Want to work in media technology, but not quite ready to study at degree level? This one year foundation course will provide you with a strong introduction to media and digital technology and help you build the skills and experience to gain entry on to one of our highly-regarded media technology degrees. You’ll learn the basics of media technology and its ever-closer relationship with computing and networking. Some modules are shared with students on the computing foundation year, meaning you’ll gain the necessary coding, networking, web, digital design and analytical problem-solving skills to complement your expanding media technology knowledge. An exciting and creative learning environment with opportunities to explore many of the technical, creative and fun aspects of media technology helps to underpin the requirements for study at degree level, and ultimately prepare you for a career using digital technologies. Personal development is key, and you’ll be supported in improving your academic confidence to start you on the road to becoming an independent learner. Teamwork is also encouraged, and you’ll work with fellow students on the presentation and delivery of a group project, which could involve designing and building a piece of media technology equipment; equipment testing; analysis of a media technology product; or exploration of new technologies within the media field. To help you begin building your professional network, you’ll have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, and join media societies and coding clubs, as well as work with other Solent students across varying disciplines. There may also be the chance to get involved with the University’s internal organisations, Solent Acoustics and Solent Productions, to start putting the skills you are learning into practice. Successful completion of the Media Technology foundation year will provide a pathway to the degree Live Sound Technology. Students studying live sound technology will have the chance to build these specialist skills by using our industry standard media facilities. These include radio and audio recording studios, Foley booths, digital mixing systems and channel desks. Students are also able to use our HD outside broadcast vehicle, giving them first-hand experience of the time and quality pressures associated with outside broadcasting. The course focuses on helping students to improve their employability. As such, past students have been given regular opportunities to conduct work experience at live music and sporting events. These opportunities have included work at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals. This course also offers students the opportunity to collaborate with students from Southampton Solent’s other creative programmes. This collaborative environment simulates real working practices and helps prepare learners to work with professionals from other disciplines after graduation.