Autumn Short Feature Course
Saturdays: September – December 2022

Note: The autumn course is now sold out! However we plan to run the course again. Please follow us on twitter, facebook or join our mailing list, or you can register your interest to be told when the new course is announced here>>

In The Dark School is here! With more and more people interested in working in audio we are launching a school that offers professional training while also nurturing the spirit of creativity and experimentation that’s in all the audio we love.

For 12 years In The Dark has been supporting creative audio makers through events, grants, mentoring, awards and workshops. We always aim to make our activities as affordable as possible and to support new makers.

We’re kicking off our programme with a three month weekly course that is suitable for beginners, migrants from other mediums as well as producers from other areas of audio production wanting to make creative work for the first time. Over 14 weeks we will give you the training to feel confident in your audio storytelling skills while working with you to develop your creative voice. By the end of this course you will have made a short feature (5-15 mins).

WHAT: Autumn Short Feature Course (see below for course breakdown)

WHEN: Sat 3rd September – Sun 11th December 2022 (14 weeks plus one week break 29th October).

Weeks 1-8: Saturdays 2pm-5.30pm (UK time)

Weeks 9-14: Saturday or Sunday  for a 2 hour slot (your group will be assigned according to your availability).

WHERE: Online (Zoom)


This course is being run by In The Dark’s founder, Nina Garthwaite. Nina started out in documentary film and for the past 12 years she has been making audio both for established organisations such as the BBC and for self-generated projects. In 2010 she set up In The Dark, one of the first listening cinemas of its kind. It quickly gathered an international audience and has now held nearly 200 events worldwide. Nina has spoken at audio festivals around the world, helped to establish the Hearsay Audio Arts Festival and has been a judge on many of the major audio awards including the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the BBC Radio Drama Awards and the Whickers.  She has been an artist collaborator for the Wellcome Collection and more recently was the co-creator of a cinema for listening, Soundhouse, at the Barbican.

She has been teaching and running workshops in creative audio for 8 years, most recently at UCL where she taught BA and MA level students. Her students consistently produce high quality and creative work and have won the Charles Parker Student Prize and Hearsay Audio Festival Rising Award. Other students have had their first work broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts. Nina brings close attention to each student’s specific needs and creative process, whilst providing practical narrative and technical skills.

She has developed this course specifically to offer a high level of teaching at a pricing structure that’s affordable for more students interested in creative audio storytelling.


The course is split between providing you with a creative audio tool-kit and assisting you with the production of an original short audio piece. The class size is capped to ensure each student gets plenty of time on their work, with a maximum of 20 people.

Though this course is suitable for beginners, it will also guide you through more complex production work. The exercises can be approached from different experience levels. As such it is also suitable for those who have some early career audio experience and migrants from other mediums who want support moving into creative audio work.

Weeks 1-8 combine teaching and exercise work. Weeks 9-14 are in the form of smaller group workshops and one to one feedback on your piece.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have made your own creative audio piece (5- 15 minutes).
  • Be able to use technical audio equipment and software to a professional standard including Reaper for editing, sound design and mixing and handheld Zoom recorder. Those who already have basic skills will be given more advanced training in the creative use of these tools.
  • Be able to deconstruct and analyse short creative/experimental audio works of different styles from around the world so that you can learn from the work that excites you.
  • Have created a series of experimental “audio sketches” for potential development into short works.
  • Have a practical knowledge of both linear and non-linear narrative techniques that work well in short creative works and a theoretical understanding about how they can be used to help structure longer form pieces.
  • Have a strong practical understanding of the use of sound, music, interview and voice over scripting in audio storytelling.
  • Have stretched yourself creatively and started to develop your own voice as an audio maker.
  • Know where you can take your finished work (e.g. festivals, podcasts, radio) and have guidance on your next steps.

As this is a practical course you will need to spend additional time outside class on production. During weeks 1-8 you will need minimum 1-3 hours a week for homework exercises. During the production of your piece we recommend a minimum of 5 hours a week.

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10 Places at Pay What You Can Afford

10 Places at fixed fee £850 Early Bird, £1300 after 1st August 2022. There is an option to pay in installments.


Note: The PWYCA places are now all reserved. We hope to run this course and scheme again in the new year so if you sign up following the link below we’ll let you know when we release the new course details in the Autumn.

We are trialling offering half of the places at Pay What You Can Afford to help make the course financially feasible for more students.

To apply for a PWYCA please fill in your name and email in the short form (link below). Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If there are places available you will be sent a private link where you can pay your PWYCA place which we ask you to do within 24 hours. This 2-stage process is to allow you to register interest but give you time to calculate a figure. While we ask you to bear in mind the full price, you know what is right for you. Look at your income and your outgoings and decide an amount that you can manage.

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If you are trying to work out whether this option is right for you, don’t fret! Fill in the form and tick the box for us to get in touch and we can answer any questions or have a chat. This will not affect your place in the queue.

If we do not have places left when your request arrives we will put you on a waiting list and let you know if a place becomes available. We will endeavor to let you know if you have a place or are on the waiting list as soon as possible.



Note: The autumn course is now sold out! However we plan to run the course again. Please follow us on twitter, facebook or join our mailing list, or you can register your interest to be told when the new course is announced here>>

We are offering an Early Bird price of £850. After 1st August the full fee will be £1300.

Pay in Installments: If you need to pay in installments you can place a deposit of £350 now, with the full amount payable by the 1st August. We will get in touch to arrange a payment plan.

The “Book Now” button below allows you to pay securely through PayPal. You can choose to pay through a PayPal account or using a card.

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If you book a place and then have to cancel, we will only be able to return your fee/deposit if we can fill your place. This is to ensure that we cover our costs for running the course and that it does not have empty places.

If you have any questions email nina [at] inthedarkradio [dot] org