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About the course

If you see yourself as a creative production specialist working in a multi-camera TV studio, Southampton Solent’s Skillset accredited television studio production degree will help you to develop programme ideas, including for interactive and multi-platform applications. You’ll also gain essential skills in directing, producing, research, camera operation, sound mixing, lighting and design, studio techniques and digital post-production, leaving you well prepared for a career as a media profession

Solent University has one of the largest HD studios in the south of England, which is capable of running ten cameras and seats an audience of 200. Recently, TV production students used this studio to direct and shoot a pilot for the QI production team.

The University’s multi-million-pound media academy boasts a wide range of radio and music production facilities and specialist edit suites containing Mac Pro computers installed with the full Adobe Creative suite for editing, colour grading and special effects work. Students also have full access to a comprehensive selection of professional studio equipment including 4K and HD video cameras, DSLRs, a wide range of lenses, lighting rigs, dolly equipment and sound equipment for on-location shoots.

In previous years, students have been expected to complete at least 120 hours of work experience during the course, with opportunities to carry this out embedded in the curriculum. 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 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.

Graduates have worked on a huge range of broadcast programming including Have I Got News for You, Strictly Come Dancing, Don’t Tell the Bride, Big Brother and The X Factor.

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

Solent’s television and studio production degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – the 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?

Graduates have gone on to roles including junior multi-skilled studio operator, freelance production co-ordinator, trainee technical operator and presentation scheduler, for companies including Greenfield Television Corporation and Discovery International. Past students have had the opportunity to work on live client briefs and develop a professional showreel, working with the University’s creative agency, Solent Creatives. Students who have previously studied television production degrees at Solent have recently won awards from the BBC and Royal Television Society.

Who is this course for?

Applicants to this television studio production programme should aspire to careers in studio production, vision mixing, online content curation, editing, floor management or other media industry roles.

Prior experience is desirable but not required - 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 P311
  • 4 Years Media Foundation Year P3P3
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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 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.


100%

of students have been able to contact staff when they needed to

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

Year two

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

Options

  • Cinematography
  • Beyond Television
  • Studio Series Production
  • Shooting Music
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business

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

Year three

Core units
  • Final Major Project
  • Studio Series Development/Production
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Options

  • Experimental Media
  • Collaborative Project: Drama
  • Collaborative Music Project 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 Productions

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

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Michael Saker academic profile Michael Saker 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

The course has access to three high-definition TV studios, with the largest 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 high-definition, and students also have access to 4K cameras and other new technology.

Solent’s media academy boasts a comprehensive range of modern film-making equipment, ranging from 4K and HD video cameras to DSLR full-frame cameras with a wide range of top-quality lenses and lighting kits. 

Students have full access to high specification HD TV studios with multiple camera set-ups. The largest of these features seating for a studio audience of over 200 people and allows for up to 10 cameras.

Your future

The course aims to provide graduates with the technical, creative and personal skills required to work in a TV studio environment. Graduates are likely to find work in studios as camera assistants or operators, production assistants, sound assistants or in the lighting team. Others will go into the field of research, teaching or production management.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Camera operation
  • Sound recording
  • Vision mixing
  • Floor management
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Production management
  • Online content production.

90%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course
  • Television production at Solent isn't just a course of education, it's an experience. It’s one that encouraged, enlightened and empowered me to achieve in the industry. It really was the time of my life.

    James Bailey, 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. Ongoing collaborations with football clubs and music festivals such as Glastonbury mean that production work on location is embedded in the curriculum and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career potential.

The school of media benefits from a large range of guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent speakers have included Anne V Coates (Oscar-winning editor), Paul Franklin (Oscar-winner for visual effects for Inception), Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot) and Sir Alan Parker (director of Fame, Evita, Bugsy MaloneThe 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 on projects including music festivals, corporate and promotional work. Recent examples include filming live bands such as Rudimental, transmitted on BBC Three.

Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience with the University’s in-house company, Solent Productions and Solent TV, the University’s student-run online TV channel.

The School of Media Arts and Technology has a long history of providing work experience opportunities for students over the summer, working in a variety of crew roles at music festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters and Bestival. 

Television studio production students have gained work experience placements on programmes including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Mastermind and The Big Question.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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