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About the course

Hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications into a full honours degree? This one year television studio production top-up course will build on your existing skills and prepare you for an exciting career in multi-camera TV studio production. With a strong focus on employability and on-the-job experience, you’ll graduate from the course with a full understanding of industry practices, technologies and workflows.

A key element of this course is collaboration with students from other media disciplines. Not only does this collaboration increase the size of your professional network, it also mirrors industry practices. You might want to bring in make-up expertise for your studio project. You might need special or visual effects work doing. You could commission a composer to write and produce your theme tune. Solent’s School of Media Arts and Technology runs courses in all these areas (and many more), so the skills you need to bring your project to life are all at your fingertips.

Our facilities are well suited to this kind of professional collaboration – 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.

The School has a long history of providing media technology students with exciting and prestigious work experience opportunities. Our close relationship with Glastonbury Festival will see you have the opportunity to apply for a range of production roles. Similarly, our links with Bestival, Camp Bestival and Boardmasters could see you engaging with work experience opportunities throughout the summer.

Our ever growing network of production graduates work in TV companies all over the country - both large and small. We regularly have our alumni offering work experience opportunities to current students. Our graduates work on shows including “The X Factor”, “Strictly Come Dancing”, “Would I Lie to You”, “Britain’s Got Talent”, “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

Guest lectures and work experience opportunities provide students with a genuine insight into life as a studio production specialist.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates can expect to look for jobs in any area of the TV production industry, with a particular focus on studio based employment.

Entry level jobs tend to include roles such as gallery runner, floor assistant and camera assistant. You can then expect to progress into roles such as vision mixer, gallery director, camera operator, floor manager and many more.

Who is this course for?

This television studio production top-up is designed to help students with qualifications at HND level (or equivalent) to ‘top-up’ to a full degree in just one year.

Candidates should be comfortable with hands-on media production and passionate about a career in multi-camera studio production.

Facts and figures

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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.

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-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.


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
  • TV Futures
  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Studio Series Development and Production

Options

One of :

  • Producing and Managing Productions
  • Experimental Media – Distribution and Exhibition

Plus one of :

  • Motion Graphics
  • Experimental Media
  • Collaborative Project – Drama
  • Collaborative Project – Music at Solent Productions
  • Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions
  • 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.

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.

Optional units give you the chance to tailor your knowledge and specialise in specific production roles.

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

Graduates can expect to look for jobs in any area of the TV production industry, with a particular focus on studio-based employment.

Entry level jobs tend to include roles such as gallery runner, floor assistant and camera assistant. You can expect to progress into a range of more senior roles including vision mixer, gallery director, camera operator, floor manager or many more.

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

Graduates from the full three year degree have gone on to work on a wide range of productions.

Productions include :

  • Top Gear
  • The X Factor
  • Would I Lie to You
  • Have I got News for You
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • Big Brother
  • Bastille Tour 2016
  • Come Dine With Me
  • Homes in the Country
  • Hunted
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners
  • Star Wars Episode VII
  • Immigration Street
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Holby City

Companies include:

  • BBC
  • BBC World
  • Channel 4
  • Sky News
  • Sky Sports News
  • Ricochet
  • Topical TV
  • Woodcut Media
  • Sunset + Vine
  • The Mill
  • Envy
  • The Farm Group

Industry links

The course team have fantastic links with industry and are very proud of the frequency and range of guest speakers who appear at Solent.

Recent guest speakers include Sir Alan Parker (BAFTA winning Director, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Evita’, ‘Mississippi Burning’), Walter Murch (Oscar and BAFTA winning Sound and Film Editor ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Jarhead’), and John Lloyd (Producer ‘QI’, ‘Blackadder’, ‘No Such Thing as the News’). We have also had specialist studio production masterclasses from David Coleman (Multi camera studio director – “Election 2015 Leader’s Debate”) and Stan Royle (Floor Manager – “Question Time”, “The Big Question”).

We also bring in industry professionals to observe and feedback on student projects, pitches and proposals. The unit “Working in the Creative Industries” is based around a series of guest lectures from industry professionals and is designed to give an overview of the wide range of routes available into the industry.

Our Skillset approval means we have access to a range of industry events such as the Royal Television Society (RTS) Masterclasses at the BFI in London. Close links with the RTS locally ensure students are able to attend all their events, including ‘Meet the Professionals’.

Placements

Work experience is a key component of this course and we will work with you to locate and secure the best opportunities. The University have an in-house production company, Solent Productions, where you can gain experience on a range of media projects. 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. There is no set time or duration of work experience.

Further study

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