The radio and audio industry is changing; podcasting has led to an appetite for audio content across the globe, like never before. Telling stories in sound is an integral component of this course and you’ll engage with the crafting of radio programmes and podcasts in various production genres including drama, music radio, documentaries and features, while learning how this practice is contextualised both historically and theoretically.
You’ll be taught through a mixture of workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars with full access to a range of studios, recording and editing equipment. You will also have the opportunity to broadcast on the MA-managed radio station BIRSt.co.uk.
Throughout the course you will engage with industry through guest speakers, station and events visits. You will develop in areas suited to your own strengths under the expert supervision of your tutors, and can even test your skills in industry, with the opportunity to take up a placement for three to four weeks if you wish. The course builds towards a final production project in which you will create a complete 30-minute programme to broadcast standard or a research-focused option is also available.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
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 & Theory: A large part of this unit is devoted to practical exercises in programme making, individually and as part of a production team. You´ll become familiar with a range of technical equipment, including digital editing and mixing programmes, study the historical development of radio and radio genres and discuss theoretical issues with radio and sound.
Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a foundation for the effective realisation of production work. You´ll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
Advanced Radio & Audio Production: You´ll be expected to produce radio and audio for broadcasting and audio-on-demand. You´ll also develop production skills to make work of consistently professional quality, and show creativity, an awareness of the radio and audio media, the industry and listening qualities.
Professional Practice: An introduction to key skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries.
Master´s Production Project: You´ll create a 30-minute radio programme of broadcast standard, which you´ll discuss with a tutor. Your programme can be used as part of your show reel for future employers. Along the way, you´ll use our Media School facilities and have regular one-to-one tutorials with current radio practitioners.
Master´s Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individually or collaboratively written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts.
Former students are now employed at a range of high-profile organisations, including the BBC (Radio 4,World Service, BBC local radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2), online stations and podcasts, commercial radio and independent production companies; many have found success as freelancers.
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