There is no doubt that full time study is tiring and at degree level it is can seem like a marathon. Whilst the Media Technology programme has been designed to be applied, it can sometimes still feel like a lot of theory to take on board. But did you know that you can suspend your studies for a year to complete an industry placement?
Several of our industry contacts have year-long internships available and this can be a great way to apply your knowledge and turbocharge your CV. Several students take up internships each year – usually between their second and third years. Over the last academic year we’ve had students at Evertz, Ericsson, Dolby and FocusRite.
Hannah is about to complete her internship at Evertz before returning for her final year of Broadcast Systems Engineering. Early in her placement, she built and installed a prototype cloud playout system in Washington and has continued to work on IP infrastructures since. Evertz have been at the forefront of IP broadcast networks and have developed several standardised architectures and protocols such Software Defined Video Networks. The project Hannah has been working on recently won the IABM Game Changer award at NAB and is expected to go live before she leaves.
It sounds like Hannah has really enjoyed her time at Evertz and we look forward to learning more from her on her return in September. The course team often post opportunities via the Media Technology Programme forums on SOL and Facebook or you can organise your own placements. Talk to your course leader or the student hub if you’d like to suspend your studies for a year out in industry.
If you’ve ever spoken to our students or course team, you’ll be aware that our graduates benefit from excellent employment rates. But not everyone wants to head directly into industry and there other options.
Sound Engineering graduate Hugo recently checked in to let us know that he’s now enjoying working towards a master’s degree by research at the University of Sydney, Australia. He originally signed up to a MArch Architectural Science (Audio and Acoustics) but found his knowledge and experience from Solent put him too far ahead! His Dean suggested he peruse his research interests directly instead.
Hugo is now researching acoustic ceiling systems and will be working with Australian architectural firm BVN on the design of their new head office in Sydney. BVN are world-renowned and have been involved in major projects such as Olympic venues.
Hugo has been very complimentary of the course team at Solent and says “the Sound Engineering degree from Solent is one of the most valuable degrees in acoustics out there, as I discovered when I was applying to different masters and asking around”. He also highly recommends Sydney University and their facilities if anyone feels like travelling half way around the world to get a masters!
We wish Hugo all the best for his studies and future projects.
Students from the Media Technology programme presented their thoughts on ‘technologies to look out for at IBC‘ to representatives from the IABM today. Topics ranged from virtual reality and immersive formats, to LED lighting panels and cloud-based editing. Andrew Jones and Dr Martin Salter were impressed by the students’ preparation and passion for their topics. Congratulations to Marco and Nashpal, who were chosen to attend the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM). Commiserations to those who were unsuccessful this year but the standard was very high and the staff were proud of your performance.
Marco and Nashpal will receive complimentary silver conference passes for the convention, access to networking events and social gatherings as well as registration for the IBC Rising Stars programme. This is all provided by the IBC. They will also have their accommodation and flights paid for and a generous daily allowance awarded by the IABM.
Southampton Solent University is the UK Higher Education partner for the IABM. Each year students from the Media Technology programme are eligible to apply for two places to the IBC conference via a two-stage application processing. Previous winners have benefited greatly from meeting professionals from across the globe and finding our about cutting edge technologies.
Yesterday saw the culmination of three years of hard work for our soon-to-be graduands. Final year Media Technology students presented their final year projects to the academic team and industry representatives during our annual technology exhibition “poster day”.
We had a new location this year based in the atrium of the new Spark Building; the exhibition benefited from a more spacious feel and was much more visible to passersby. The exhibition was well received by a number of professionals from a range of related industries. This gave the students excellent opportunities to network as well as practising their communication skills!
As usual there was an eclectic mix of sound, vision and acoustics based projects including design and build as well as research projects. It’s great to see what the students have achieved and to hear then talking so knowledgeably and passionately on a professional level.
Ben: Design and Build a Prototype Programmable Controller for a Swann PRO-650 PTZ Camera
Alex: Motion Detection within a Video Feed
Project Exhibition 2017
Phil: How does varying construction methods, and operation, change the characteristics of an effects pedal?
Matt: The Research and Development of a Personal In-Ear Audio Monitor Control System.
Jess: Reproduction of the auditory experience of a live music event.
This year we also held the second years’ ‘managing projects’ exhibition at the same time. The second years have spent the last six weeks intensively completing a group project having planned it earlier in the year. Each group produced a poster summarising their findings and was able to discuss their thoughts with our industry visitors. This was a great opportunity for the second years to get inspiration for their own final year projects and to discuss them with the third years and professionals.
Congratulations to all those involved for an excellent day. Special thanks have to be extended to the technicians and staff that worked tirelessly to prepare the venue and to issue all of the equipment.
Three second years from the programme attended a TeenTech event at Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday with some boxes of toys to help inspire the next generation of engineers. Rhian, Sam and Dan took along two table top activities to show 14-16 year-olds how science applies to exciting environments such as the media industry.
Rhian and Dan used two microphones and a high-speed audio capture card so pupils could measure the speed of sound from a hand-clap. Meanwhile Sam set up a slit experiment to show how different light sources produce different spectra. Media Technology were invited along by the Computing and Networking Programme and their demonstrations of a self-navigating robot and infrared gesture sensors complemented our activities nicely.
The Teen Tech website states: “TeenTech runs lively initiatives with a supporting Award scheme to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology. We work collaboratively with companies, Universities, business organisations and education business partnerships to build sustainable and imaginative programmes focussing on regions of greater social need in the UK and Europe.”
The event was very well attended by secondary school pupils as well as relevant industries and Universities. As the science sector struggles to recruit engineers it’s important that Solent takes its place promoting STEM subjects and providing pathways into fulfilling careers. We’ll be in Basingstoke next month at another TeenTech event with our colleagues from Computing and Networking.
Media Technology students were visited yesterday by founder and director of AKA Broadcast, Kris Whitely. Kris formed the company six years ago with the vision of creating a light-weight systems integration service that could bring the most appropriate equipment together to deliver cost-effective and timely projects. Since then AKA has worked with and for several big-name integrators such as Ericsson, Evertz, TSL, Gearhouse, SAM, Imagine Communications and VizRt to name a few. AKA Broadcast are also developing portable production kits and other out-of-the-box solutions to meet industry needs. Kris brought along one of the prototypes and showed students how a simple rig can be put together for small sports and music events.
The main purpose of Kris’ visit was to advertise some graduate positions within the company. AKA Broadcast have identified some niches in the market and are willing to invest in the next generation of broadcast engineers to help service those needs.
On the 27th April through to Monday 1st Teddy Rocks festival was in full swing. With multiple stages and tents it was a challenging technical brief but Media Technology student delivered for the charity event. Students provided technical support for their Production and Journalism cousins who were providing all the coverage and feeds for the event.
Nick Arbenz and Oliver Davies acted as technical lead and point of call respectively. Using the OB Truck as the centre of operations for main stage, feeds from 9 cameras and sound were fed in, vision mixed and distributed to the large screens next to the stage as well as screens in the VIP areas. A key technical challenge for this was the integration of a variety of formats including system cameras, Go Pro’s and laptop feeds.
The sound was mixed and recorded to accompany footage that would later be pieced together to use in advertising the event and as show reels for some of the bands involved. The event was a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate their ability to be self-sufficient and professional. Well done to all those involved.