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About the course

Hoping for a career in the fast-paced world of multimedia journalism? With a unique industry focus, Southampton Solent University’s multimedia journalism programme can help you to develop essential editorial skills for digital, print and broadcast media.

Southampton Solent University is proud to offer our students high-end media facilities. Our multi-million-pound media academy includes a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, and the latest professional media editing software. Live reporting and broadcasting are enabled through the media academy’s integrated TV production facilities.

Students also benefit from the University’s links with industry. The course team have helped previous students secure placements at Sky News, Sky Sports, the BBC, The Guardian, Bauer Media, Haymarket Media, ITV News, Company, Cosmopolitan and the Southern Daily Echo.

Students are encouraged to pitch for paid work at Solent Creatives, the University’s creative design, communication and marketing agency. Solent Creatives specialise in connecting students with businesses who need creative help and these extracurricular projects can help students to strengthen their portfolio of professional work.

Additional qualification Study abroad Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Students have free access to a range of industry-standard facilities, including our recently refurbished media centre.

What does this course lead to?

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to find employment as a journalist in the regional and national press, as a local, national or international broadcaster, and on digital radio stations.

Who is this course for?

This BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism programme combines media production skills with journalism, ideal for students who aspire to careers in reporting, PR, journalism, online publication, content management or digital promotion.

Facts and figures

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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, the 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 

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:
Study trip costs in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.
NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

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.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 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

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants may be telephoned by a member of the academic team to discuss their application.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.

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.


96%

of students feel their communication skills have improved

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • The Write Approach
  • Introduction to Audio
  • Photographic Production and Studio Skills
  • Writing Development
  • Video Production and Studio Skills
  • Law and Ethics

Year two

Core units

  • Producing the Package
  • Who’s the Boss?
  • Production and Content Management
  • From Concept to Commission

Options

  • Model Your Business
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Fashion Culture & Celebrity
  • Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs 
  • Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Presenting Skills
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units

  • Major Project: Multimedia Package
  • Multimedia Logic
  • The Convergence Toolkit

Options

  • Digital Photography
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Advanced Photography
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Fashion PR Campaign
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • 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

84%

Assessment by coursework

16%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Will Cope academic profile Will Cope Course Leader View profile
Kevin O'Donovan academic profile Kevin O'Donovan Course Leader View profile
Paul Ansell academic profile Paul Ansell Course Leader View profile
Andy Ford academic profile Andy Ford Senior Lecturer View profile
John May academic profile John May Senior Lecturer View profile
Chris Richards academic profile Chris Richards Senior Lecturer View profile
Graham Hiley academic profile Graham Hiley 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

The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. You’ll have access to our extensive professional-quality equipment and studios, including photographic, television and radio studios and our state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom. Multimedia journalism students have full access to our extensive media loans facility, where they can book time with the University’s facilities and borrow high-end video production and photography equipment.

Teaching is handled by an academic team with extensive industry experience. The team can use this experience to help support students while they look for work placements and freelance opportunities.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • PR and communications work
  • Marketing
  • Advertising.

100%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

55%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • I take pride in my university, I love it here at Solent. My course is amazing! I’ve met so many great people and have had the opportunity to make great industry contacts and links! My favourite thing about my course is being able to present a live bulletin.

    Samantha Buxey, Student

  • The variety in the work we do is one of my favourite aspects; one day you’re out filming, the next you’re in a radio studio doing a podcast. I love coming into university knowing every day is unique.

    David George, Student

  • I love going to Solent, it allows me to be myself. It has enhanced my journalistic ability, because it is the closest I’m going to get to industry practice without being in industry. Being away from home, I have become more independent. Southampton is a great place to live and being in the heart of the city, you’re always involved in the action.

    Christopher Milligan

  • You get to work with genius lecturers who are working journalists, meet all sorts of brilliant, famous people working for the BBC or Sky, or visit well-known publications and start practising the actual job as a journalist from the very beginning.

    Mara Petrescu, Student

Industry links

Weekly news days are an important part of the degree and you will benefit from our strong regional and national media links. Your development as a working journalist will be enhanced by live briefs and publishing assignments, set by industry, to ensure that your skills are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

Placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements in all years of the degree, as well as to work on live client briefs for our in-house agency, Solent Creatives.

Previous students have undertaken placements at Sky News, Sky Sports, the BBC, News UK, The Guardian, Bauer Media, Haymarket Media, ITV News, Company, Cosmopolitan, the Southern Daily Echo and a variety of other local, national and international media organisations.

Graduate stories

Hannah's story

Hannah Brewer - Alumni and content co-ordinator for UBM EMEA

Without my degree there’s no chance I would be doing the job I am in today. Throughout my three years of studying I was constantly exposed to the necessary equipment, computer programmes and teaching needed for me to succeed in the media field.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism gave me every opportunity to build upon new and existing skills, from writing to video and editing. The lecturers are great and friendly and will do their upmost to help you to succeed.

By learning in a hands-on and practical environment, from TV presenting and filming to newsdays, there’s no better way to illustrate your skills to future employers. Now working in ‘the real world’ I can clearly see how important all these elements are, and how vital it is for any journalist today to have the capabilities to produce content of all types.

My job is within the digital and content team at the London office of the company. I am involved in generating content and ideas for event websites and I handle and organise speaker communications and interviews for different promotional activities including videos, articles and Q&As. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to work in the media industry, not just for journalists but for radio/TV presenters, video producers and much more.

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