Course Location
Sydney On-Campus
2018 Graduate Diploma in Radio
Postgraduate (AQF Level 8)
Delivery Mode
32 weeks / 2 semesters. Semester starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory on campus Orientation week commencing Monday February 19. Further details will be provided post-enrolment.
Attendance Pattern
Full-time on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney


We believe creativity, and the stories we share, enrich the whole of society. Build your voice in radio and be part of the great tradition of broadcast storytelling.

A hands-on, highly practical course for tomorrow’s on-air and behind-the-scenes broadcasters.

Realise your potential to create and deliver compelling, innovative content for radio and digital platforms. Learn in state of the art digital studios, build key contacts and work alongside industry professionals. Emerge with highly sought after, advanced broadcasting skills and a network of industry contacts. This course produces creative radio professionals capable of contributing to and shaping the broadcast industry. The course is delivered in a supportive and challenging learning environment which will prepare professionals for, and sustain them in, their future roles in the radio and multiplatform broadcasting industries. Graduates are qualified to work in commercial or public radio.

The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of the Australian radio industry and is firmly based in practical craft development. Course is structured around research and analysis of broadcast, online and multiplatform theory and current practices and trends in radio and multiplatform broadcasting.


During the course students will collaborate to produce four major live broadcasts. This provides the opportunity to experiment with and realise ideas in a variety of formats and develop specific, individual, advanced craft practices, whether they be in announcing, production, program producing, writing, news, voice over, music directing, online content, podcasting, marketing/promotions or sales.


Individual stations volunteer their time and facilities to help students experience the ‘real thing’ through work attachments and station visits, so that the learning and practice goes well beyond the School environment. Professionals from all sectors of radio take part in instruction and practice, passing on their currency and experience to students.


Students learn at an advanced level that the essential elements of good broadcasting are communication, storytelling and relevance to audiences. The course will endeavour to shape students’ attitudes and motivations towards achieving the best possible standards in broadcast and related performance. The course develops the students’ confidence in their own creative ability and role in contributing to the broadcast industry’s future.


For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website.​

Contact our Student Centre or call 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 with any questions or to learn more about your study options. You can also contact the Indigenous Unit​.

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here

Last updated October 16, 2017


Full-time on campus at AFTRS, Moore Park, Sydney. Timetable information will be available shortly.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Research, analyse and evaluate radio and multiplatform broadcasting industries nationally and globally.

  2. Apply advanced technical and creative skills in radio to produce compelling, high quality live content for broadcast.

  3. Initiate and implement programming and management strategies to create innovative multimedia broadcasts for multiplatform delivery.

  4. Work effectively and collaboratively in line with current industry practices and standards.

Admission Requirements

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection.

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Prerequisites

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training.

The typical duration of a bachelor degree is 3-4 years, and candidates applying by degree equivalence are required to demonstrate they have achieved corresponding learning outcomes by completing a similar volume of relevant work experience and/or training. If you wish to apply for admission to a postgraduate program by degree equivalence, contact the Student Centre​.

2. Application Task

Produce and record a five minute item which could be used for a radio broadcast at a station of your choice. Identify which station you have chosen. The item can contain any creative audio elements (submit as an MP3).

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their application task and resume. Shortlisted applicants will attend an interview.

3. Uploading your Documents and Media File

You will be able to upload your media file/s as part of the application process. Ensure you conform to the required file type and size specified as follows.

Each document has a maximum of 10MB in size, and 50MB for media file. Contact the Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444, if you have any problems in uploading your media file and go to this link for information on media files.

4. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Submit a certified copy​ of your highest education level as detailed on the How and When to Apply​ page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

5. Proof of Citizenship/Residency

Ensure you submit a certified copy​ of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply​ page on the AFTRS website. Use the link provided for information on how to certify documents.

Selection Criteria

Places in this course are competitive and are based on merit selection. The selection criteria are:

  • Evidence of interest in and engagement with broadcasting.

  • Evidence of original creative thinking and ability, enthusiasm, development of ideas and experience in communicating those to a broadcast, online or live audience.

  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.

  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work successfully in a team.

  • Broad general knowledge and life experience, and an interest in current affairs and popular culture.


Subject 1: Advanced Concepts of Radio

This subject introduces students to conceptual foundations of the Australian and global media on-air and online space as well as programming and formats, and the laws and ethical standards of Australian broadcasting. Additionally, students will explore the theory of communication, the role of the program maker and the craft of delivering content to on-air audiences.

Subject 2: Collaborative Broadcast 1

This subject aims to enable students to develop the specific skills and techniques to deliver content to radio and online audiences. This subject equips students with the advanced craft and technical skills in show preparation; writing for on-air and online; live and pre-recorded interviewing; announcing and presentation; studio operation; uploading online content and utilising social media. Students collaboratively undertake a live to air and online broadcast and a debrief post broadcast, to review and analyse personal and professional growth, success and challenges.

Subject 3: Reaching Radio Audiences Across Multiple Platforms

This subject explores the vast audience segmentation and varied programming that occupies the Australian radio and online space. Students will investigate rich sources of real world stories and content and the many and varied ways they are being accessed by audiences. There are challenges to push the boundaries of traditional radio content and delivery techniques towards more hybrid forms and varied media platforms and to broaden methods of engaging audiences through innovation in transmedia storytelling.

Subject 4: Collaborative Broadcast 2

This subject explores the role radio plays in regional radio markets in Australia. Combining knowledge of regional market programming theory, audience research and innovative content creation and delivery, students will conceptualise a local radio broadcast for a specified regional audience. Students focus on the regional audience and how program makers undertake and work with research to build programs and content that is engaging, entertaining and relevant to their audience. It focuses on music programming and the value this plays in engagement of, and relationship with, the audience. Students will collaboratively undertake a live to air and online broadcast and a debrief post broadcast to review and analyse personal and professional growth, success and challenges.

Subject 5: Radio Content: Reach and Relevance

This subject positions content as the foundation of high quality broadcasting. It motivates students to produce rich and relevant innovative content which is accountable to audiences everywhere and easily accessible regardless of location or preferred modes of delivery. The focus is on news and current affairs and in particular the concept of infotainment that crosses genre boundaries to produce hybrid content that is interactive and easily accessible.

Subject 6: Collaborative Broadcast 3

This subject challenges students to utilise the creative ideas and advanced craft skills of their team to collaboratively research, design and deliver a radio broadcast for on-air and online. The teams design and deliver the broadcast based on the business models and broadcast laws operating in Australian radio markets. The major emphasis is on news and current affairs and students will be required to consider programming content, station sound and delivery. Students will collaboratively undertake a live to air and online broadcast and a debrief post broadcast to review and analyse personal and professional growth, success and challenges.

Subject 7: The Innovative Business of Radio

This subject is designed to address the managerial, financial, marketing and promotional aspects of the radio business and the relationship between revenue demands and formats and programming. It explores the opportunities for future revenue opportunities and new formats in a convergent media and multiplatform broadcast environment. Students will also undertake in depth analysis of the way social networking is being used to reach, engage and interact with audiences and stimulate online communities as well as drive audience created content, online communities and new formats.

Subject 8: Collaborative Broadcast 4

This subject requires students to conceptualise and apply their professional broadcast skills and ideas with knowledge of the organisational framework of broadcasting to design, manage and produce a broadcast from conception. Students will devise a self-directed project, to develop an original multiplatform broadcast in the format of their choosing. As part of this project, students will have the opportunity to work in a specialist area of their choice on the broadcast. This subject will enable students to interact and collaborate with each other to produce a live to air broadcast and evaluate their ability to conceptualise ideas and creativity in relation to professional broadcast standards. Additionally, students will go on a professional work placement in the broadcast industry.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.