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About the course

Solent’s three-year media production programme is the ideal way to sharpen your content creation skills and attain the mixed media skillset that industry employers are looking for. With industry standard facilities, a highly experienced teaching team and an emphasis on real-world learning, graduates are perfectly placed to pursue hands-on work in media production, PR, journalism, advertising and marketing.

Throughout the course, you’ll study a curriculum that is split into three distinct strands. The production units will provide you with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in video, online, photographic and audio production. You’ll use the latest industry hardware to create exciting portfolio projects, collaborating with those from other media disciplines just as you would in the workplace.

The second group of units will teach you about the role of the producer and help you to develop a broader creative understanding of idea generation, storytelling, how to engage your audience and how to use social media effectively. You’ll also learn about the logistics of content production, and about the most effective ways of selling ideas to potential clients.

The final strand focuses on employability, ensuring that you graduate from the course fully prepared for the professional workplace. You’ll be able to undertake a period of work-based learning, producing content to a professional brief and developing an understanding of what it is to work as a creative in today’s media industries.

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

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 journalism, PR, advertising and marketing.

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 media production programme is well-suited to students from a range of academic backgrounds. 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P310
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P0
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 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.

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-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.


94%

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

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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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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
  • Online Production and Professional Practice I
  • Producing I: Telling Stories

Year two

Core units
  • Producing II: Research and Markets
  • Producing III: Platforms
  • Online Production and Professional Practice II

Options

  • Documentary Video
  • Documentary Audio
  • Documentary Photography
  • Imagining Reality: Video
  • Imagining Reality: Audio
  • Imagining Reality: Photography
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Working in the Media
  • Work Experience
  • Major Project
  • Major Project: Research and Development

Options

  • Producing IV: Transmedia
  • Producing V: Festivals and Competitions
  • Social Media Marketing for Media Producers
  • The Promotional Video
  • The Essay Film
  • The Staged Photograph
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Key figures

93%

Assessment by coursework

7%

Practical exams

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
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

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. Investment into 4K technology is well underway.

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

Your future

Recent graduates of related courses have gone on to work in a range of media industry roles.

Destinations for last year’s graduates:

  • Freelance Content Creator, YouTube
  • Marketing Assistant, Gemini Print
  • Software QA Tester, Digits Industries Ltd
  • Promotions Team, Celador Radio
  • Production Assistant, RJDM Studios
  • E-learning Support Officer, Southampton Solent University

Destinations for the year before last’s graduates:

  • Graduate Marketing Executive, Fusion People
  • Broadcast Assistant, BB South East
  • E-Marketing Executive, Switch Ads
  • Editorial Assistant at Hamerville Media
  • Social Media Account Handler, Digital Clarity
  • Content Creator, One Pulse
  • Events and Marketing Co-ordinator at Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce
  • Commercial Assistant, Bauer Media Group

90%

of students go on to work and/or study

93%

of students feel the staff are good at explaining things

Industry links

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.

Felicity Hammond has very close links with the Whitechapel Gallery (particularly the education department) and the National Maritime Museum (especially the digital learning department). She is working with the Photographers Gallery, Photo Works, and the British Journal of Photography at the moment, and she has links in each of those organisations.

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.

Placements

All students will need to undertake 100 hours work experience 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 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.

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