About Us

The School of Media Arts and Technology is the largest School at Solent and covers a wide range of courses – currently over 40 undergraduate and a developing portfolio of Masters degrees – and encompass the whole range of skills across film, television, broadcasting, music (performance, recording, live production, promotion and management), sound engineering and acoustics, live sound, radio, photography, screenwriting, performance, animation, CGI, computer games development, and a diverse range of courses in computing (software engineering, business information technology, web design and development, and computer networking and security).

The aim of the School is to create courses which have employability and ‘real-world’ learning at their heart and can boast enviable, and often unique, connections with industry. We have unprecedented access to industry professionals through our Visiting Professors and Fellows programme, which currently boasts Oscar winning film editors, leading film directors from the British film industry, an Oscar and BAFTA winning Visual Effects Director, BAFTA winning Cinema and TV Sound Designers, an Oscar shortlisted screenwriter, TV and radio presenters, leading figures from music (from every field including producers, performers, songwriters, composers, managers, promotion and journalism); sound (film, TV, radio, location sound recordist, film sound mixers); cinematography, media law, screenwriting, film and TV producers, broadcast technology professionals, and music and media management; Games industry professionals include BAFTA winners and other leading AAA and indie games developers in all disciplines (production, art, code, sound, Q.A. etc.), and computing students benefit from visiting industry specialists across a wide range of disciplines.

Alongside the industry-focused curriculum there are numerous in-house opportunities which provide our students with professional work experience with real clients. These include Solent Productions, our professional film unit, Solent Music (who organise and run all things to do with music); SolentPost provides students with access to top class film and TV editors and editing opportunities; Solent Acoustics provides professional consultancy and training services on all aspects of noise and vibration control to a range of clients; the Games Academy and the Southern Independent Games Network provide support for student consultancy and, in conjunction with the University’s entrepreneurship scheme, support for fledgling student enterprises; and Solent Creatives introduces students to clients requiring creative and technology solutions. Alongside this we also run the University’s very own online student television platform SolentTV. We are a key partner in Southampton Film Week and we are home to Diegesis – a film and television review magazine. Additionally our students manage and operate Sonar Film and provide the technical facilities for Radio Sonar. They also run their own Live Events Society, providing PA facilities for local bands and venues.

As you would expect from a University dedicated to employability, the School boasts some of the best facilities in the UK – including three multi-camera HD green screen TV Studios, a 200 seat multicamera HD studio, an Outside Broadcast Vehicle, six music recording studios, eight radio studios, 4K cameras, a dubbing theatre, Foley studio and full 3-D 2k digital cinema, the latest computers, mobiles and tablets, games development kits, programmable drones and devices, VR equipment, MoCap suite, usability, and network, security and hacking labs.

Of course your best resource are our excellent staff! We have a mix of theoreticians, practitioners and technical instructors who are all very well qualified and experienced in their fields. Our lecturers hold a variety of higher degrees, teaching fellowships and professional industry accreditations. Many have attained, or are working towards doctoral qualifications, and are active in research at a national and international level. The School’s staff are collectively well published and have had some of their research is officially classified as ‘world leading!’ Our practitioners bring with them some amazing real life experience and skills gained in their careers in industry and now bring to the curriculum this unique perspective in order to educate the next generation of specialists.

The School takes very seriously its vocational aims and aspirations. As such, graduate employment rates are excellent and recent graduates have gone on to work in all the fields taught within the School often with major employers such as BBC, ITV, Sky, IBM, Accenture, HP, Arqiva, Fujitsu, NEP Visions, and many many more.

The School of Media Arts and Technology is dynamic, exciting and at the forefront of media production and education, and our ambition is to provide the world with the next generation of practitioners, innovators and leaders in our fields. As you can see, we have put huge efforts in to making the School the best possible platform to nurture new talents.

Paul Marchbank
Director, School of Media Arts and Technology

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