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Media Production with Foundation Year in Media

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Media production

Solent’s foundation year in media offers students a stimulating introduction to both the study of media and the production of media content.

You will be encouraged to develop creative and technical skills across a wide range of production mediums, such as print, online, video production, digital photography, audio production, and will also discover how media shapes our lives, giving you a solid understanding of contemporary media making and leaving you well-prepared to progress on to a full media-related degree at Solent.

The course team’s strong industry links provide you 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 a supportive learning environment and teaching on the foundation year in media is delivered by a dedicated course team. Face to face academic support is also available, and is complemented by 24/7 access to the University’s virtual learning environment.

To support learning, students have access to Solent’s industry-standard media production facilities.

**What does this course lead to?**
Upon successful completion of the foundation year in media, you can progress onto the BA (Hons) Media Production course.

**Who is this course for?**
This foundation year is designed to help you build basic media making skills ahead of starting a full undergraduate media-related degree at Solent.

Typical candidates either haven’t yet met the entry requirements needed to start on the first year of an undergraduate course or have spent time away from education.

Modules

FOUNDATION MODULES
Media Design
Narrative Media Project
Online Media Project
Research for Media Making
Individual Media Project
Media Industries

If you successfully complete the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BA (Hons) Media Production degree course. Please note that some of the modules below may change.

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Producing: Selling Stories
Audio: Live Stories
Photography: Still and Stories
Creating Your Brand
Post-Production: Editing Stories
Video Production: Stories for Clients

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Your Brand Online
Documentary Video Production
Podcasting
Photographing Communities
Producing for Online Platforms

YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Social Media Marketing
Drama Production: Managing Projects

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Final Major Project
Media Work
Producing for Social Media
Future Stories

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Media Events
Contemporary Photographic Practice
Mobile Audio Storytelling

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a combination of written work, critical reflections, practical projects undertaken both individually and in groups, presentations, pitches, print design projects and online portfolios.

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
£12,000
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£12,000
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

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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.

83%
high
Media production

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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

76%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
high
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 about your long term prospects?

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

Media, journalism and communications

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

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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