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About the course

Do you have a creative vision and want to develop your ability to produce broadcast ready programming? With first-class facilities, opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience, and a reputation for producing employable television graduates, Solent University’s post-production for film and television degree will help provide you with the specialist skills you’ll need for a creative post-production career.

As well as building a broad knowledge of the television industry, you’ll specialise in post-production and explore areas such as colour grading, sound design and mixing.

Because of its Skillset accreditation, the course is often two steps ahead of the industry norm. Students on the post-production for film and television degree can enjoy full access to the University’s specialist editing facilities, including over 70 Apple Mac workstations, supported by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network. Solent’s multi-million-pound Media Academy has specialist edit suites containing Mac Pro computers installed with Final Cut Pro and the full Adobe Creative Suite as standard, allowing 4K picture editing, colour grading and special effects work. Students have access to Avid and are encouraged to become an Avid Certified User, a professional qualification to further enhance their employability prospects. These features provide a high-quality post-production sound and picture-grading facility, capable of quality output to match and out-perform broadcast standards.

Solent University has one of the largest HD studios in the south of England, which can run up to 10 HD cameras and accommodate an audience of over 200 people – attracting industry-leading TV producers such as John Lloyd (QI). Students have full access to professional studio equipment including 4K and HD video cameras, DSLRs, a wide range of lenses, lighting rigs, dolly equipment and sound equipment for studio and location shoots.

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

Solent’s post production for film and television degree is accredited by ScreenSkills - the mark of quality reserved for courses that are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.

What does this course lead to?

As a course graduate you’ll be well placed for a range of TV and film roles, as well as positions in new media platforms, web programming, advertising and PR. Students can become an Avid Certified User and take the Avid 101 course free of charge, as well as complete the accredited certification course for Adobe Premiere, helping to enhance employability. Past students have also had the opportunity to work on live client briefs through the University’s creative agency, Solent Creatives. Award-winning students from Solent’s television production degrees have been recognised and applauded by the BBC and the Royal Television Society.

Who is this course for?

This ScreenSkills accredited course is ideal for those 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 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

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 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

Year one:
Optional study trip: £1,375

Year two:
Optional study trip: £1,430

Year three:
Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional study trip: £1,540.

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

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.
  • UK applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicants resident outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • 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.

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
  • 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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@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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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Writing for Television
  • Introduction to Post-Production: Editing
  • Sound and Vision
  • Research for Television
  • Introduction to Studio
  • Introduction to Single Camera

Year two

Core units
  • Documentary Production
  • Television Business and Practice
  • Interactive Production
  • Fiction Production
  • Post-Production 1

Options

  • Cinematography
  • Post Production Programme Finishing 
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives

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

Year three

Core units
  • Final Major Project
  • Post-Production 2
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Options

  • TV Futures
  • Experimental Media
  • Colour Correction
  • Motion Graphics
  • Collaborative Project: Drama
  • Collaborative Music Project at Solent Productions
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Languages
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions
  • Creative Business Start Up

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

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Julian Konczak academic profile Julian Konczak Senior Lecturer 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

Specialist facilities include over 70 Apple Mac workstations, all linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network. All machines run Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro as standard, while specialist editors will have access to Avid – with an opportunity to become an Avid Certified user. All students also have access to high-quality post-production sound and picture-grading facilities.

You'll work in our three high-end, high-definition (HD) multi-camera studios, including one which seats an audience of 200. All location cameras are fully tapeless and high-definition, with investment going into 4K technology.

To aid learning, students have full access to industry-leading digital production equipment, from 4K and HD video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras and a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.

Students are encouraged to get involved with the University’s in-house company Solent Productions, who have previously offered placements and opportunities on a huge range of practical projects including music festivals, corporate and promotional work. To gain further practical experience, students can learn freelancing at Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative agency. This offers students unique opportunities to work on live client briefs, develop their own showreel and create an appetite for setting up a business.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Post-production editor
  • Motion graphics editor
  • Assistant editor
  • Sound designer
  • Sound mixer dubbing editor  
  • Film colour grader 
  • Producer.
  • 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

You will be working on real projects, with real clients and to real deadlines, and our experienced tutors will allow you to learn from the experts. You’ll also benefit from workshops run by professional editors, and a large range of guest speakers and visiting fellows.

Recent speakers have included Mick Audsley (Murder on the Orient Express), Mark Sanger (Gravity), John Wilson (Billy Elliot), Glenn Gathard (Guardians of the Galaxy), Eddie Hamilton (Mission Impossible), Mags Arnold (Riviera) and Andy Morrison (The Musketeers).

 

Placements

It is expected that all students complete work experience while on the course, with opportunities embedded within the curriculum.

On the post-production units, you’ll be placed with professional working editors; recent examples of students’ work experience placements include programmes such as Panorama and BBC South Today.

The School of Media Arts and Technology has a long history of providing work experience opportunities for students over summer, working in a variety of crew roles at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival, and many more. Our graduates our working at some of the country’s leading post production houses, including Envy, The Mill and Molinare.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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