About School

With a population of around 11,000 staff and students, Solent University offers over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects as diverse as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. Every year we are joined by around 10,000 additional students on short professional courses. Rated five stars for teaching and inclusiveness in the QS World Rankings, and winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, the University was also awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance Agency kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning, and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in Which? University’s 2013 and 2014 student polls.

Solent University is all about creating opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions. We’re focused on the practical side of higher education – giving our students the connections, experience and confidence to turn their newfound knowledge into a career with real, meaningful impact. Whoever you are, whatever your goals, we want to help you make your mark. We are dedicated to the pursuit of university education that enables learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders. We are committed to promoting economic and social prosperity for the communities we serve. Put simply - we want Solent graduates to be the passionate, creative professionals of the future, bringing expertise and energy into their communities and workplaces.

General Info

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Courses

BA (Hons) Animation

On this creative course you’ll learn from professional animators, experimenting with styles ranging from drawn animation through to stop-motion and CGI on your way to becoming a highly trained and multi-disciplined animation professional. You will bring your concepts to life using industry-standard animation facilities - learning the full production process from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques. This three year programme also gives you the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio that’s perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Are you hoping to work and study at the point where art meets communication? This challenging course explores a range of techniques including web design, UX design and motion graphics and delivers all the skills you’ll need to start a career as a graphic designer. Graphic design at Solent University encourages you to explore a range of professional techniques and develop your own unique visual style. Throughout the course you will create visual products for a range of printed and digital mediums, and explore academic theories and visual culture in the context of contemporary graphic design. Your professional development is supported by a wide range of high-end printing and design facilities. These include two Vandercook letterpresses, three screen print beds and three Intaglio/etching presses for calligraphy and etching work. Students also have access to photographic studios and darkrooms; a fully equipped workshop for metal and wood-working, and Apple Macs with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.

BA (Hons) Illustration

On this innovative course you can turn your stories and creative concepts into narrative by exploring the art of illustration and visual communication in children’s and adult’s narrative, together with editorial and journalistic illustration. BA (Hons) Illustration scored 93% overall student satisfaction for NSS 2020. In dedicated studio space at our Below Bar campus, you’ll have the room, equipment and academic support to reach your full potential. You’ll study a variety of modules such as Orientation, Concepts and Themes, Visual Language, Critical Discourse, Editorial, The Society of Superstition and Phobias and Research and Authorship; with options to specialise in your preferred area of creativity. You’ll also propose, plan and produce a body of work that will draw together your technical and conceptual skills and demonstrate competence in studio protocols and proficiency in applying methods, materials and technologies. This innovative degree explores the art of illustration and visual communication in children’s and adult’s narrative, together with editorial and journalistic illustration which explores new approaches to contemporary illustration.

BA (Hons) Product Design

Are you fascinated by how design can influence and improve modern life? Do you want to design the products, devices and solutions of the future? BA (Hons) Product Design scored 95% overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). Product design is the blend between art and engineering, and the projects you undertake will bring together both sides of this fascinating discipline – helping to ensure a balanced portfolio and inspiring you to become a confident creative designer. Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of learning experiences, and the necessary support to develop transferable skills that enable you to work within the broader creative industries after graduation. A number of modules also allow you to create, make and retail products in our shop Re:So, and many students also work on professional freelance jobs in their second year through our Solent Creatives initiative.

 

BA (Hons) Computer Games (Art)

Looking to launch a career at the point where art meets gaming? This professionally accredited computer games art degree focuses on digital art production, giving you a broad understanding of the technology that holds computer games together and helping you to become well versed in art direction, character creation and environment design. Alongside the development of creative design and art direction skills, this computer games art degree covers computer graphics, the business of games, employability and project management. This broad comprehension will help put students in the best possible position to find employment after graduation. Students benefit from free access to our dedicated high-spec computer games lab, where they can make use of industry-standard software from Adobe, Autodesk and Epic (Unreal Engine).

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

Take your creative gaming ideas and turn them into marketable gaming products on this exciting undergraduate degree. You’ll work with experienced academics and industry professionals, designing and developing ideas into finished games preparing you with the skills and knowledge for a fascinating career after graduation. Starting with fundamental design tools, the course focuses on creating and prototyping compelling games that engage players and build game experiences. You'll be learning the production pipeline, and building computer games using state-of-the-art game engines. As part of your learning journey, you will also learn how to build unique game controllers, work in a motion capture studio, explore virtual reality or even build your own independent game development studio. Throughout your studies, you’ll benefit from access to dedicated gaming labs providing all the specialised software you’ll need: Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance to name just a few. You’ll also have access to console development kits, a motion capture studio, a mobile devices lab and a range of consumer gaming/VR hardware: all for student use.

BA (Hons) Computer Generated Imagery

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) is everywhere and if you are interested in the visual side of any industry, you can explore that with CGI. Our CGI degree brings the latest cutting-edge techniques and industry standard software into the curriculum, as well as offering you the flexibility to apply your learning in almost any field. CGI is a mix of the artistic and the creative, and this degree supports you by nurturing and building both sides. You may come to us with no 3D experience, or you may have been producing your own models or animations before, either way our small group sizes enable us work with you individually to develop your CGI skills – helping you to meet industry expectations in your chosen direction. This course is designed to help you evolve from being a learner, to a practitioner with strong creative and technical awareness. You will explore many different areas of CGI to help you build a wide skill base, before focusing on a more specialist area with exactly the skills your chosen industry requires.

BA (Hons) Film Visual Effects

You may have explored VFX before using software such as After Effects, or you may just be starting out. There is a lot to learn and becoming good requires an artistic eye for detail and technological know-how, we will support you to build on your experience level and get the best out of you. Once you get into VFX you will realise there is a hugely diverse set of opportunities ranging from motion capture to matte painting, from compositing to creature effects (CFX), and our degree will give you the opportunity to forge your own career path from a good foundation based on industry practice. We also work closely with you to help you network with industry and make that important first move into a VFX company. Through good social media practice, guest speakers and our weekly forums, annual events such as CGFX and our Grad Show, and trips, you can get your work viewed and critiqued by industry and get yourself known. Employers love team players. Based in the film department, this degree gives you great opportunities to collaborate with other students from film, CGI, performance, animation, audio, music and many more to produce fully complete pieces that could be entered for film festivals or other competitions.

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