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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 Skillset-accredited television post-production 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 television post-production 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.

 

Additional qualification Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Southampton Solent’s television post-production degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – a mark of quality reserved only for courses recognised by industry as 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?

BA (Hons) Television production is well suited to students with backgrounds in media studies or media production, although neither is required.

Applicants should aspire to careers in post-production, sound mixing, colour grading, production or digital animation.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P318
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year PPP3
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory final major project-final film expenses in year three: £330
Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £1,375; £1,430 and £1,540 respectively.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

280 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.

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 proficients 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.


94%

of students feel the library resources and services are good enough for their needs.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

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

  • Writing for Television
  • Introduction to Post-Production: Editing
  • i.media
  • Research for Television
  • Introduction to Studio
  • Introduction to Single Camera

Year Two

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

Options

  • Cinematography
  • Beyond Television
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business

Year Three

  • Final Major Project
  • Post-Production 2
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Options

  • Experimental Media
  • Sound Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Collaborative Project: Drama
  • Collaborative Project: Music
  • The Sound of the Story
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

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

2%

Written Exams

80%

Assessment by coursework

18%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Course Leader View profile
Julian Konczak academic profile Julian Konczak 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

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 will 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.

93%

of students think the timetable works efficiently as far as their activities are concerned.

91%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things.
  • 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 connections

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 Anne V Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Mick Audsley (Oscar winning editor) Paul Franklin (Oscar-winner for visual effects on Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer onTrainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Mississippi Burning).

 

Placements

All students will need to complete at least 120 hours of work experience during the course, and you’ll be expected to spend time on industry-based placements. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on external projects for a variety of clients.

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

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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