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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. 

Radio Production is part of a larger framework of Media Production courses collaborating to explore cross-media storytelling in production. Graduating students from the course have gone on to enjoy successful careers in the radio and audio industry and within academia - some are leaders in their field.

The course creatively combines academic rigour with current industry knowhow. 

Core units

  • 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.

Teaching methods

Practical workshops in modern radio technology are supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials where you’ll explore projects and working methods. The course is taught by practising industry professionals and visiting practitioners. Team-work and individual work creates a positive ethic and an opportunity for you to develop in your own way.

Careers

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.

As a Radio Production graduate, the roles you will be prepared to undertake include:

  • Radio & Audio Producer
  • Podcast Producer
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Content Manager (web)
  • Community Radio Manager

Visit the MA Radio Production page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

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