A large number of Leeds College of Music graduates are currently working for the BBC at a variety of bases across the UK, including Media City, Television House and BBC Yorkshire. Most recently, four of our ‘Class of 2016’ Music Production graduates have started their careers at BBC Yorkshire. Charlotte Hayes (Technical Operator) studied the BA (Hons) Music Production, while Adam Winch-Furness (Freelance Broadcast Assistant/Producer), Alice Hawes and Adam Campbell (both Technical Operators) enrolled on to the conservatoire’s Foundation Degree in Music Production and topped up to a BA (Hons) with an extra year’s study.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be catching up with Adam Winch-Furness, Charlotte Hayes, Adam Campbell and Alice Hawes to learn what it takes to work for one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters and find out how their time at Leeds College of Music helped further their career.
In this feature, we caught up with Adam Winch-Furness, who currently works as a Freelance Broadcast Assistant and Producer for the BBC.
What route did you take?
I studied a Foundation Degree in Music Production for 2 years, followed by the BA Music Production top-up course. I originally didn’t get the UCAS points required to do the BA straight away, but was notified of the Foundation Degree by LCoM when I rang them up asking about my other options. The Foundation Degree was more practically focussed and included the opportunity to go on a work placement, unlike any other course at the conservatoire. I think this was a blessing in disguise as it sounded more suitable to my interests!
What work did you do outside of your academic study?
I was involved in three key placements during my time at LCoM. The main one was linked to my Foundation Degree and I had the opportunity to work at BBC Radio Leeds. Most of the other students on the production course wanted to work in recording studios or gig venues, but I was the only one that had a strong interest in radio after some experience on student radio. I had a conversation with a member of staff after shadowing her on a project and meeting the BBC team, and she said she’d enquire about a work placement with them on my behalf because I’d done so well. After talking to the LCoM Placement Co-ordinator she was successful, and I was able to spend my time at the BBC shadowing a Producer and learning about the professional side of the business.
How did this experience outside of studying help you achieve your career goals?
Working for the BBC has led me to pursue a career pathway that I didn’t have open to me before moving to Leeds. It’s widened the boundaries of meeting different people in different companies, but it’s also created new opportunities for career ideas along the way. I like to get stuck into many projects at once so my advice to other students would be to do the same. The three years studying at LCoM are valuable because you are surrounded by similar minded people, and it’s best to experience a bit of everything because you never know; you might just find something you like doing that you didn’t expect to!
How did your study help you in your current role?
Without my time at LCoM, I wouldn’t have had any confidence to do any of those placements. I was very lost before coming to university and to find a place where everybody wants to help each other is a secret haven.
The different modules along way give you a taste of different career paths such as journalism, tuition and production so it’s great to be able to experience it all
Why was your course important to your aspirations?
The time and flexibility behind the course gave me the space to reach out to other areas within the industry. The staff were extremely supportive of the idea of me working in radio rather than just music studios, which is something I didn’t get the impression of when checking out other universities prior to moving to Leeds. When LCoM gives you a platform to work on anything creative and then they support it, you know you’re based at a learning facility that is good for you.
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To find out more about our BA (Hons) Degree in Music Production – click here.
Alternatively, follow this link to learn a little bit more about our Foundation Degree in Music Production.
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