Radio and Digital Production BA Honours

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UCAS code: P312 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 3 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £9,250.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

Radio is prospering thanks to its ability to adapt to new forms of consumption and is being transformed for the next generation of listeners. Our degree in Radio and Digital Production prepares you for all aspects of this amazing medium, from producing audio for new platforms, to creating your own pop-up radio station.

Our students tell us they like the location of the campus - right on the doorstep of the London media industries, our professional-standard equipment (including a brand new studio) and the range of modules to choose from. We also offer a tightly-knit and supportive learning community.

The course teaches you to produce audio and digital content for a variety of broadcast platforms, using the latest technology. Practical production work is also complemented by academic scholarship in media theory.

Our lecturers are among the top names in their field, and together we will help you develop the necessary skills in entrepreneurship and employability, to prepare you for the workplace. Our recent graduates have gone to work for the BBC and the commercial radio sector (as broadcast assistants and producers, studio managers and presenters), as well as setting up in digital and social media.

Course content

Our approach is to provide you with all the practical skills you need to work in radio, audio and multimedia production. We combine this with the development of your entrepreneurial skills, so that every practical piece of work is based around pitch and commission, culminating in an individual project where you create and curate audio for an outside organisation. Another key aspect of the degree focuses on the development of your ability to analyse and communicate ideas relating to theoretical debates across the media. Your understanding of the social, political and economic context within which the media operates will help you produce a major piece of original research in your final year.

Learning takes place through a combination of face-to-face teaching – lectures, workshops, seminars, and small group and one-to-one sessions – and guided independent study on group projects, individual assignments, research tasks and preparation.

The course is based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – where you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

We start with introductory skills in audio and digital production, teaching you how to record, edit and mix live and pre-recorded items, in sound, video and for web content. You will also learn how to operate a studio desk and become proficient in a variety of production roles. At the same time, we teach wider production skills including research, legal, ethical and compliance issues and how to pitch ideas. We also teach you how to critique the aesthetic qualities of audio and the creative use of sound from a theoretical perspective, alongside the social, political and economic significance of media institutions. Subjects of study include:

  • Audio Lab
  • Digital Lab
  • Sound Cultures
  • Media and Globalisaton
  • Media and Society

Optional Modules include:

  • Bulletins and Blogs
  • Celebrity Culture and the Media

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

You will work on a range of production projects, both individual and group-based. In particular you will learn about music scheduling, playlisting and commercial music formats by producing a series of live music programmes, which include radio commercials, outside broadcasts and social media content. You will also produce an individual project focussing on storytelling, which combines audio with other digital artefacts. You will be able to choose from a range of other radio options, such as Talk Radio, along with a menu of modules from the Faculty and University.

Subjects of study include:

  • Digital Story Telling
  • Music Radio
  • Theories of Media and Communication

Optional modules include:

  • Advertising and Promotional Culture
  • Creative Encounters
  • Creativity
  • Cultural Industries and Media Markets
  • Information Society
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Sex, Violence and Censorship
  • Talk Radio

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

In your final year, you and your cohort will create a ‘pop-up’ radio station, which will broadcast on the internet for an extended period. You will make key decisions about the audience, the character and the music policy of the station. You will also be responsible for marketing, launching and running the station, which will include a range of live output as well as complementary audio-visual content and social media. You will also work on an individual project, developing your entrepreneurial skills to secure a commission to produce audio and digital content for a client, and create a portfolio of your work as part of our employability module. Core modules include:

  • Pop-Up Station
  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Dissertation / Extended Essay

Optional modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Media Policy
  • Producing Audio Drama
  • Transforming Audiences

Westminster electives Westminster Elective modules icon

As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.

Study Abroad

You can take advantage of our Study Abroad agreements with overseas universities, spending half an academic year at another university in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and the USA. Your work there will count towards your degree at Westminster.

Smoke Radio

Radio students are encouraged to take part in and run our award-winning internet radio station, Smoke Radio (www.smokeradio.co.uk), which was named Best Student station in 2015. This is an invaluable opportunity for all students to learn about music scheduling, presentation and production, outside broadcasts, as well as events, marketing and branding.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries skillset.org

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our tuition fees information.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

DateTitleLocation
21 June 2017Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

We are one of Europe's leading centres for higher education for the creative industries.

Find out more about the school

Smoke Radio

Smoke Radio awards

Smoke Radio, the student radio station, has been nominated for the last five consecutive years at the national Student Radio Awards, and has won an impressive four Golds, three Silvers and Four bronzes.

Radio production facilities

Radio studio

Our state of the art radio production facilities at Harrow.

Professional recognition

This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.