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About the course

Want to turn your existing qualifications or industry experience to a full degree? Solent’s one-year television and video production will enable you to add to your existing skills and pursue a career in television production. With a strong focus on employability and work experience, and the option to tailor towards your chosen area of specialisation, the course will prepare you for a career in the ever-growing media industry.

The course focuses on the role of the producer, and you will learn how to organise and manage production teams, schedules, budgets and crew. You’ll also gain an understanding of the legal and ethical considerations surrounding productions, as well as the health and safety responsibilities and regulations. The changing nature of the television landscape is also considered, and you’ll explore the explosion in low-cost online content available via content sharing websites and social media; and simultaneously the growth in big budget cinematic productions available on Netflix and Prime.

To gain a well-rounded appreciation for working in a multi-skilled television and media environment, students on Solent’s television and media technology courses are encouraged to work in collaboration with students across other disciplines to benefit from their expertise, such as costume and make-up for a period drama, special or visual effects work, or music composed for one of your films.

The School places a strong employability focus on its courses and media technology students have been able to take part in exciting work experience opportunities. Our close relationship with Glastonbury Festival could allow you to apply for a range of production roles. Similarly, our links with Bestival, Camp Bestival and Boardmasters could also provide you with work experience opportunities throughout the summer.

Our ever-growing network of production graduates are working in TV companies all over the country, both large and small, and our alumni regularly offer work experience opportunities to current students. Our graduates work on shows including The X Factor, Hunted, Escape to the Country, Holby City, Would I Lie to You, First Dates, Have I Got News for You, and Top Gear to name just a few.

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

Students have full access to our broadcast-standard media technology facilities, including HD and 4K camera kits, post-production sound and colour grading suites, and multi-camera studios.

What does this course lead to?

This course will leave graduates well-prepared to pursue roles such as researcher, production coordinators, production manager, line producer and, ultimately, producers.

Students who choose to study the post production unit will be able to work towards Avid Certified User certification, which is recognised by post production houses globally and could provide an advantage over competitors for that first edit assistant job.

Who is this course for?

This highly practical course is ideal for anyone who is passionate about television and video production who wishes to further this fast-paced industry. The optional units mean students can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and ambitions, for example, live, multi-camera studio work, editing and post-production, or producing and organising production teams.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall

  • 240 CATS from two years of a three year relevant degree programme or equivalent.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points

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.


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
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Producing and Managing Productions

Options

One of :

  • Studio Series development and Production
  • Post Production II
  • Experimental Media – Distribution and Exhibition

Plus one of :

  • Motion Graphics
  • Experimental Media
  • Collaborative Project – Drama
  • Collaborative Project – Music
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice

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
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

In each of our three multi-camera TV studios, you will find a full HD set-up complete with state of the art vision mixing consoles, a multi-channel talkback system and digital audio/lighting controls.

  • 3 x HD multi-camera studios.
  • A range of high end HD and 4K cameras and ancillary equipment.
  • 70+ fibre networked Adobe Premiere and FCP X edit workstations.
  • 20+ Avid Media Composer edit workstations.
  • Post-production sound and colour grading suites.
  • A well-stocked equipment rental desk.

These facilities are well suited to the collaborative working encouraged on this course – you could have a presenter in Studio A interviewing a guest in Studio D before introducing a band playing live in Studio C, with audio channels mixed in a dedicated music recording studio. In each of our three multi-camera TV studios, you will find a full HD set-up complete with state-of-the-art vision mixing consoles, a multi-channel talkback system, and digital audio and lighting controls.

You’ll also benefit from access to our full range of general learning resources and extracurricular opportunities. These include our 24-hour library, high-spec IT resource centres and modern sports/fitness facilities.

Students have the opportunity to gain industry recognised certification as an Avid user.

Your future

Graduates can expect to look for jobs in any area of the TV production industry. Entry level jobs could be:

  • Edit assistant
  • Junior researcher
  • Runner
  • Third assistant director
  • Floor assistant.

Talented graduates could then progress to roles such as:

  • Production coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Picture editor
  • Camera assistant, and many more.

There are also many production related jobs outside of the broadcast industry, with opportunities within the charity sector, local and national government, emergency services, the financial sector and the large corporate and training video market.

Industry links

The School has developed strong industry links and has worked with the likes of Glastonbury Festival for many years.

Students may also have the opportunity to meet and question some of the country’s top industry professionals in film and television. Recent guest speakers include Sir Alan Parker (BAFTA winning director, Bugsy Malone, Evita, Mississippi Burning), Mick Audsley (BAFTA winning editor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Everest, Allied, Twelve Monkeys), Eddy Joseph (BAFTA winning sound editor, Casino Royale, United 93, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Walter Murch (Oscar and BAFTA winning sound and film editor, Tomorrowland, Apocalypse Now, Jarhead, The Godfather), Nick McPhee (editor, The Durrells, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin), Julian Unthank (screenwriter, New Tricks, Sword of Vengeance) and John Lloyd (producer, QI, Blackadder, No Such Thing as the News).

Placements

Although not a core requirement of the course, students are encouraged to undertake work placements, and can select an option unit that involves a requirement for work placement.  All students are encouraged to make the most of the many opportunities that are provided through the University to enhance their experience and become more work ready. 

The University have an in house production company, Solent Productions, where you can gain experience on a range of genres. In addition, Solent Creatives is an outward facing agency which matches client requirements to student expertise.

We make every effort to allow work experience to be undertaken at any time during the course.

Students on the full three-year degree programme have gained work experience opportunities on TV shows including The X Factor, The Big Question, Mastermind, Britain’s Got Talent, The Martin Lewis Money Show and Caught on Camera. Placements have also been undertaken at local production companies including Woodcut Media and BBC South, and other organisations including Southampton FC and Hampshire Cricket.

Further study

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