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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, Southampton Solent University’s media production top-up course is the ideal next step towards your dream career.

At the heart of Southampton 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).

Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Part time option Top-up degree

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 start work on a major dissertation project.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry P319
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 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.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 part-time fees are:
UK and EU part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

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

  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent), or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Major Project
  • Reading Contemporary Culture


  • Audio Production UD
  • Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • Sound Design for the Moving Image
  • The Staged Photograph
  • Factual Production
  • Fiction Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

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.

Southampton 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).


Southampton 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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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