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About the course

Got a passion for video, photography and audio production? Hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications into a full honours degree? With a passionate teaching team, industry standard facilities and a reputation for producing well-rounded and employable media graduates, Solent University’s media production top-up course is the ideal next step towards your dream career.

At the heart of Solent University’s media production top-up programme is a commitment to hands-on learning and student employability. Written in collaboration with media production professionals, this one year course helps students to obtain the broad range of skills that employers in the media industry are seeking while providing a firm foundation in relevant academic theory.

The curriculum also places a focus on critical thinking, writing and presentation skills that are relevant to a wide variety of industry roles. These transferable skills are vital in ensuring that graduates can pursue varied employment opportunities.

Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, providing access to green screen studios, post-production suites and a range of audio production facilities. Our large post-production facilities feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe Creative Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Students studying in the School of Media Arts and Technology benefit from a schedule of high calibre guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent talks have been given by Anne V. Coates (Oscar winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning).

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
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?

As a graduate you’ll have a wide range of roles available across various creative, advertising, marketing and entertainment-related industries.

Graduates have gone on to a variety of media roles, including junior producer, editorial assistant, graphic designer, production researcher, and website and app developer.

Who is this course for?

This media production top-up is designed to help students with qualifications at HND level (or equivalent) to ‘top-up’ to a full degree in just one year.

Candidates should be comfortable with hands-on media production and ready to start work on a major dissertation project.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
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.

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent)

  • Or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further 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 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.

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 link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  1 year  Apply 
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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Working in Creative Media
  • Major Project


  • Factual Production (Documentary Video)
  • Audio Production
  • Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • The Staged Photograph
  • Producing for Social Media
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 2
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice 2

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

Meet the course team

Roy Hanney academic profile Roy Hanney Course Leader 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.


During the course, you’ll learn how to use a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art video and TV, photography, audio and online equipment, as well as a variety of industry-standard software applications.

With three broadcast-quality television studios and the latest production equipment, our technical facilities are state-of-the-art, ensuring that you possess the technical skills and experience that media employers are looking for.

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Solent’s media academy offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to high-definition video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras. Investment into 4K technology has already begun, allowing students to enjoy use of the latest professional standards.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:
  • Video and audio content creation
  • Social media production roles
  • Junior producer or assistant producer
  • Film-making and production
  • Photography
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Research and teaching
  • Postgraduate study.

Industry links

Our experienced staff are committed to ensuring that your studies are relevant to the creative industries and kept in line with changing technologies and trends. The School of Media benefits from a wide range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included: Anne V. Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning).


Solent has a long history of providing exciting work experience opportunities to media technology students. Students have previously had the opportunity to work at music festivals including Glastonbury, Boardmasters and Truck Fest.

There are opportunities for work experience through Solent Creatives who offer 'live' projects for real clients.

Graduate stories

Michael's story

Michael Sumner - Digital Content Developer at Just Kampers

What made you choose to study at Solent?
I had studied at Solent in the late nineties and was impressed by the hands-on vocational nature of the HND courses on offer. Solent was the obvious choice when I wanted to further my career by obtaining a degree and the Media Production 'Top-Up' course was the perfect solution.

What was the best part of your course?
The best part of my course was the diversity of study, you could opt for a variety of modules including web design, video, photography or even music production.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I currently work as a 'Digital Content Developer' at Just Kampers. The role is diverse and includes everything from coding HTML/CSS for group websites to writing and content creation for email marketing campaigns with the occasional piece of video production to promote the brand online - everything I studied at Solent is being utilised! There is a great community vibe in the workplace at Just Kampers and I enjoy the obvious overlap with one of my life's passions - Air Cooled VW Campers! 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying at Solent?
I think it's important to go to the University open days and the taster days for your particular course to see if you like the feel of the place. Like any University, you have to be pro-active once you start studying. Nothing comes to you on-a-plate and the route to success involves putting in the hours and going the extra mile, much like the workplace! Don't forget to have fun too though.

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