Podcasting Advanced

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This hands-on practical five day intensive, will take you from idea to finished podcast pilot and give you the skills and ideas to move forward in whatever genre you are interested in.


Working in our state-of-the-art classrooms, sound studio and computer lab you will learn about:

  • Recording quality sound for your podcasts
  • Software and hardware needed to record, edit and upload your podcast
  • Podcast genres/styles and how production techniques vary
  • Using music, atmos and sound effects to make your Podcast come alive
  • How to structure a podcast
  • Basic audio editing and then the final mix- creating a satisfying, engaging soundscape
  • Developing content ideas: getting clarity for your idea
  • Script editing for your scripted podcast (with specialist Comedy and Drama tutor sessions)
  • What’s next? Channels, options, strategies to further your ‘brand’

The first two days of the course will be devoted to practical hands-on instruction. Then participants will have the opportunity to chose from a sub genre "brand" and work with mentors to complete their first podcast pilot and make a series plan.


With the increasing accessibility of low cost hardware and software, it is now relatively inexpensive and simple to create and self-publish your own work. Your podcasts can eventually become a work-of-art and attracts thousands of followers.


“Fantastic basics of podcasting that filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge”

“Madeline was a great teacher, informed and knowledgeable”

“Very good course, I came with a small idea and am now walking away with far too many options when it comes to idea creating”

“It gave me everything I needed to create my own podcast. I’m starting next week!”

“Terrific hands-on and strategic information on offer, with excellent tips and tricks to learn the art of podcasting. Can’t wait to get started!”


This course is suitable for all. It is entry level, but presumes an intermediate level of computer literacy.


This will be a very intensive course, and you will need to set a side some time in the evenings to do writing and/or recording..


We will supply recording equipment but it's a good idea to also bring your own basic audio recording equipment (at minimum a smartphone or tablet to record audio OR a DV camera with plug-in microphone OR a hand held audio recording device such as a Zoom recorder)

  • Raw idea for a podcast series (this can just be a basic idea)
  • Access to basic audio editing software on a computer for AFTER the course so you can apply what you have learnt e.g. Garage Band, Audacity, Wavepad, or Adobe Audition. ProTools also appropriate. Participants will use Adobe Audition software in the course.


Madeline Joannou loves all things audio and has a particular passion for radio. She has been working as an Audio Producer for the last 10 years in commercial radio, diving in the deep end by starting her career on 2Day FM's Kyle & Jackie O Show producing all of their in-show audio content and promos. She then moved onto various production roles at Vega 95.3 (when it was a brand new station) Nova 96.9, Mix 1065 and 101.7 WSFM among others.

Madeline was involved in the re-brand launch and creation of Sydney's KIIS 1065 in 2014. She was one of two Audio Producers chosen for this highly confidential project involving the creation of the stations custom sound design in line with the KIIS 1065 marketing strategy, brand name, positioning statement, music format and breakfast show. At the time she was also the Audio Producer for the drive show on Mix/KIIS which was Rosso on Drive and worked closely with them and the team to create captivating comedy sketches, song parodies and daily podcasts to keep the listeners entertained and coming back each day for more.

Madeline currently works at the ABC as part of the ABC MADE team primarily focusing on 702 ABC Sydney as their Radio Promotions Producer. In this role Madeline works across all of the station's programs producing their promos and also working across other ABC radio brands when required such as News Radio, Radio National, and Classic FM to do the same.

Madeline also works for the internationally renowned U.S production company ReelWorld as one of their Audio Producers, creating custom sound design for their Production Vault libraries across several radio formats.

10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281





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