Hoping to pursue a degree in advertising, journalism, marketing or PR? Do you not yet have the necessary qualifications to study at degree level? This innovative foundation year will support you to learn new skills, gain academic confidence and develop your creativity in advance of a full honours degree at Southampton Solent University. During the foundation programme, students are encouraged to explore a range of different creative disciplines before specialising in one specific area. This practical programme begins with the opportunity to work on a media-based project as part of a small team. This project helps students to see how different content elements come together to make a final outcome. By working in teams, students also develop interpersonal and project management skills. The course is delivered in a supportive environment, learning a range of academic and study management skills. These skills include independent learning, time management, academic research and critical thinking. Students are also introduced to the business of the creative industries and get a taste of the employment opportunities that are available. Learning is hands-on with an emphasis on employability skills and real situations that students might experience in the workplace. Students will also develop new practical skills to support their chosen degree. These skills include photography, film, editing, audio production, website development, digital design, media and broadcasting. Study skills seminars and tutorials teach students advanced research techniques, how to write creative and compelling text, and how to think critically. Workshops introduce students to media production, photography, script writing, communications, IT skills, investigative journalism and creative writing. During the last part of the year students will work on a final project which is directly related to the honours degree they have chosen. Successful completion of the Journalism, Advertising and Marketing foundation year will provide a pathway to the Popular Music Journalism degree. Southampton Solent University’s music journalism programme can help you to develop the writing, broadcasting and media skills you’ll need to succeed as a professional journalist working in the music business. Students will hone their skills and begin to build a portfolio of published work by writing for Audio Addict, the University’s in-house music magazine. The magazine is professionally printed and distributed, and is enjoyed by an audience of over 40,000 people. Students are also encouraged to set up their own publications. Past students have launched the hugely successful national platform Noise Canon as well as the punk and hardcore digi-mag New Roots. Past music journalism students have taken a leading role in SMILEfest, interviewing guests, reviewing live shows and putting together event programmes and press releases for the attention of national music publications. Popular music journalism students have also benefitted from a range of guest speakers including: live events assistant from BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra, Mel Lewis; NME features editor, Laura Snapes; Libertines drummer, Gary Powell; label manager, Wayne Clarke; Mute Records’ head of press, Zoe Miller; tour manager, Tre Stead; Independent columnist, Fiona Sturges; Monkeytown Records recording artist and producer, Alex Banks; Radio 1 DJ, Danny Howard; legendary drum & bass DJ, Fabio; and CEO of The Association for Electronic Music, Mark Lawrence.