The programme uses critical academic perspectives to study media and communication processes with a particular focus on audio communication. You learn to use these concepts and ideas to develop practical solutions for work-relevant projects. The first academic year is foundational and introduces the academic study of media, developing core skills and understanding in the use of media across a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge. In the second academic year, you take core modules in theory and research alongside specialist modules in popular music and podcasting, and a range of optional modules. The Work Placement module gives you the chance to think carefully about your graduate exit strategy and what you need to do to achieve the career you want, including careers in radio and audio production. In the final academic year, you undertake an Extended Independent Study which allows you to study particular topics of your own choosing, related either to radio or to other aspects of media and communication. There is a range of theoretical and practical optional modules to choose from. Open 24 hours a day, our Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.