Radio Workshop

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Radio Workshop

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    1.Understand and be able to analyze how radio broadcasting works and evolves, developing a critical approach to radio listening and practice.
    2.Learn to communicate and inform through the medium
    3.Perform the necessary practical exercises to produce, broadcast and/or record radio programmes using relevant technical and aesthetic criteria
    Objective: offer an introduction to radio broadcasting through a workshop based on the study of the basics of radiocommunication and information (theoretical knowledge and practical training).
    1.Radio broadcasting: the basics
    1.1.Definition and characterization of the medium
    1.2.Technical and operational aspects
    1.3.The language of radio
    1.4.Writing and reading for the ear
    2.Production, broadcasting and recording
    2.3.The making of a programme
    2.4.The work of the producer
    2.5.The script
    3.Radio programming
    3.1.1.Factual genres
    3.1.2.Fictional genres
    3.1.3.Opinion and genres
    3.2.Types of radio stations and programmes
    4.Advertising and audiences
    4.1.The target audience
    4.2.Radio commercials
    4.3.Selling airtime
    Lectures will be accompanied by the highest possible number of practical exercises which will present an
    increasing degree of complexity. The final aim is that the students produce and broadcast ¿live¿ a radio
    programme and create and mantain an audio blog.
    1.Theoretical lessons (classroom)
    Study the basics of radio broadcasting in order to learn to communicate and inform through the medium. Be able to analyze how radio works and evolves developing a critical approach (listening sessions, academic discussions).
    2.Practical sessions (radio studios)
    Produce, broadcast and/or record group and individual production projects. Produce to broadcast live a radio
    programme using relevant criteria.
    3. Student's work
    Achieve a good balance between the study of theory and the practical action (group and individual exercises).
    Due to fact that the subject is organised mainly as a workshop, training is essential. Therefore, attendance and
    practical exercises are mandatory. The latter will represent 50% of the final global mark (continuous evaluation,
    group and individual exercises). The final exam will be translated into 50% of the final global mark.
    Sitting for the final exam is obligatory and the passing score is 5/10. Passing score for continuous assessment is also 5/10.
    Attendance is obligatory to both, practical and theoretical sessions.
    Due to fact that the subject is organised mainly as a workshop, training is essential. Therefore, assessment in the June call includes both a theoretical and practical part. The passing score is 5/10 for each of these two parts.
    % end-of-term-examination: 50
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 50
    - HENDRICKS, J. A. The Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio., Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
    - CHANTLER, P. & STEWART, P. (2003). Basic radio journalism., Oxford: Focal Press..
    - FLEMING, C. (2002). The radio handbook., London: Routledge..
    - HENDY, D. (2000). Radio in the global age., Cambridge: Polity Press..
    - McLEISH, R. (2005). Radio production. Fifth edition., Oxford: Focal Press..
    - KEITH, M. (2007). The radio station: Broadcast, Satellite & Internet. Seventh edition., Burlington: Elsevier..
    - GALLEGO, I. & GARCÍA LEIVA, M. T. (2012). Sintonizando el futuro: radio y producción sonora en el siglo XXI,
    Madrid: IORTVE..
    - HENDY, D. (2000). Radio in the global age., Cambridge: Polity Press..
    - ARNHEIM, R. Radio, Faber & Faber, 1936

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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