Making Radio Documentary

  • 10 hours
  • 5 evenings (7pm to 9pm) - over 5 weeks
  • 05 June 2019


On this evening course you'll learn the basic skills you need to start recording and putting together your own radio documentary.

You'll study techniques and industry tips and listen to lots of great radio.

Practical exercises will help you lose your inhibitions and start recording.

You'll also have the opportunity to pitch and develop ideas throughout the course.

The course runs on Wednesday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm, over five weeks (5 June to 3 July 2019).

This course is run by the Open City Docs School, based in UCL's Department of Anthropology.

Course content

The following content is an example of what will be covered, but is only indicative.

Session 1 

  • Where to go for ideas and inspiration
  • How to choose equipment

Session 2 

  • Pitching ideas
  • Recording

Session 3

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Structuring your documentary

Session 4

  • Editing using free programme Audacity

Session 5 

  • Scripting
  • Where to take your ideas

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for beginners.

It's aimed at people who:

  • want to make the move from video to radio documentaries
  • want to make their first ever documentary
  • are just passionate about listening to radio programmes

Cost and concessions

This course fees are:

  • £200 - full price
  • £180 - external students
  • £160 - UCL students

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Course team

Chloe Hadjimatheou

Chole is an award winning BBC reporter and producer whose work includes: Islamic State’s Most Wanted, Searching for Tobias, No Place to Die, America Revisited, Why Do People Hear Voices?

Student review

"This was a brilliant introductory course to radio documentary making - informative, practical and inspiring. I'd highly recommend it." [Ellen Wiles]

Course information last modified: 15 Mar 2019, 12:06