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Course summary

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.


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 method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. This must be a Secure English Language Test (SELT)

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £12400 Year 1
International £12400 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12400 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

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Media Production with Foundation Year in Media at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS