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Do you want to make television programmes - research, organise, produce, direct or work with cameras and sound? Our ScreenSkills accredited television production degree will help you become a creative practitioner, ready for a fun and rewarding career in TV.

Television Production at Solent University is one of the leading TV courses in the country with 90% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Our talented graduates have gone on to work on productions such as Strictly Come Dancing, Love Island, The Repair Shop, Sky News, Fleabag and Game of Thrones. And it’s not just TV. our Alumni have also worked on films such as Avengers Endgame, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917 and many more. 

In a fast-changing world, television production remains a constant. The industry has shown resilience, innovation and creativity in delivering key messages to the public during crisis. It is worth £3 billion a year to the economy, having grown more than 40% since 2008 (PACT, 2019). Demand is high for talented creatives and hard-working, trained practitioners. 

This ScreenSkills accredited course is taught by experienced and passionate industry professionals, creating highly employable graduates year-after-year. With an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ you will produce, shoot and edit original programmes. 

Our students have a track record of producing award winning and broadcast quality work. You will work on dramas and documentaries, sports and music programmes, entertainment and reality TV. Build your skills with live briefs in the curriculum, and have the opportunity to get work experience on primetime television, summer music festivals and high-profile events. Develop your CV and join our expanding alumni network of industry professionals who will help you find the right career path. 

Along with dynamic lectures and seminars, you will take part in workshops and masterclasses led by award-winning professionals from the TV and film industries. Recent guest speakers have had credits on Top Gear, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Bohemian Rhapsody and many more. 

With real world learning and strong links to the industry, our students have the opportunity to gain unrivalled work experience at the BBC, the Royal Television Society, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, the Society of American Cinema Editors, Southampton Football Club, the NHS and many more. We are also the official University media partner for Glastonbury Music Festival. 

Throughout your studies you will have access to cutting edge 4K camera technology, over 70 editing suites, a fully equipped outside broadcast vehicle, and three high-end TV studios based in the University's top of the range Media Academy. 

This ScreenSkills accredited course will encourage, enable and empower you to become a creative practitioner. Start your journey to a successful career in TV at Solent.

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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Unrivalled work experience opportunities at music festivals and events such as Glastonbury, Camp Bestival and Boardmasters

What does this course lead to?

This ScreenSkills accredited course is perfect if you want to be a producer, director, camera operator, production manager, editor, sound recordist, researcher, writer and more in both TV and film.

Who is this course for?

We welcome applicants from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
It is recommended that all students have a television licence before arriving for study.

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.

With our ScreenSkills accreditation, you may also be eligible to apply for a Royal Television Society bursary. Visit this page to find out more.  

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • UK applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@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 15 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 the end of 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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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Single Camera Production
    Explore the theory and practice of single camera production, a vital component of documentary and fiction. Learn to tell effective visual stories, and develop professional standards of working using modern, industry-standard equipment.
  • Introduction to Studio Production
    Explore everything that goes on behind the scenes of a TV studio. Learn where to put a camera, sound capture, how shots are sequenced, how to light, scripting and running shows to time.
  • Introduction to Post Production
    Learn how an editor uses pictures and sound to tell a story. Develop a keen eye for detail, enhance your visual awareness, and learn the fundamentals of film grammar and how to apply them.
  • Introduction to Sound
    Get to grips with sound. Understand how it moves, how we hear, how sound can be manipulated and distorted. Learn industry standard equipment in recording, playback and editing, and how sound tells a story.
  • Screenwriting
    Learn the professional practices of the screenwriter’s trade. Learn to write, develop and pitch scripts for drama, documentary, studio programmes and more, and discover your own unique and distinctive voice.
  • Research and Development for TV
    Dive into the role of a production researcher – a fantastic way to learn how the television industry works, from commissioning to production, and develop the professionalism, communication and collaborative skills to impress potential employers.

Year two

Core modules
  • Live Briefs and Professional Practice 1
    Get to know the business and professional practice of production, including how to take a client brief and deliver on it, how to respond to feedback; and creating new business opportunities.
  • Live Briefs and Professional Practice 2
    Develop your professional production skills still further. Learn to manage a budget, adapt to changing briefs, and work within the industry’s legal and ethical frameworks, including media law, copyright and contributor consent.
  • Fiction Production
    Explore the many roles within fiction film, from production to visual effects, and discover your speciality – all while developing your own fiction film through scripting, story- and mood-boards, and production, resulting in a broadcast-ready short.
  • Documentary Production
    Explore the applied practices of documentary and factual production. From initial research through preproduction, managing contributors and building trust, you will shape your ideas, explore style and form, and deliver your own documentary film. 
  • Studio Production
    Advance your skills in all aspects of multi-camera studio production, creating a live programme using a range of studio-based equipment including a vision mixer, multi-channel audio mixers, studio cameras, camera control modules and teleprompt software.

Options

  • Cinematography
    Develop your cinematography skills with this concentrated look at the technical and aesthetic considerations needed before shooting starts, learning how to design specific looks and moods, and explore the camera roles available in television and film.
  • Shooting Music
    Learn to shoot music for television, understanding camera positioning, movement and cutting to suit the music. Get a practical understanding of stage building, lighting and effects on stage, digital enhancements and back projection.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Working in the Creative Industries
    Reflect on the skills and experiences you have gained, and create an individual learning plan that will help you identify a career path – whether freelancing, setting up your own business or working within an established organisation. 
  • Studio Series Development
    Learn to develop a rough idea into a shootable format and a workable script. Test your ideas in workshops and the studio, explore how to attract and build an audience, and learn the rules which govern broadcast TV.
  • Studio Series Production
    Produce your own series. Work as a specialist – producer, director, vision mixer, sound engineer, autocue operator, production assistant, VT/graphics operator, lighting director, CCU operator, camera operator, floor manager or presenter – within a collaborative team to turn your ideas into reality.
  • Final Major Project
    Put everything you’ve learned into practice. Work in teams to develop, research, plan, shoot and edit your own video project – drama, documentary, entertainment, web-based or studio-based multi-camera project – and demonstrate your professionalism and creativity.

Options

  • Collaborative Drama
    Enhance your teamwork and professional skills in this collaborative industry. Work with a pre-written script and an experienced director to create a short film with the collaboration of actors from Solent’s performance courses.
  • Collaborative Music Project
    Work collaboratively with music performance and film students to produce a short promotional video for the industry. Learn to tell a story, get behind-the-scenes, and share information in a concise, compelling and authentic way.
  • Production Management
    Get to grips with production. Develop an eye for detail and organisation, and really understand how a TV programme is made. Learn to operate a tidy schedule, adjust to the unexpected, organise resources, locations and equipment, and manage budgets.

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Students' work

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Kieron Butler academic profile Kieron Butler Course Leader 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. Our TV studios also include:

  • Tapeless Mac playout and recording, with Adobe Premiere and Blackmagic Media express.
  • Riedel Artist multichannel communications system.
  • Flip-Q prompting software.
  • Panasonic HPX301 studio cameras with full CCU control.
  • Panasonic HPX500 studio cameras with full CCU control.
  • Large format display multiviewers.
  • Dynaudio audio monitoring.
  • Fully configurable video routing system.
  • Clearcom Tempest 4-channel wireless beltpack communications.
  • Harris Waveform monitoring.
  • Riedel Mediornet inter-studio video, audio and comms links.
  • 8-channel Sennheiser radio mic systems.
  • Leapfrog 96 lighting desk and Lightfactory software and Lightfactory software.
  • Spot On multi-channel audio playout.

Television production students will also have access to Solent's 3D Digital Cinema with Dolby Atmos sound, over 80 networked edit workstations, post production sound and colour grading suites, a range of high-end cameras and ancillary equipment – all in HD or 4K, two outside broadcast vehicles.

This course is recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Your future

Graduates have worked on Star Wars Episode IX, DC’s Justice League, BBC’s Natural History Unit, Fleabag, Britain’s Got Talent, Have I Got News For You, Holby City, Would I Lie to You, Naked Attraction, The Circle, 24 Hours in A&E, Sky Sports, Amazon’s The Grand Tour, C4’s First Dates, Netflix, CNN, Pinewood Studios, Warner Brothers and many more.

Job roles include:

  • OB vision director
  • Producer
  • Assistant producer
  • Studio manager
  • Senior production coordinator
  • Studio bookings
  • Floor manager
  • Camera operator
  • Camera assistant
  • Freelance runner
  • Casting researcher
  • 3rd assistant director
  • Assistant editor
  • Head of visual effects
  • VFX Coordinator and more.
  • 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

Our course team are all from the television industry, experienced in drama, documentary, reality and entertainment, with credits including the BBC, ITV, BFI, and BAFTA.

We bring in a huge array of guest speakers from all corners of the industry. Recent speakers include producers John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder), Sabrina Sutherland (Twin Peaks), Kate Beal (Woodcut Media), Rob Butterfield (Ricochet TV), Nick O’Dwyer (Landmark Films) and Samantha Brewington (IMG Productions). Along with editors 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).

Work experience is embedded in our curriculum, and you will work on live briefs with external clients. Our students have filmed at Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, NASS, Teddy Rocks Festival, Viewpress TV, BBC South, EditFest and local TV production companies including Woodcut Media and Topical TV.

And our ScreenSkills accreditation ensures that our teaching is aligned to industry needs, using state-of-the-art technology and practical experience to give your degree value for money.

Placements

Work experience is a key component of our course and embedded within the curriculum. Get involved with our in-house production company, Solent Productions, where you can find work experience on a wide range of projects including collaborations with the BBC, filming at summer festivals and events, and create bespoke projects for external clients.

Graduate stories

Benjamin's story

Benjamin Ridley - Digital Video Producer at Inclusive Digital

What made you choose to study at Solent?
Getting access to the latest industry equipment and resources is very important, especially in an industry that is constantly evolving like TV. Solent had such a broad array of equipment, studio spaces, industry contacts and experienced lecturers that it was pretty much a no-brainer once I’d visited.  

What was the best part of your course?
Getting hands-on experience out in the field, from live events such as Glastonbury and Bestival, to creating short films. My first festival experience was Glastonbury during second year, I'd never been to a festival, let alone filmed at one, so I threw myself into the deep end, but I loved every second of it. I learnt the most while getting stuck in! 

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I’m a video producer by job title but I'm hands-on with a lot of aspects of production. Whether it’s liaising with clients on projects, filming out at events, live broadcasting over the web or editing, I enjoy getting stuck in wherever needed. I love working on large event productions because it always brings many technical challenges that you have to overcome, and I never stop learning from them.

What advice would you give to someone starting at Solent?
The best advice I could give is to make the most of the facilities and staff. The staff can really help you improve and develop not only career-wise but as a person. Three years sounds like a long time, but it goes in a flash. One hundred per cent make the most of every opportunity you can. 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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