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About the course

Are you interested in working in the media industry? Are you confident around the latest technology? Southampton Solent University’s video and streaming technology programme will help you get up-to-speed with the latest technical standards, developing a comprehensive understanding of broadcasting technology as well as the core computing and electronics skills that underpin it.

Students studying video and streaming technology will spend much of their time using our industry standard broadcast and media facilities. These include a HD outside broadcast vehicle, multitrack music recording studios, radio and television production studios, editing suites, video laboratories and a Dolby certified private cinema, featuring Dolby Atmos film playback and mixing environment.

Video and streaming technology students also use our dedicated electronics lab, where they will test circuits and learn to modify or service broadcasting and production equipment.

Students are also encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills throughout their degree. These include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

This course focuses on the technical side of broadcast production, covering the installation, operation and management of both live and pre-recorded broadcast technology.

What does this course lead to?

Southampton Solent University has a 20-year history of producing successful media technology graduates. Solent alumni can be found working with Visions, SiS, F1, Bloomberg, Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios, Teddington Studios, ITV, the BBC and Sky and many more.

Who is this course for?

This is the perfect course for those wishing to pursue a career in the media industry, in roles such as broadcast engineer, camera operator or satellite transmission quality engineer.

The course content allows students to learn the fundamentals of streaming technology before specialising in areas such as sound design, cinema technologies and television operations. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island 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

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

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
  • Core Skills
  • Signals and Sources
  • Engineering Physics
  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Video Production Techniques

Year two

Core units
  • Managing Projects 
  • Electronic Applications
  • Computing and Networking
  • Media Formats
  • Video Systems

Options

  • Audio Systems
  • Sound Design
  • Television Operations

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

Year three

Core units
  • Media Technology Project
  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Broadcast Systems Design

Options

  • Cinema Technologies
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Communication Signal Processing
  • Formats and Workflow
  • Event Management

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

Meet the course team

Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Head of Subject View profile
Polly Long academic profile Polly Long Course Leader View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh Senior Lecturer View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
James Jiang academic profile James Jiang Associate Professor 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

Our outside broadcast (OB) truck runs in full HD with three Ikegami HD55 system cameras, four Panasonic 371 cameras, a For-A 12-input vision mixer, a Blackmagic 40 x 40 vision router and a 96-channel Vi6 sound desk, as well as picture and waveform monitoring, PMC audio monitors, a Pyramix multi-track recording system and a Trilogy intercom system.

Throughout the course you’ll use industry-standard ProTools|HD and Pyramix digital audio workstations for audio production tasks.

You’ll also be able to use our electronics lab for systems testing and circuit building, including professional analogue and digital live sound desks and modelling software.

Further specialist facilities include: five multi-track music recording studios, four radio studios, a 5.1 surround sound video dubbing studio, a 5.1 post-production suite, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, two multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a full 5.1-equipped, high-definition, multi-camera outside broadcast vehicle.

There is also a wide range of location equipment for recording and live events, including green screen.

Investment into 4K technology has already begun, allowing students to use the latest professional standards. Students benefit from Southampton Solent’s links with the BBC, ITV, Arqiva, Global Media and independent facility providers. 

Your future

Solent’s media technology courses have an excellent graduate employment rate, with a number of companies regularly recruiting directly from us.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Broadcast video or audio engineer
  • Picture editor camera operator
  • Studio assistant
  • Post-production and transmission engineer
  • Digital cinema development engineer
  • Satellite transmission quality engineer. 

Industry links

Many members of the course team are active industry practitioners, working with radio, TV and cinema companies across the UK. This gives you access to close links with many broadcasters, facility providers and manufacturers, and the opportunity to take part in visits to industry organisations such as BBC Southampton, Turner Broadcasting Europe and Framestore.

You’ll also receive guest speakers from companies and organisations like Ericsson, Dolby and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers SMPTE), as well as attending the UK’s largest broadcast video event, BVE, in your final year.

Placements

Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with the technical broadcast and production of coverage for local and national events.

The academic team is made up of practitioners from a variety of industry backgrounds. In previous years their network of contacts have provided further potential employment opportunities and work placements to students.

Students will then have the opportunity to take the skill that they have learnt on campus and apply them to a range of real-world briefs. In the past students have helped produce coverage of University events; recorded at Glastonbury, Truck and Butserfest music festivals; and worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain on their prestigious 25th anniversary concert.

Graduate stories

James's story

James Williams -

I initially chose the course at Solent because of the amazing facilities they had on offer compared to any other university I had looked at. My interview was friendly and insightful, rather than the grilling you might expect from other universities which made it feel right for me. There was lots of mention of great job prospects for the future, something I now have first-hand experience of (not many graduates can say they have a definite job eight months before they graduate). The variety of work experience on offer and a chance to get really hands on was also a big selling point. For me there have been a lot of highlights, so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one! I’ve had some pretty cool work experience, working at Glastonbury Festival, mixing for Solent Productions and also for BBC 3. I’ve worked as a sound assistant on the X-Factor live show series which was an amazing experience that also taught me a lot about studio work. Last summer I project managed the University radio station rebuild and I gained some valuable experience during my internship at Ericsson. The list could go on…

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