in-between. You’ll create live and recorded content which will engage audiences and you’ll learn how to use social media to promote and publicise your work, plus how to persuade potential clients that your ideas are winners.

All the activities on this degree are ultimately focused on your employability, ensuring that you graduate fully prepared for the world of work. You’ll take on live tasks, often set by real employers, producing content to a professional brief and develop an understanding of what it’s really like to be a creative in today’s media industries. You’ll gain experience through placements with real employers in real workplaces. And at the end of your studies you’ll have the opportunity to present your productions to media industry employers at our degree show event.

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
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
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students focus on a broad range of relevant media skills including audio production, video production and digital photography.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course will be perfectly placed to pursue careers across the media industries, as well as related careers in content creation, journalism, PR, advertising and marketing.

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates may choose to progress onto a range of our MA courses to develop their skills further including MA Film Production, MA Visual Communications, and MA PR and Multimedia Communications.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s media production programme is well-suited to students from a range of academic backgrounds with interests in media content creation, social media, video production, podcasting and photography. Candidates should be keen to build a portfolio of practical work and be comfortable working with new technology.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs

The module 'Your Brand Online' requires you to register a URL and purchase domain hosting for a website. You will be taught you how to build a dynamic website using a popular content management system (CMS). We will recommend a hosting company to you with whom we have negotiated a cost-effective package in the range of £20-£30 in total, depending on market prices at the time. You will need to complete the transaction yourself at the start of your second year on the course. 

Optional costs

Students will need to purchase SD cards, external hard drives estimated at around £100 in total.

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • 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 more 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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 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.

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 
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

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Producing: Selling Stories
    Learn to generate fresh ideas, to shape them and present them in the form of a pitch. Explore the structure of story, the terminology, and how to analyse media content using these ideas.
  • Audio: Live Stories
    Develop your technical skills and knowledge through practical work as part of a team, working to create and deliver a live radio/podcast-style programme to an audience in a real-time environment.
  • Photography: Stills and Stories
    Learn to tell compelling stories through your photography, from pre-production theming and research to getting to grips with the technical elements of the camera, to framing, image editing and post-production.
  • Creating Your Brand
    Control your own story. Learn to understand the media industry, find your place within it, and creating a personal brand – through design, graphics and self-reflection – that enhances and amplifies your creative voice.
  • Post-Production: Editing Stories
    Learn the essential skills of the editor. Explore a range of digital editing techniques and software, as well as the aesthetic strategies that underpin and motivate editing choices in different contexts. 
  • Video Production: Stories for Clients
    Learn to follow a brief and tell engaging stories, managing projects through conception, pitching and delivery. Learn to respond and adapt to feedback, developing creatively and iteratively in service of the client vision.

Year two

Core modules
  • Your Brand Online
    Establish a strong foundation for your industry career, researching the profession you are working towards and developing a focused online presence and creative portfolio that will shape your brand perception.
  • Documentary Video Production
    Study the principles, traditions and evolution of the documentary, explore ethical considerations of working with real subjects, and create your own documentary as part of a small production team.
  • Podcasting
    Investigate emerging opportunities for audio content distribution to targeted and niche audiences, learn to evaluate narrative content to tell compelling stories, and create rich and complex soundscapes that complement those narratives. 
  • Photographing Communities
    Develop a community-focused photographic project in this practical module. Refine your concepts; plan the project; explore documentary approaches, location lighting and capture; and learn how to edit, enhance and present material for maximum impact.
  • Producing for Online Platforms
    Develop your content career for today’s media landscape, combining entrepreneurial creative ideas with the ability to research, market and sell them effectively to a chosen platform and targeted audience.


  • Social Media Marketing
    Investigate the production and management of online content, from audience identification to measurement objectives, and learn to consider the technical, logistical, regulatory, ethical and editorial aspects of a social media campaign. 
  • Drama Production: Managing Projects
    Develop, plan and implement a team creative project from script to screen. Focus on pre-production as a project management process, explore narrative concepts and storytelling strategies, and develop your leadership and practical production skills.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Final Major Project (40 credits)
    With complete creative freedom, demonstrate everything you have learned on your degree – working in photography, video, audio or mixed media to conceptualise, pitch, research, develop and ultimately produce a signature creative statement.
  • Media Work
    Find the right career path for you. Explore the range of careers available to you in media work after graduation, polish your portfolio, and discuss major ‘hot button’ issues affecting the sector.
  • Producing for Social Media
    Learn the practical, logistical and interpersonal skills to make stand-out social media campaigns which articulate around a short drama production – including pre-production, production and post-production, along with social media strategies, goal-setting and client liaison.
  • Future Stories
    Explore immersive, participatory, interactive and experiential media technologies, and tell stories in fresh and engaging ways. Collaborate with other team members in an agile and iterative process to develop, prototype and test your ideas. 


  • Media Events
    Design, pitch and organise your own small-scale media event, raising your industry profile and expanding your professional network – as well as developing your project management, leadership, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Contemporary Photographic Practice
    Investigate the characteristics of contemporary photography, through theoretical study and extensive practice, and create an innovative body of work that explores and reflects your own interests and enhances your photography.
  • Mobile Audio Storytelling
    Build an aurally rich sonic landscape, and devise strategies for communicating an immersive audio narrative in a mobile app environment, using specialist software, equipment and technologies to create an innovative, functioning mobile audio experience.

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Meet the course team

Russell White academic profile Russell White Head of Subject View profile
Roy Hanney academic profile Roy Hanney Course Leader View profile
Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Senior Lecturer View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Senior Lecturer View profile
Matthew Lea academic profile Matthew Lea Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Joyce academic profile Mark Joyce Senior Lecturer View profile
Louise Morrell academic profile Louise Morrell Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Stevens academic profile Paul Stevens 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.


Media production students benefit from access to our full range of professional media facilities and learning resources. Media facilities include testing labs, production studios, portable devices and TV/radio broadcasting equipment.

Film-making equipment includes high-definition (HD) video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.

Students also have free access to our media loans service, offering cameras, lenses, tripods, lighting and sound equipment which can be booked as required.

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.

The focus on ideation and content creation within a creative industries context provides students with a valuable understanding of the roles and professional practices they will encounter upon graduation.


Your future

Solent’s media production programme prepares students for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities within the creative industries. Previous graduates have been employed as:

  • Web developer
  • Producer/director
  • Media officer
  • Creative director
  • Digital marketing
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Production coordinator
  • Video producer
  • Fashion media producer
  • Production assistant
  • Content developer
  • Social media marketing coordinator

Industry links

Within the school, guest lecturers over the last 12 months have included Walter Murch, Mick Audsley, and David Gamble, who provided 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.


All students will need to undertake 100 hours work experience in order to fulfil the requirements of the level six 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 six.

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

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day