MA in Radio
1 year full-time (face to face teaching takes place during 3 terms (Autumn October to December 11 weeks, Spring January to March 11 weeks, and Summer May to June 8 weeks)
This MA programme provides an opportunity for postgraduates with some knowledge and experience of radio to explore the medium in depth, both in theory and practice.
The programme provides teaching and learning in radio journalism and creative radio; primarily in the audio documentary and drama forms. The radio journalism is taught in the context of digital multi-media online publication and this programme was the first MA university practice course to be accredited by the UK BJTC (Broadcasting Journalism Training Council). The tutors across the programme are award-winning, experienced professionals and many have published books on their subject areas.
Radio is situated in the New Academic Building (completed 2010) and students are taught and have access to digital production and self-drive sound studios and networked audio postproduction rooms. The radio newsroom has a licensed network of ENPS terminals with student access to national and international professional wire and radio news services. Students are encouraged to participate in Goldsmiths' separate student union radio service Wired. During their year in the college the MA Radio students will be working as reporters, and content producers for the community multi-media news-site http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk and will have experience of professional output in online, audio, video, slideshow creation.
By the end of the programme, you should have gained:
You should normally have, or expect to gain, a first degree at 2.1 or equivalent level. You should also have some appropriate practical experience and be able to demonstrate an ability to work at this level. Alternatively, you may be a non-graduate with significant practical experience and the ability to work at this level. If you are not a graduate, or your degree is in an unrelated field, you may be subject to a qualifying examination.
We welcome applications from Home and International students. If English is not your first language, we normally require minimum 7 score in IELTS or equivalent. You should expect to be evaluated by way of an interview in English face to face or by electronic communications.
Application and admission
Application forms are available from, and should be returned to, either the Admissions Office or the International Office; you can also download copies from the Goldsmiths’ website.
We recommend that you apply early in the academic year, certainly by 3rd March, or 14th February if you intend to apply for funding. Admission is normally by interview for those students residing outside the UK.
What do you study?
Producing audio features; primarily in the documentary and dramatic form. 10 sessions during Autumn term and five sessions during second half of the Spring term. Week-day access to facilities and further teaching during the Summer term. Full tutorial support will be provided on the first day of each week of the Summer term. 130 contact hours.
10 sessions on Local Radio Journalism in Autumn term. VLE (virtual learning environment) resources are provided to accompany this course. Five sessions on national and international radio journalism are held in the Spring term. Six further sessions develop advanced radio journalism skills in the context of multi-media followed by a short four session course in digital video reporting. During the first five weeks of the Summer term, three sessions each week are devoted to running live rolling radio news broadcasting and the editorial management and focus on audio publication of the multi-media community news site East London Lines. At other times the students are expected to complete at least three weeks of work experience/internship in a radio news/journalistic environment and obtain a pro-forma assessment by the supervising news editor. 190 contact hours.
Media Law and Ethics
UK and US media law and ethics with reference to some other legal jurisdictions. 10 lectures/seminars in Autumn term, 5 revision lectures/seminars and a 3-hour unseen exam in the Spring term. 80 contact hours.
Radio Studies - A Cultural Enquiry
Exploring academically the cultural history and practice of radio. 20 seminars/lectures. The course is run during the Autumn and Spring terms and supported by VLE resources. 30 contact hours
Sound Story Telling and Intertextuality of Narrative
Writing audio drama. 10 two hour workshops during the Spring term. 20 contact hours.
Asking the Right Questions
Researching skills for journalism. 10 two hour lecture/seminars during the Autumn term. 20 contact hours.
This is by way of lectures, practice workshops, seminars, one to one tutorials, interactive resources on VLE, feedback face to face and electronically. Some access to facilities is available outside teaching sessions. Contact time is indicated above.
A portfolio of one 5 minute, and one 10 minute and one 15 minute radio programme; a portfolio of audio and multi-media reports, and self-analysis of significant editorial roles; one unseen 3 hour written examination paper (Media Law & Ethics); one essay minimum of 4,000 and maximum of 5,000 words; one 20 page script suitable for 30 minute audio drama production adapted from film, prose, theatre or documentary source; a portfolio of a research report, a portfolio consisting of 3 pitches for journalistic treatment, and a main research task for journalistic radio production.
Find out more If you have specific programme queries, once you’ve read this information and the Postgraduate Prospectus, please contact Tim Crook only by email: t.crook (at) gold.ac.uk.
Links to people who have been on the MA Radio programme and their work
Multimedia news and feature journalism by MA Radio Goldsmiths students
Covering the Arts
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