Attention to new technologies including digital editing and mixing and exploration of the possibilities afforded by the Internet
Students operate an Internet radio station, BIRSt (www.birst.co.uk) enabling them to gain ´hands-on´ experience of scheduling, managing and running a radio station
You will develop the skills to produce radio programmes and audio content (e.g. podcasts)
A chance to work on projects in teams with students in other disciplines such as scriptwriting and interactive media
Use of the latest sound recording technology, editing and studio equipment. This includes a fully equipt SADiE Lab and an Audio Post Production space solely for MA Radio Production students
Bournemouth University is the only UK university that offers a SADiE accreditation as part of the MA.
An honours degree or comparable professional qualifications.
Graduate with an honours degree (2:1 or above) or relevant industrial experience
Students with a range of enthusiasms who have the ability to work well within the context of a team in addition to possessing a range of creative ideas for which such skills are the support
You do not need radio experience or a media related degree but you do need to be genuinely excited by radio
Practising professionals from a range of disciplines, including freelancers seeking to move into independent production and comm
Radio Production and Theory
A large part of this course is devoted to practical exercises in programme making, both as an individual and as part of a production team, which will include familiarisation with a range of technical equipment, including digital editing and mixing of programmes. Students also study the historical development of radio and radio genres and discuss theoretical issues to do with radio and sound.
Radio Regulation and Compliance
This unit addresses the commercial aspects of radio production and in particular the commercial radio station and its marketing and branding. The regulation of radio is also studied and the ethical underpinning of that regulation and the work of the radio professional.
Advanced Radio and Audio Production
Students develop their radio and audio production skills and make longer and more ambitious pieces. They also launch the course internet radio station BIRSt.
Cross Platform Practice
The media industry is constantly changing. This unit aims to ensure students graduate with a set of skills to enable them to prosper and succeed in the industry. Students study the current debates and trends in the industry in relation to cross-platform commissioning and production. Students will evaluate a range of theoretical and practical tools by applying them to brands that can be explored and exploited across different media platforms.
The course has been designed in consultation with major producers and production houses. For this reason it is relevant to today´s radio industry, an increasingly freelance world in which practitioners need to be versatile, technically adept and strongly motivated in terms of ideas.
Students will be equipped to manage and operate radio stations of various types, and to pursue careers as freelance and independent producers/presenters in a variety of disciplines. Graduates are now working at BBC World Service, BBC local radio, local commercial radio and as free-lance radio producers.