The Radio and Audio Production element of the course will give you the advanced skills needed to further your career in the radio / audio industry. The course offers a progression pathway for students who have completed undergraduate studies in radio. It is also ideal for those with a previous background in production and live radio - but want to formalise their skills and experience with a well-respected qualification.
The Television Production element of the course will give you the advanced production skills needed to further your career in the television industry. The course offers a progression pathway for students who have completed undergraduate studies in television production. It is also ideal for those with an existing background in production who wish to enhance their skills and experience with a well-respected qualification.
This new course is in the final stages of design. Once this is complete, and the course has been reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards, you'll be able to apply directly online as normal. The course starts in September 2017.
We'll be publishing detailed information about all our courses for 2017/18 on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.
That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.
We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.
To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.
We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.
*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
David Roberts, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media explains why we are changing our courses.
When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £260 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.
Birmingham School of Media is recognised as a key centre of excellence in interactive media training, television production and education by Creative SkillSet, the UK Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries.
You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities - including the £62m fully-digital Media Centre - located on the City Centre Campus. You will enjoy access to extensive studio and workshop space including four TV studios, six radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites, as well as cutting-edge equipment and software.
Facilities include the largest TV floor of any university in the UK, a ‘green screen’ and the MILO motion control camera - we are one of just two universities in Europe to offer MILO technology.
Our four broadcast-standard edit suites are based on the industry-standard Avid editing system, used in almost all films and the majority of UK television. Two of the suites are specialised for Audio Finishing and Colour Grading. Our six digital radio studios are all linked an equipped with the best news and production software.
You will have access to our full broadcast-standard dubbing suites, which are based on a multi-layered ProTools desk and can dub both film and TV with up to 120 simultaneous sound sources. We also have an ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) booth and the ability to record Foley (additional live sound).
The Parkside Building has been designed to maximise light and encourage collaboration between artists and students. It is the perfect setting for the workshops and teaching spaces of our design courses, as well as the state-of-the-art media centre for the advanced teaching facilities of Birmingham School of Media.
All this ensures that The Parkside Building offers a first class learning environment and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.
An excellent team of tutors and technicians supports our production facilities. We actively encourage our students to utilise the facilities beyond the set course work to build up a varied portfolio of work.
Collaboration with students both within the School of Media and those based in other Schools is recommended and facilitated. You will have the opportunity to work with the composing students based in the Conservatoire and commission original music for a wide range of projects. Our animation and graphic design students are happy to work closely with our students to provide opening title sequences and the Film Production and Sound Engineering students help crew productions. The Arts, Design and Media faculty uniquely offers our production students the opportunity to ‘commission’ every element of television and radio production work from fellow students.
You’ll be taught by award-winning staff who have a long pedigree in broadcasting. Each member of the team draws on their personal experiences and research interests to ensure students receive practical real world advice and are kept up to date with contemporary broadcasting practices.
Sam Coley is Senior Lecturer in Radio at Birmingham City University, where he teaches radio production, online radio, documentary production, commercial production and digital audio editing. He has a background in both the UK and New Zealand radio industries and worked as Creative Director for the Northern Region of New Zealand's TRN Network.
He has worked as a radio trainer for the BBC World Service Trust and as a media consultant for CARE International and the Prison Radio Association. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 Sam travelled to Africa to work on various audio projects and research, including radio programmes and advertising campaigns designed to promote sexual health and reproduction awareness for young Ethiopians.
Sam is a radio documentary producer with an interest in the use of audio slideshows. In 2009 he produced features for BBC WM, Spin 1038 Dublin and Absolute Radio. In 2010 he was nominated as a finalist in the "Best On-line Producer" category of the UK Radio Academy's Production Awards and also worked as a freelance documentary producer for Radio New Zealand.