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About the course

With first-class facilities, opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience, and a reputation for producing highly employable television graduates, Solent University’s ScreenSkills accredited post-production for film and television degree will help provide you with the specialist skills you’ll need for a creative post-production career.

You will learn to edit for high-end drama and factual film and TV, using state-of-the-art software including Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Avid Pro-Tools, along with high-quality post-production sound and colour grading facilities. You will also discover Da Vinci Resolve, and get the chance to complete an Avid Certified User certificate to enhance your employability.

You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with leading editors from industry, and learn valuable insight from industry experts through a range of guest lectures. Recent speakers have included Mick Audsley (Harry Potter), Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Eddie Hamilton (Kingsman, MI:6), Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody, Gravity, Beauty and the Beast) and many more.

You will be encouraged to complete work experience alongside your degree, and recent students have completed placements at Envy, Woodcut Media and the BBC. The School of Media Arts and Technology also has a long history of providing summer work experience opportunities at festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival, and many more.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
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

Collaborative working with students in music, drama, animation, special effects, gaming, make-up, fashion design and more.

What does this course lead to?

This ScreenSkills accredited course is ideal for those who want to be editors, sound mixers, colour graders, visual effects and edit assistants working in TV and film.

Who is this course for?

We welcome applicants from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds, who aspire to be editors, sound mixers, colour graders, edit assistants and more.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Year three:
Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330

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

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • All UK applicants are required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants resident outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Media.
  • 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 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: 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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Foundation Year in Media route:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Single Camera Production
    Explore the theory and practice of single camera production, a vital component of documentary and fiction. Learn to tell effective visual stories, and develop professional standards of working using modern, industry-standard equipment.
  • Introduction to Studio Production
    Explore everything that goes on behind the scenes of a TV studio. Learn where to put a camera, sound capture, how shots are sequenced, how to light, scripting and running shows to time.
  • Introduction to Post Production
    Learn how an editor uses pictures and sound to tell a story. Develop a keen eye for detail, enhance your visual awareness, and learn the fundamentals of film grammar and how to apply them.
  • Introduction to Sound
    Get to grips with sound. Understand how it moves, how we hear, how sound can be manipulated and distorted. Learn industry standard equipment in recording, playback and editing, and how sound tells a story.
  • Screenwriting
    Learn the professional practices of the screenwriter’s trade. Learn to write, develop and pitch scripts for drama, documentary, studio programmes and more, and discover your own unique and distinctive voice.
  • Research and Development for TV
    Dive into the role of a production researcher – a fantastic way to learn how the television industry works, from commissioning to production, and develop the professionalism, communication and collaborative skills to impress potential employers.

Year two

Core modules
  • Live Brief and Professional Practice 1
    Get to know the business and professional practice of production, including how to take a client brief and deliver on it, how to respond to feedback; and creating new business opportunities.
  • Live Brief and Professional Practice 2
    Develop your professional production skills still further. Learn to manage a budget, adapt to changing briefs, and work within the industry’s legal and ethical frameworks, including media law, copyright and contributor consent.
  • Fiction Production
    Explore the many roles within fiction film, from production to visual effects, and discover your speciality – all while developing your own fiction film through scripting, story- and mood-boards, and production, resulting in a broadcast-ready short.
  • Documentary Production
    Explore the applied practices of documentary and factual production. From initial research through preproduction, managing contributors and building trust, you will shape your ideas, explore style and form, and deliver your own documentary film. 
  • Intermediate Editing
    Expand on your existing skills and dive deeper into the language of editing. Develop essential professional habits in logging footage and organising your project. Learn to interrogate raw footage and craft a coherent whole.

Options

  • Motion Graphics
    Work with the latest professional software to create distinctive, creative motion graphics for opening titles, lower thirds, animated graphs, advertisements, idents and more – and learn the editing workflow for integrating your work with footage.
  • Sound of the Story
    Explore sound design and how it works with the edit to create emotion. Get hands-on with voiceover, ADR and Foley, explore advanced field recording techniques, and learn to enhance, distort and optimise sound.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Working in the Creative Industries
    Reflect on the skills and experiences you have gained, and create an individual learning plan that will help you identify a career path – whether freelancing, setting up your own business or working within an established organisation. 
  • Creative Editing: Documentary
    Learn advanced editing grammar and toolsets, visual effects and audio techniques, using advanced software such as Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and Baselight, and develop your craft and creative problem-solving on a long-form documentary.
  • Creative Editing: Fiction
    Develop your editing experience and creative problem-solving on a long-form fiction project. Learn to prepare a script for the edit, review rushes and compare performances. Explore advanced software such as Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and Baselight.
  • Final Major Project
    Put everything you’ve learned into practice. Work in teams to develop, research, plan, shoot and edit your own video project – drama, documentary, entertainment, web-based or studio-based multi-camera project – and demonstrate your professionalism and creativity.

Options

  • Colour Correction and Grading
    Get hands-on with the latest colour correction software, and explore how colour can affect audience understanding and reaction. Learn colour theory and professional workflows, and work with different formats and codecs such as RAW and 4K. 
  • Collaborative Drama
    Enhance your teamwork and professional skills in this collaborative industry. Work with a pre-written script and an experienced director to create a short film with the collaboration of actors from Solent’s performance courses.

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Students' work

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Kieron Butler academic profile Kieron Butler Course Leader View profile
Patricia (Trish) Morris academic profile Patricia (Trish) Morris Senior 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

Our post production sound and colour grading suites include:

  • Canon (1019C003AA) DP-V2410 - 24 inch 4k reference display.
  • Tangent Element (Tk Mf Kb Bt) control surface.
  • Black Magic Design UltraStudio 4K thunderbolt capture and playback.
  • LG 55inch EF950V OLED Wide Gamut (director's monitor).
  • Colour balanced D65 lighting and grey walls.
  • DaVinci Resolve with easy DCP export.
  • Avid Media Composer with baselight grading software.

You'll also have access to our 3D Digital Cinema with Dolby Atmos sound, over 80 edit workstations and a range of high-end cameras and ancillary equipment – all in HD or 4K.

This course is recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Your future

Our graduates are working at Envy (Gogglebox, The Voice), Suite TV (Celebrity Juice, People Just Do Nothing), MPC Visual Effects (Dumbo, Blade Runner 2049), Milk VFX (Doctor Who), The Farm Group (Friday Night Dinner), Sunset+Vine, Woodcut Media, the BBC and many more.

Job roles include:

  • Head editor
  • Edit support supervisor
  • Assistant editor
  • Head of visual effects
  • VFX coordinator and more.
  • It was as if the professors really cared about all of us. You could tell that they did this from the heart – to get us out there, and help us to create stronger CVs.

    Maj Hartmann, Graduate

Industry links

Our course team are all from the television and film industry, experienced in drama, documentary, reality and entertainment, with credits including the BBC, ITV, BFI and BAFTA, along with membership of Amer.

We bring in a huge array of guest speakers from all corners of the industry. Recent speakers have included editors Mick Audsley (Murder on the Orient Express), Mark Sanger (Gravity), John Wilson (Billy Elliot), Eddie Hamilton (Mission Impossible), Mags Arnold (Riviera) and Andy Morrison (The Musketeers). Sound editors and designers such as Glenn Gathard (Guardians of the Galaxy), Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody), Eddy Joseph (Casino Royale), James Mather (Wonder Woman), Mike Prestwood Smith (The Hunger Games) and title designer Richard Morrison (Scott Pilgrim vs The World).

Work experience is embedded in our curriculum, and you will work on live briefs with external clients. Our students have filmed at American Cinema Editors conference EditFest, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, NASS, Teddy Rocks Festival, Viewpress TV, BBC South and local TV production companies including Woodcut Media and Topical TV.

And our ScreenSkills accreditation ensures that our teaching is aligned to industry needs, using state-of-the-art technology and practical experience to give your degree value for money.

Placements

Work experience is a key component of our course and embedded within the curriculum. Get involved with our in-house production company, Solent Productions, where you can find work experience on a wide range of projects including collaborations with the BBC, filming at summer festivals and events, and create bespoke projects for external clients.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day