Turn up the volume on your talent. Our BA (Hons) Radio Production is a rewarding new course which will help you make powerful and entertaining radio programmes that truly connect with an audience.
Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
Course Leader: Philip Basi
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UCAS code: P315
Start date: September
Course length: 3 Years Full Time
Campus: Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.
Exciting practical projects will give you a strong understanding of all the roles within a professional radio production unit. You’ll produce both music and speech based programmes, building your skills in traditional and multi-platform environments. Our industry standard facilities, close links with employers and experienced staff will help you prepare for careers across the radio, media and entertainment industries.
As part of your course you’ll have the opportunity to produce both music and speech based programmes. Your studies will benefit from our radio studios equipped with the latest industry standard hardware and software, along with our state of the art television studio. Radio production is influenced by many cultural, economic and political factors - you'll study these factors, together with the history of the media to discover how these shape the genre. You will use integrated theory and practice to understand the processes through which media artifacts are created. This innovative programme has been designed to support you in developing professional skills in both radio production and content creation.
The course will prepare you to take on a wide range of different roles within ever changing radio media industry dealing with the development of digital content for both traditional and convergent platforms. You will graduate from this course as a professional who not only understands the production process but who is also be proficient in content production. Graduates will be equipped to work with media and communications in a wide range of industries.
This course focuses on developing your practical skills and gives you a solid grounding in professional practice in the radio and media industries. Theory and practice are integrated so that you gain a thorough understanding of all the processes through which radio programmes and other media products are created.
In year one you will study a range of modules designed to help you develop and understanding of the media industries, their products and the ways in which those products can be understood. You will undertake practice based modules in radio production.
You'll study modules such as:
Key to the BA Radio Production is the recognition of the synergies, cross-fertilisation and convergence that exists in contemporary media industries and the way that many media producers work across media platforms. It is with this in mind that in year two you will continue with the strands writing and prerecording radio. Year two also features the strong presence of live radio production, you will be expected to develop these skills beyond those displayed at the level 4. We also address a range of abilities and issues related to working as a producer in the media industry and understanding the operations of these roles. The module explores issues of public and commercial funding, niche markets, audiences and demographics across the range of media covered in the programme and encourages you to develop independent research skills.
You’ll study modules such as:
If you want to gain work experience, you can take an optional work placement between stages two and three to gain valuable industry experience. During the placement, you'll study an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice – which features modules such as:
Year three continues to develop your skills in independent research though the Independent Research Project in Media Production in which you will be able to select a of research for an extended research project. You will also be able to narrow your production specialisms by choosing two of the three production pathways. This narrowing of focus is designed to facilitate you to engage in detailed and intensive production work in forty credit and sixty credit production modules. This sees the culmination of the radio production pathways in their third year modules.
You’ll study modules such as:
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
|September 2017 typical entry requirements|
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE||Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English|
|Interview / Audition|
Yes - please see below
Yes - please see below
You will be invited to an interview as part of the application process. You will also be asked to submit a portfolio/show-reel of recent work to support your application.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£11,750 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
Learning and assessment
Our methods of learning and teaching are geared towards helping you become an independent creative practitioner. You’ll learn through hands-on, practical broadcasting experience, workshops, lectures, seminars and group work. You’ll undertake projects both individually and as part of a team. Throughout, we offer lots of opportunity for you to experiment with cross-platform practice and audio technology.
Drawing on our strong partnerships with local and national radio – as well as other media outlets – we will offer optional placement opportunities to enhance your employability. You could also consider gaining experience with the University’s own student radio station. In addition, you could go on a European exchange thanks to our involvement with the Erasmus Plus programme (link to generic pages) – an experience which will expose you to an even more diverse range of broadcasting techniques and cultures.
Assessment is based 100% on coursework, including practical production work and oral presentations, along with written assignments. In the final year, you’ll have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a subject of your choice and will work on more self-negotiated and independent creative projects. There are a variety of assessments which play to a number of strengths. You will get the opportunity to succeed in print, new media, radio and television production work, written work, oral presentations, group work, work based learning and independent study. Whilst some assessments are designed to demonstrate cumulative understandings and key skills, for example critical essays, presentations or production work, others require reflection on the creative production or learning process such as blogs and research reports. Feedback is always constructive and encouraging, whilst adhering to rigorous criteria
You'll be based at our Markeaton Street site where you'll study in our excellent facilities including three radio studios featuring the latest industry standard hardware and software. Other facilities include a fully equipped television studio, newsroom and Mac suites. Our aim is to ensure you feel confident and competent with the up-to-the-minute recording and editing software that is used worldwide – giving you a genuine advantage in the job market.
People you will meet
You’ll be taught by a dedicated teaching team with vast experience in radio production and broadcasting.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
This highly practical course will equip you for a wide range of roles in the broadcasting sectors. After graduation, you could progress to exciting careers in roles such as radio producer, writer, programmer, media planner, multimedia specialist, audio technician, programme researcher, programme editor, programme presenter and station manager. You could also consider moving into broader areas of the media, communications and public relations industries.
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