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Solent University (Southampton)

Film and Television with Media Foundation Year

UCAS Code: PP30

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

PPP

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

MM

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

MP

AS

A

In combination with other qualifications.

Extended Project

A*

In combination with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D*

In combination with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

In combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M

UCAS Tariff

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A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully. We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, 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.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A
67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Film studies

Television studies

Looking to venture into the exciting world of film and television? This one year media foundation programme will help you develop fundamental media skills and build a broad knowledge of television and film to leave you well prepared to progress onto a media or media-related degree at Southampton Solent University.

Solent’s foundation year in media offers students a stimulating introduction to both the study of media and the production of media content. Students are encouraged to develop their creative and technical skills across a wide range of production mediums, such as digital video production, digital photography, audio and sound, and online, and will also discover how media shapes our lives, giving them a solid understanding of media and leaving them well-prepared to progress on to a full media or media-related degree at Solent.

The course team’s strong industry links may provide students with the opportunity to listen to and learn from many leading industry guest speakers. A number of visiting fellows and professors from the worlds of film, television, media and music have previously guested, and past high-profile speakers have included film directors Sir Alan Parker and Hugh Hudson, and the R&B star, Craig David.

Solent University offers students a supportive learning environment and teaching on the media foundation year is delivered by a dedicated course team. Face to face academic support is also available to students and is complemented by 24/7 access to the University’s virtual learning environment.

Modules

Following your foundation year, you will study: Year one*Core units*POV: Deconstructing the Screen*Establishing Shot: Film and TV Genres*Television Studio: Factual Production*Filming Fiction: Drama Production*Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page *Close Up: Forms and Industries*Year two*Core units
*The Critic: Screen Criticism and Creative Analysis*Censored Screens: Film and TV Controversies*Brief Encounters: Short Film Theory and Practice*Television Drama: The Pilot*Shooting Shorts: Mainstream and Alternative*Options*The Cinematographer*Crime and Noir
*Screenwriting*The Review: Popular Film and Television Criticism*Post-Production: Image and Sound*Directing Actors for the Screen*Guerrilla Film-Making*Cult Film and TV*Freelancing at Solent Creatives*Model Your Own Business*Languages*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.*Year three*Core units*In Focus: Screening Contemporary Culture*Global Screens: The Transmedia Age*Professional Practice Portfolio*Final Major Project: Dissertation/Screenwriting/Production*Options
*Acting and Performance *The Director*The Time Machine*Sex on Screen*After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture*Freelancing at Solent Creatives*Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice*Creative Business Start-up
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
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Film studies
75%
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Television studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
66%
Male students
34%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
98%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Film studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£16k

£20k

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£23k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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