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About the course

Do you see your future making television programmes - researching, organising, producing, directing or working with cameras and sound? Our accredited television production degrees will prepare you for an exciting professional career in the global media industry.

With a strong focus on gaining hands-on experience and access to cutting-edge facilities you’ll research, shoot and edit using the latest professional broadcast equipment, while gaining the essential production experience to launch your media career.

Solent’s multi-million-pound media academy is a hub for creative students and boasts a comprehensive range of modern film and television production equipment, ranging from high-definition video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits. The University is also investing in 4K technology, which will enable students to enjoy professional-quality equipment. 

Students on the television and video production degree can also enjoy free access to three high-definition TV studios, the largest of which seats an audience of 200 people and can run up to ten cameras. Those who want to hone their editing skills will find over 70 Mac workstations, all linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network. All machines run industry software Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro as standard, while specialist editors will have access to Avid.

To gain further practical experience students are encouraged to freelance at Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative agency, offering them unique opportunities to work on live client briefs to help develop their showreel.  

Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Solent University’s television and video production degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – a 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?

Recent graduates are working as researchers, production co-ordinators, camera operators, editors, audio-visual technicians and assistant producers for companies including South Point Films, Fox UK Productions, Mission Digital, ITV, BBC Studios, CSC Media and Media Brighton.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s television and video production programme is the perfect degree for those who aspire to careers in floor management, camera operation, post-production, production management or sound recording.

Applicants come from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P390
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year PP34
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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 approv[yal.

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:

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

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

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 from 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.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

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.


95%

of students feel the course challenges them to achieve their best work

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
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Introduction to Post-production: Theory and Practice
  • i.media
  • Research for Television
  • Introduction to Studio: Theory and Practice
  • Intro to Single Camera Production: Theory and Practice

Year two

Core units
  • Documentary Production
  • Television Business and Practice
  • Interactive Production
  • Fiction Production

Options

  • Studio Production
  • Cinematography
  • Beyond Television
  • Studio Series Production
  • Shooting Music
  • Post-Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Model Your Business 

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

Year three

Core units
  • Final Major Project
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Options

  • Experimental Media
  • Motion Graphics
  • Studio Series Development & Production
  • Post-Production
  • Experimental Media: Distribution & Exhibition
  • Collaborative Project: Drama
  • Collaborative Music Projects at Solent Productions
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Production
  • Producing and Production Management for TV

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

85%

Assessment by coursework

15%

Practical exams

Students' work

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
Tony Moon academic profile Tony Moon Senior Lecturer View profile
Patricia (Trish) Morris academic profile Patricia (Trish) Morris Senior Lecturer View profile
Michael Saker academic profile Michael Saker Senior Lecturer View profile
Tony Steyger academic profile Tony Steyger Principal 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

Students on this course have access to three high-definition TV studios, with the largest capable of seating an audience of 200 people and running up to ten cameras. Editors will find 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. All location cameras are fully tapeless and Solent is currently investing in 4K technology.

Southampton Solent University is an accredited Avid training centre for industry software, Media Composer and Pro-Tools. Those who select editing as an option in their final year are encouraged to gain an additional professional qualification alongside their degree to further enhance their employability prospects.

Solent’s media academy boasts a comprehensive range of modern professional film-making equipment, ranging from high-definition video cameras, 4K digital cinema equipment, professional photographic equipment and a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits.

Your future

You’ll acquire the specialist skills for a career in TV and film, as well as in expanding areas of new media, internet television channels, advertising, or academic teaching and research.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Camera operation
  • Sound recording
  • Vision mixing
  • Floor management
  • TV editing and research
  • Production management
  • Online content creation.

90%

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

75%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • This course has given me opportunities to meet media companies and gain vital hands-on experience . I have also received support to start my own media production business.

    Liza Daisey, Graduate

Industry links

The course team has strong ties with industry, and you’ll have support in finding industry-based placements on external projects for a variety of clients.

Students have worked with the Daily Echo, the BBC College of Production, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Viewpress TV, BBC South and many local TV production companies.

The school of media benefits from an impressive 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).

Placements

All students on this degree will need to complete at least 120 hours of work experience during the course, and opportunities to carry this out are embedded in the curriculum. You’ll also be able to work with the University’s in-house company, Solent Productions, which offers placements and opportunities for you to work on practical projects for a huge range of corporate clients. Solent has working relationships with renowned music festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. Recent students have filmed live bands such as Rudimental, which was transmitted on BBC Three. We also have close links with local television companies who provide regular work experience opportunities for students to work on corporate and promotional projects.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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