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 Television Production Technology degree. Students studying television production technology will spend much of their time using our industry standard media facilities. These include a HD outside broadcast vehicle, multitrack music recording studios, radio and television production studios, editing suites, video laboratories and a 3D cinema. Students are then given the chance to apply the practical skills that they have learnt by taking part in work experience opportunities and live client briefs. Past students have worked on live broadcasts for the BBC, Glastonbury, Butserfest and Truck festival. Southampton Solent also benefits from strong links with the BBC, ITV, Arqiva, Ericsson, Global Media and various independent production companies The academic team is made up of practitioners from a variety of industry backgrounds. In previous years, their network of contacts have provided further potential employment opportunities and work placements to students. Students are also encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills throughout their degree. These include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.