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Solent Open HouseSeason of graduate shows and community engagement

Welcome

Solent’s brand-new Open House celebrates the fantastic work of Solent University students and staff in a month-long season of events and activities that are open to the public.

From Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 29 June, we're offering an eclectic and vibrant programme of free events showcasing the rich variety of our courses and the amazing projects of our final year students in their graduate shows.

This year’s event has something for everyone, from our broad range of creative arts – including film, media, musical theatre, fine art, photography, fashion, interior design, hair and make-up design, and prosthetics and special effects – to the Business and Law Department Student Conference, the maritime simulation centre, and staff talks on photography, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, and female entrepreneurship in business.

The majority of the activities and shows will be taking place on our state-of-the-art city centre campus - see below for the full programme.

As some of the events are space-limited, please ensure you register your interest and book your place using the booking links.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!

Three female students walking in the sunshine

Welcome

Solent’s brand-new Open House celebrates the fantastic work of Solent University students and staff in a month-long season of events and activities that are open to the public.

From Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 29 June, we're offering an eclectic and vibrant programme of free events showcasing the rich variety of our courses and the amazing projects of our final year students in their graduate shows.

This year’s event has something for everyone, from our broad range of creative arts – including film, media, musical theatre, fine art, photography, fashion, interior design, hair and make-up design, and prosthetics and special effects – to the Business and Law Department Student Conference, the maritime simulation centre, and staff talks on photography, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, and female entrepreneurship in business.

The majority of the activities and shows will be taking place on our state-of-the-art city centre campus - see below for the full programme.

As some of the events are space-limited, please ensure you register your interest and book your place using the booking links.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!

Three female students walking in the sunshine

Degree shows

The end-of-year degree shows showcase a whole range of stunning work from students within the Department of Art and Music, the Department of Film and Media, and the Department of Science and Engineering.

There will be a mixture of work from students finishing their degrees in fine art, fashion design, make-up and hair design, architecture, photography, and interior design, to only name a few.

Take a look below at what's happening and when.

Art and design

Fine art degree show

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: A301 - Andrews Building

Photography degree exhibition

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Photography studios - John Everett Millais Building

A female student with pink hair painting

Fashion and beauty

Fashion degree shows

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: The Spark - Atrium and TS110, TS111, TS112, and TS113

Make-Up and Hair Design and Prosthetics and Special Effects Design degree show

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: A201, A202 - Andrews Building

Student work from the 2022 fashion degree show

Film, TV and media

Film and media graduate shows - public preview

Date: 29 May
Time: 5-8.30pm
Location: The Spark Atrium

Join us for an unforgettable evening as the Department of Film and Media showcases the incredible talents of our graduating students. This end-of-year degree show is not just an exhibition, it's a vibrant celebration of creativity, innovation, and hard work. Expect food, refreshments, entertainment and, importantly, exhibitions and screenings of our graduates' creative endeavours.

Book your place
Student with a camera

Musical theatre, and acting and performance

Performance showcase event

Date: 14 June
Location: JM315 - John Everett Millais Building

Register now >

Solent University X Showtime - Musical Theatre Cabaret

Dates: 26 and 27 June
Time: Doors at 7pm
Location: Stage Door, Southampton

Presenting a brand-new musical Suffragettes in Trousers, written and produced by Solent University third year performance students. And a cabaret showcase of well-known musical theatre songs.

Suffragettes in Trousers follows the journey of Albert Jeffries, a struggling journalist in need of a good story to sell. When he is assigned to write an article on the suffrage movement, Albert discovers the untold stories of five suffragettes. But whose story does he decide to publish?

Book tickets for Showtime at the Stage Door
Performance students wearing all black in rehearsals

Architecture, interiors and construction

Architecture show

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: The Spark Lower Atrium (TS008 and TS009)

Prepare to be inspired at our architectural design and technology students' project show! Witness the creativity, detail, passion, and ingenuity of the next generation of architectural designers and technologists as they showcase their visionary designs and innovative solutions. Get ready to explore the future of architecture through their eyes. Stay tuned for a glimpse into the extraordinary.

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Interior design degree show

Date: 7 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: A209 (interior design) and A210 (interior design decoration) - Andrews Building

An interior design student stood in front of her work and holding a certificate

Research celebration events

Photography as a visual and intellectual language of research

Date: 13 June, 4-6pm
Location: JM Floor Zero, Social space - John Everett Millais Building

Join us for an in-conversation event in how Solent University's creative practice research in photography is pioneering in helping us think through wider cultural, societal and environmental issues.

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An evening with Miss Marple

Date: 14 June, 4-6pm
Location: LT1 - Andrews Building (above Costa Coffee)

Dr Mark Aldridge explores the behind-the-scenes story of the Miss Marple films, starring Margaret Rutherford, before a screening of Murder at the Gallop. Drawing on new research undertaken for his forthcoming book, Agatha Christie's Marple, Mark will share what Agatha Christie herself thought about the films and explore the battles over Miss Marple’s characterisation, as well as discussing the legacy of the films.

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A workshop on female entrepreneurship and stakeholder engagement

Date: 19 June, 2-4pm
Location: TS501 - The Spark Building

Join us at this workshop where Dr Whysnianti Basuki, Associate Professor in Business, will share her expertise in fostering meaningful collaborative partnerships to progress her research to the next level.

Register now >

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Gold standard teaching and opportunities

We've been rated as triple-gold in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - the only university on the south coast to achieve this standard. TEF recognises excellence in teaching, learning, and achieving positive outcomes for students, with gold status awarded only to universities offering outstanding student experience and career outcomes.

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Our open days are packed full of activities, tours and talks - all to help you discover what life as a student at Solent University is like.