You will study the history and investigative nature of radio in line with the exciting changes in audio broadcast
You will explore radio skills in the context of both traditional and multi-platform environments while experiencing your role within a production unit
You will have the opportunity to produce both music and speech based programmes
280 to 300 tariff points from 3 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
Students interested in the radio, media and journalism industries would excel on this course.
Year one - Level C
This introduces you to the critical thinking and learning processes involved in studying media at academic level and beyond. It focuses on developing your information gathering, processing and presentation skills in order to develop your ability to form arguments based upon theoretical evidence.
Radio Production One
Introduces you to the basic concepts and techniques for understanding and producing multi-genre radio programmes and audio material. You will learn about the language and conventions of radio production and discuss and reflect on the evolution of sound production from genre based radio to online audio.
Radio Production Skills
Will introduce you to the basic production techniques for producing multi-genre radio programmes and audio material. It will demonstrate and provide experiential opportunities for you to learn the techniques of recording sound both in the studio and on location as well as the fundamental techniques of audio editing.
Discipline and Research
Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the first semester this unit aims to explore in more detail subject specific concepts and theory. You are encouraged to deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of academic concepts and approaches related to your subject specialism and practice.
During the summer term you work alongside other students in Digital Media, TV and Scriptwriting to produce larger, innovative projects that test your collaborative and creative ability.
Radio Production Two
Will introduce you to the basic concepts and key skills for understanding and producing multi-genre radio programmes and audio material.
Year Two - Level I
Media Theory Perspectives
You choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates. Each option will focus on specific themes in media theory and wider cultural arenas, encouraging you to reflect upon the implications of such theories for your media practice.
The Radio Station
This unit aims to develop your ability to devise and produce studio-based speech and music radio. You will work in groups to produce live radio for streaming over the internet. The principle aim of the unit is to give you experience of professional studio practice including the different presentation, production and managerial/administration roles.
Advanced Radio Production
This unit aims to expand and refine production skills and understandings gained in year one. It will enable you to encounter increasingly complex issues with the aim of developing a reflective critical awareness of the professional processes that govern the creative experimentation, conception, planning, design and realisation of radio/audio. The unit will also introduce the legal and ethical contexts of radio production.
Debates and Scholarship
This unit introduces you to the contested nature of debates and theories specific to your subject area.It also aims to help you to understand and evaluate various research methodologies and to be able to devise and articulate an appropriate research proposal.
Year Three or Four (Level H) - depending on your placement
Developing Concepts for Radio
The aim of this unit is help you develop ideas for the assessed productions in your final year. It will include the initial pitching of a production idea for the Graduate Project and the development of that idea through to its final form. This unit also includes the production of a ‘minor’ production which allows you to further develop your skills and prepares you for the Graduate Project.
Radio Industry Perspectives
The aim of this unit is help you make the transition from undergraduate study to the world of work. The unit is informed by the idea of an ‘exit strategy’ which will incorporate reflection on your own skills and competences and achievement in the work placement.
The Graduate Project (Radio)
You will individually produce a radio production project where you decide the mix and range of media to engage with, and the industry context it sits within. This is your ‘calling card’ for employment!
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate you’re critical, analytical and research skills by conducting a significant piece of academic work. You will research a topic of your own choice, in consultation with your allocated Supervisor. Dissertations can reflect one of four different research traditions; humanities, social sciences, practice-based or investigative. Some you use the dissertation to pursue a personal interest, for example a study of your favourite radio station or radio series, while others use it to study a subject related to your professional ambitions; approaches to editing or the place of live radio.
The course provides an ideal route into working in this competitive industry. You’ll be able to explore employment in areas such as radio production in speech and music genres, programme development, online broadcast and podcast production, presentation, marketing and regulation.
Alternatively, you might want to continue your learning by enrolling on our Master’s degree in Radio Production, delivered by leading industry experts and practitioners and supported by specialist academic support from The Media School.
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