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Studying for a degree shouldn't just be about dusty books and dissertations

7th April 2017

Studying for a degree shouldn't just be about dusty books and dissertations. It's the people you meet. It's the skills you learn. Most importantly, it's the things you do.

Our focus on doing - putting yourself out there and getting your work noticed from day one - empowers students to create real and meaningful change. Whether it's industry innovation or simply a change in personal circumstance, this appetite for change sits at the heart of everything we do.

So when it comes time to leave Solent and enter the workplace you'll be feeling confident and ready to get stuck straight in. After all - you've been doing this stuff for years.

Interior design for IKEA and Virgin.

Creating interiors for Virgin Holidays and IKEA

After graduating from BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration, Shannon barely had time to catch her breath before landing major contracts.

Her first big break was with Virgin Holidays, who spotted her flair for interesting wallpapers and fabrics while she was exhibiting at the New Designers Exhibition in London.

She now works with IKEA's interior design team: "Each day consists of new and fun ideas, creating room settings that are inspirational and functional."

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Working with Carnival UK

Project managing at Carnival UK

Molly Sutton, a BA (Hons) Television and Video Production graduate, has been working with Carnival UK to create a look-book for staff on cruise ships all around the world.

During her ongoing 12-week internship Molly was given responsibility for the entire project - managing budgets and pulling together all the different teams that were involved. 

“I thought it was a great opportunity to get my foot in the door with such a reputable company."

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Success for student screenwriter

International success for student screenwriter

BA (Hons) Film Production student David Barbeschi has scooped top prizes at the Los Angeles Film awards and Glasgow Monthly Film Festival with his latest screenplay, PAWNS.

"When I think about Solent's Film Production course, I think about the fact that back in 2014 when I started, I had no idea how filmmaking worked.

"However, due to the hands-on approach the course takes, I was able to improve to the point where I am having this current level of success."

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Working with Michael Kors

Fashion marketing: Working for Michael Kors

Jemma Hill, a BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing alumna, is now working for one of the biggest names in fashion, Michael Kors.

"I go to Paris a lot of the time as we have our head office there. I help select the products for the next six months

"I’m an account executive responsible for Edinburgh airport, so everything you see in there was selected by me! Soon I’ll start travelling to other airport retail locations, so it’s really exciting."

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Coaching innovation

Launching innovative community sport coaching projects

The Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP) gives students from BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development the chance to launch community projects.

Students are challenged to deliver a sustainable project in conjunction with local schools, public services and sport organisations.

“The CIP is one of the best things I had the opportunity to experience while at Solent - it gave me an insight into the way organisations develop partnerships.”

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Photography award winner

Prestigious award for Solent photography alumni

Southampton Solent alumnus Chris Lanaway has taken his photography from strength to strength since graduating from BA (Hons) Photography in 2014.

His most recent work saw him scoop a top prize in an Association of Photographers junior assistant competition. 

"Winning the award has brought quite a bit of attention - my social media streams have been going insane in the weeks following the announcement."

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Superyacht student wins award

Superyacht student recognised for outstanding achievement

Former superyacht deckhand Alex Boulton has been presented with The John William Slater Award for outstanding achievement in his Officer of the Watch Unlimited studies.

“It was a fantastic course at Warsash and the support I received from the Slater Fund, Marine Society and tutors was incredible.

"It really gave me the impetus to apply myself and work hard to achieve the results I got.”

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Music journalism magazine

Audio Addict: Eight years of launching careers

January saw students publish the latest edition of Audio Addict, Southampton Solent University’s music magazine.

Magazine cover stars have included big names like Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Everything Everything and You Me at Six.

“I've taken a number of music journalism students on for work experience as a result of the great work they’ve done on Audio Addict" - James McMahon, editor of Kerrang! magazine.

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