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About the course

Post-production is the final, crucial step in any TV or film project. Production editors have the important task of bringing all the elements of a production together to tell the story in a creative, compelling and legible way. This top-up course will help you to build on your existing skills and qualifications, equipping you with the technical and creative know-how required to succeed as a professional post-production editor.

Upon graduation, you will have built a portfolio of essential post-production techniques and will be able to confidently apply investigative and analytical processes to a range of creative briefs. You’ll also have a developed awareness of the roles and responsibilities within post-production, both individually and as part of a team.

You’ll build these skills in our state-of-the-art media facilities and post-production suites. Key equipment includes high-spec Apple computers, professional editing platforms (Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere Pro), industry-standard production studios and a fully-equipped outside broadcast vehicle.

You’ll also benefit from access to a range of additional professional qualifications. These include the Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools Certified User qualifications, which can both be taken free of charge.

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

Students benefit from access to a range of additional professional qualifications from Avid and the course is taught by an experienced team of industry practitioners and research academics.

What does this course lead to?

Post-production graduates are well placed for a range of essential roles in TV, film and the wider media industries. Possible specialisms include sound editing, motion graphics and commercial editing.

Graduates will also be able to pursue further study, including Solent’s own MA Film Production programme.

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the ideal way for those with qualifications at HND level (or equivalent) to gain a full undergraduate degree in just one year. Candidates should be passionate about media production and aspiring to work in a relevant field.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 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.

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 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Optional costs
The course may include an optional trip to a film festival. Costs vary depending on which festival is chosen, but students would be expected to pay for their own flights, transfer and accommodation.

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

  • 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:

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Experimental Media Distribution and Exhibition
  • Post Production II
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Motion Graphics

Options

  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Working in the Creative Industries

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

Facilities

Students are supported by a range of cutting-edge post-production tools as they learn to edit film and TV footage to a professional standard. Students also have access to industry-standard TV and film studios, a 3D campus cinema, HD cameras, an outside broadcast vehicle and a fully-equipped audio dubbing studio.

 

Regular guest lectures from industry professionals, including BAFTA and Oscar winners, provide learners with unique insight into the world of post-production. Students work with colleagues from other media disciplines, collaborating on joint projects to produce fully realised creative works.

Your future

Recent graduates have gone on to work in some of the country’s top post-production houses, including:

  • The Mill
  • Envy Post Production
  • The Farm
  • BBC Post Production
  • Molinaire.

Industry links

Drawing on the course team’s industry links, leading figures from the film and TV industries regularly give guest lectures and share their insights. Past speakers have included Walter Murch (Oscar-winning sound designer) and Mick Audsley (BAFTA winner and editor, Harry Potter).

Placements

Students will have the option to work with real clients as part of the optional freelancing modules. Freelancers will work with either Solent Productions, Solent Creatives or Solent TV to produce high-quality work to a specific brief.

 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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