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BA (Hons)Media Production

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UCAS code: P310
Institution code: S30
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Why study a media production degree at Solent University

Are you riding the wave of the new generation of content creation? Learn to bring your stories to life through ever-changing media platforms and create your own professional future.

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  • Solent is ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction in communication and media studies (out of 91 institutions) (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • Access to extensive media loans that include high-end video and audio equipment, cinema and DSLR cameras with an extensive range of lenses, professional-grade lighting equipment and a full stock of accessories.
  • During your degree, you will be able to work with our in-house creative agencies to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Enjoy live briefs and media take-overs where you will provide media content production and online social media marketing for a range of real clients.
  • Exciting guest speakers, for example, film directors James Gayle (Shogun Digital), Emma Millions (Frieda TV), ideas guru Alison Norrington (Story Central) and podcaster Nina Garthwaite (In the Dark).
  • Trips to exhibitions, film festivals and events (ie, Aesthetica Film Festival in York, Photographers Gallery in London, Short Sounds Film Festival in Bournemouth).
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in media, culture and the arts – you will learn from experts in their field.

Course overview

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 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.

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.

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

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

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Study abroad

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

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.

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.

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Meet the team

The staff team includes a number of highly experienced media practitioners with backgrounds as professionals in the creative industries, supported by a number of highly qualified academics with specialisms in media making and production studies. Collectively they bring to the course experience of broadcast radio, newspaper and social media publishing, sound design, filmmaking, podcasting, television, events management, social media marketing, graphic design, website development and photographic exhibition. The team has close links with local creative and cultural organisations and are actively involved with local film festivals, media events and creative networks. Nationally the team have links with galleries, journals and media organisations that provide a regular flow of industry contacts who they bring down to the university to work with the students.

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.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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