Masters degrees in Radio Production equip postgraduates with the techniques to design and produce content for radio broadcasting purposes, including news stories, live music and other day-to-day events.
Taught MA courses are typical for this subject, though research-based MRes and MPhil courses may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Journalism or Media Studies.
Radio Production is no longer a case of simply producing content for digital audio broadcasting (DAB) purposes. With constant technological innovations and lifestyle changes, other radio formats such as internet radio and podcasting are increasing in popularity.
A Masters in this field will explore both these factors, providing training in practical instrumental techniques for radio production, as well as a scrutiny of radio’s cultural significance, impact and adaptability.
Pre- and post-production techniques such as script-writing and narrative construction, audio recording, sound design and music will be scrutinised across genres such as news and drama. Other formats, such as features and advertising, are also considered.
Careers in radio may include radio show hosting, news reporting, broadcasting assistance and producing. Other roles may include commercial production, news editing and broadcast journalism.
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 know-how.
The Master of Producing is a practice-based graduate coursework degree that focuses on the creative and business aspects of being a successful producer in the film, television and allied industries.
Producers are the managers of film and television projects. This includes the creative aspects of script development and analysis, and the development of your own work as well as the business aspect of the industry including; organising film schedules, budgets, distribution, and management of film shoots and raising funding from private and public sources.
Producers at the VCA work on undergraduate and graduate films in animation, narrative and documentary developing practical skills and building networks with other students – building a network that will assist you throughout your career.