This degree provides intensive professional training by active practitioners, along with modules in media analysis and contextual practice. You will spend roughly half your time engaged on practice/production-based work, and half your time addressing issues of context and theory concerning the media. You learn how to analyse media output and examine the relationships between media, society, politics, culture and technology.
We firmly believe that this balance delivers a rigorous and intellectually stimulating education, along with serious, professional training for a job in the media.
The lecturers are among the top names in their field, and the skills you learn and the ability to work in teams or alone are highly valued across media employment. Our recent graduates have gone to work for the BBC and the commercial radio sector (as broadcast assistants and producers, studio managers and researchers), as well as embarking on careers in digital media as web content producers.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
You begin with an Introduction to Radio module, before focusing on basic production skills, interview techniques, editing, mixing and ‘live’ studio operation. These skills are developed in Further Radio Production Skills, and a module dealing with news production, Journalism for Radio. You are also introduced to the frameworks within which the media operate and some of the major theoretical tools for analysing them, in the modules Media and Society, and Story, Sound, Image and Text.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
You will take modules in News and Magazine Programmes, which covers all aspects of live radio, and Radio Features, where you will work on ‘textured’ radio features. You can also choose optional modules in Music Radio, which include opportunities for outside broadcasts, and a module in advanced web media.
Two compulsory modules – Media Transformations, and Network Society and the Media – combine theory and analysis. You then choose two modules in Year 2 and two in Year 3.
We currently offer:
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Celebrity Culture and the Media
Contemporary Issues in Media Policy
Cultural Industries and Media Markets
Media around the Globe
Multiculturalism and the Media
News and Public Opinion
Sex, Violence and Censorship
Sound, Music and the Media
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
In your final year you take an extended module, Final Radio Projects, which involves making a series of complex and creative live radio programmes and a piece of individual audio, which might be a documentary, a social action campaign or a series of podcasts. You will normally take one or two more analysis modules of choice, and to complete the analytical work, you will produce an academic dissertation on any subject concerned with media or communication.
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