Advanced Radio Practice
Run by School of Music and Media
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Geraint Ellis
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of the module is to enable students with two years’ experience of radio production to further develop their skills in this area, focusing in particular on radio comedy, radio drama, podcasting and the development of programme ideas.
In a series of weekly two-hour workshops, as well as additional timetabled studio time, students will study examples of podcasts, radio comedy and radio drama, and develop their own ideas and productions in these areas. The emphasis will be on studio production, with students extending and expanding upon their existing production skills in this context. They will all produce individual work, and will also pitch their ideas in advance to the rest of the class.
A • Comprehensive knowledge • Detailed understanding • Extensive background study • Highly focussed answer and well structured • Logically presented and defended arguments • No factual/computational errors • Original interpretation • New links between topics are developed • New approach to a problem • Excellent presentation with very accurate communication
D: • Knowledge of key areas/principles only • Weaknesses in understanding of main areas • Limited evidence of background study • Answer only poorly focussed on question and with some irrelevant material and poor structure • Arguments presented but lack coherence • Several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topics are described • Limited problem solving • Many weaknesses in presentation and accuracy
Very Good B • Strong knowledge • Understands most but not all • Evidence of background study • Focussed answer with good structure • Arguments presented coherently • Mostly free of factual and computational errors • Some limited original interpretation • Well known links between topics are described • Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches • Good presentation with accurate communication Good C: • Knowledge of key areas/principles • Understands main areas • Limited evidence of background study • Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Arguments presented but lack coherence • Has several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topics are described • Limited problem solving • Some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy
Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within the area of radio production and podcasting;
Demonstrate the ability to analyse creative processes and practice through engagement in one or more production practices.
Experiment, as appropriate, with forms, conventions, languages, techniques and practices within the context of radio production and podcasting;
Produce individual work demonstrating the effective and confident manipulation of sound;
|DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE||Podcast, or scripted radio comedy or drama production||
Produce one of the following: 15-20 minute podcast; 8-10 minute scripted radio comedy production; 8-10 minute scripted radio drama production.
|Written assignment, including essay||Pitching Production ideas||
Present a written summary of one specific production idea for each of the following: 15-20 minute podcast; 8-10 minute scripted radio comedy production; 8-10 minute scripted radio drama production.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||11|
|Practical classes and workshops||22|
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- An understanding of creative and critical processes, and of the wide range of skills inherent in creative writing. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
- Reflective practitioner skills, including awareness of the practice of others in collaborative learning (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
- Ability to formulate and solve problems, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
- Ability to engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style. (English Benchmark Statement 3.3; NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
- Information technology (IT) skills broadly understood and the ability to access, work with and evaluate electronic resources (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
- Produce work that uses the effective manipulation of one or more of sound, images, and the written word, including understanding relevant industry standards and how they are defined and achieved
- Understand the importance of the commissioning and funding structures of the creative industries and work within the constraints imposed by them
- Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of writing or of aural, visual, audio-visual, sound or other electronic and digital media
- Experiment, as appropriate, with forms, conventions, languages, techniques and practices
- Employ production skills and practices to challenge or advance existing forms and conventions and to innovate
- Draw upon and bring together ideas from different sources of knowledge and from different academic disciplines
- Be adaptable, creative and reflexive in producing output for a variety of audiences and in a variety of multi-platform media
- Identify intellectual property issues, prevent infringement of other's intellectual property rights, and understand how to take the appropriate steps to safeguard the innovation and commercialisation
- Understand the ethical, regulatory and legal considerations relevant to the production of cultural forms and products.
Resource implications for students
Albarran, A. & Pitts, G., 2001. The Radio Broadcasting Industry. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Barnard, S., 2000. Studying Radio. London: Arnold. Beaman, J., 2000. Interviewing for Radio. London: Routledge. Boardman-Jacobs, S., 2004. Radio Scriptwriting. Bridgend: Seren. Chapman, J., 2006. Documentary in Practice. London: Polity. Chantler, P. & Stewart, P., 2003. Basic Radio Journalism. Oxford: Focal Press. Chignell, H., 2009. Key Concepts in Radio Studies. London: Sage. Crisell, A., 2006. Understanding Radio. London: Taylor and Francis. E Crisell, A., 2006. More than a music box. New York: Berghahn Books. Crook, T., 1999. Radio Drama. London: Routledge. Dimbleby, N., 1994. Practical Media: a guide to production techniques. London: Hodder & Stoughton. Emm, A., 2001. Researching for Television and Radio. London: Routledge. E Fleming, C., 2010. The Radio Handbook. London: Routledge. E Gazi, A. et al, 2011. Radio Content in the Digital Age. Bristol: Intellect. E Hand, R., & Traynor, M., 2012. Radio in Small Nations. Cardiff: UWP. Hartley, J., (ed.), 2005. Creative Industries. Oxford: Blackwell. E Hausman, C., 2003. Modern Radio Production. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Hendy, D., 2000. Radio in the Global Age. Cambridge: Blackwell. E Hesmondhalgh, D., 2002. The Cultural Industries. London: Sage Press. Hilliard, R., 2011. Writing for Television, Radio and New Media. Boston: Wadsworth. Hilmes, M. (ed.), 1994. The Television Handbook. London: BFI. McInerney, V., 2001. Writing for Radio. Manchester: MUP McLeish, R., 2005. Radio Production. Oxford: Focal Press. McLuhan, M., Understanding Media. London: Routledge. Shingler, M. & Wieringa, C., 1998. On Air. London. Arnold. Siegel, B., 1992. Creative Radio Production. Oxford: Focal Press. Starkey, G., Radio in Context., 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Starkey, G., Balance and Bias in Journalism, 2007. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Starkey, G. & Crisell, A., 2009. Radio Journalism. Los Angeles: Sage. Stewart, P., 2010. Essential Radio Skills. London: Methuen Drama. E Wilby, P. & Conroy, A., 1994. The Radio Handbook. London: Routledge.
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- P306: BA Media Studies year 3 (BA/MS)
- P31B: BA Media Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BA/MS1)
- 8U76: BA Media Studies (with International Experience) year 3 (BA/MSIE)
Optional in courses:
- WP83: BA Media Studies & Creative Wrtng year 3 (BA/CWMS)
- PQ53: BA English Language & Journalism year 3 (BA/ELJO)
- W620: BA Film Studies year 3 (BA/FLM)
- W62B: BA Film Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BA/FLM1)
- 2W89: BA Film Studies (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/FSIE)
- PP53: BA Journalism and Media Studies year 3 (BA/JMS)
- PP5B: BA Journalism & Media Studies (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BA/JMS1)
- 3HPQ: BA Media Studies and English Literature year 3 (BA/MEN)
- P3R1: BA Media Studies with French year 3 (BA/MSFR)
- P3R2: BA Media Studies with German year 3 (BA/MSG)
- P3R3: BA Media Studies with Italian year 3 (BA/MSIT)
- PW33: BA Media Studies and Music year 3 (BA/MSMUS)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 3 (BA/MSSOC)
- P3R4: BA Media Studies with Spanish year 3 (BA/MSSP)
- P3R5: BA Media Stud with Spanish (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/MSSPIE)
- P3W9: BA Professional Writing and Media year 3 (BA/PWM)
- M1P1: LLB Law with Media Studies year 3 (LLB/LMS)
- W900: MArts Creative Practice year 3 (MARTS/CP)
- P308: MArts Media year 3 (MARTS/MED)
- W891: MArts Professional Writing year 3 (MARTS/PW)