This course will allow you to study broadcast radio and the creation of audio content for other platforms, such as podcasts and websites.
You’ll gain a real understanding of how a much loved medium has evolved, and what goes into creating great content. The course provides a range of practical broadcasting and journalistic skills coupled with a strong grounding in relevant media theory.
The course is designed to meet the needs of those wishing to work in broadcast media and those who wish to pursue a career within the wider field of audio content creation.
As well as delivering a range of practical professional skills, the course will also provide theoretical insigts and understanding of how the media works and how it is used in a professional context.
You will study a combination of units that, together, provide a broad range of professional knowledge and skills. In the first year you will study Reporting and Writing, Radio 101 History and Practices, Radio Skills and Understanding the Media.
In your final year there will be the option of two projects pieces, either Audio Documentary Production or Contemporary Practices and Debates in the Media. Alongside your studies you will have access to RadioLaB, the University’s very own community radio station, broadcasting across Luton and the surrounding areas on FM and available on-line, world-wide.
Throughout all years of study, students can get involved in the station, for example, by presenting, producing or working on promotions and special events.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This course will provide you with the practical and academic skills needed to produce creative audio and broadcast radio programme content. It also opens up opportunities to work in broadcast technical and managerial roles, providing you with a broad knowledge of industry practice and regulation along with a diverse range of operational skills. Many of these skills, particularly in relation to programme planning and content development, are of a highly flexible and transferable nature and can also be helpful for students who decide to pursue other media and related career paths.
Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude, which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career in the cultural industries and related fields.
Interaction with practitioners, regular input from the careers service during all levels of your study (starting during induction week, concluding during the workshops for the Third Year (Level 6) Special project), as well as specifically designed units with the world of work in focus (such as Preparing for the Audio Workplace), will help you be ready for the start of your professional career.
You will have opportunities to volunteer in the organisation of extra curricular and co-curricular events throughout the year, such as conferences, festivals, degree shows, and open days. Volunteering at the universities own local Community Radio station, which broadcasts to Luton and the surrounding areas as well as world-wide via the Internet, is one example of the extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by the university.