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2021 Graduate Diploma in Radio: Part-Time

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Applications open:
06 Jul 2020

Applications close:
30 Sep 2020

Duration:
2 years part-time

Attendance:
Evenings, weekends and some week-long blocks

Domestic Fee:
$26,016 ($13,008 p.a.)

The fee shown is the indicative course tuition fee, expressed as a both a total course cost and per annum cost. For more information, see fees and scholarships below.

FEE-HELP and scholarships available

Fast-track your career in radio and podcasting

This is a hands-on course for emerging broadcasters, podcasters and radio producers. You will learn at an advanced level that the essential elements of good content are communication, storytelling and knowing your audience.

The Graduate Diploma in Radio is delivered in a challenging but supportive learning environment that will prepare students for future roles in radio, podcasting and multi-platform broadcasting.

The part-time stream, offered over two years, enables you to continue working full-time while you study. AFTRS also offers a full-time stream delivered over one year.

Create compelling content for radio and digital platforms

Discover how to deliver innovative content, fast-tracking your radio and podcasting career.

Build key industry contacts

You will learn in AFTRS’ state-of-the-art digital studios, build key contacts as you work alongside industry professionals and emerge with highly sought-after broadcasting and podcasting skills.

Shape the Australian broadcast industry

This course produces creative radio and podcast professionals capable of shaping the future of the Australian broadcast and podcast industry.

Is the 2021 Graduate Diploma in Radio: Part-Time right for you?

During the course you will collaborate to produce four major live broadcasts. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of formats. You’ll develop advanced craft practices in announcing, audio production, program producing, writing, news, voiceover, music directing, online and digital content, podcasting, marketing and integration.

Your learning will also extend beyond the school environment. You’ll visit commercial, ABC and SBS radio stations, and undertake work attachments applying your new learning. Professionals from all radio sectors take part in course instruction, passing on their knowledge and experience.

This course will teach you how to achieve the best possible standards in broadcast and podcasting and develop your confidence in your own creative ability.

Career opportunities

AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio is designed specifically to meet the needs of the Australian radio and podcast industry and is firmly based in practical craft development. The course is structured around analysis of broadcast, podcast, online and multi-platform theory. You will learn about current practices and future trends in radio and podcasting.

Potential careers:

  • Radio and Podcast Announcer
  • Radio and Podcast Producer
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Music Director
  • Panel Operator
  • Podcast Producer
  • News Presenter
  • Feature Maker
  • Copywriter
  • Audio Producer

Meet Your Lecturers

Fyona Smith

Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the development and…

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Jess Campanaro

Jess Campanaro is a Radio and Podcasting professional with 20 years experience. An accomplished Radio journalist, News reader and editor,…

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Tony Rasmussen

Tony is an experienced radio professional with a rich and varied experience in broadcasting and multimedia across a 40 year…

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Dani Torresan

Dani Torresan has been working in Commercial Radio for over 20 years, as an Announcer, Producer and Voice-over Artist. She…

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Taryn La Fauci

Taryn La Fauci is Radio Program Coordinator at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the coordination…

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What you will learn

The focus of this course is to prepare radio professionals for their future roles in the radio, podcast and multi-platform broadcasting industries. This course is firmly based in practical craft development, balanced with theoretical frameworks that equip students to the think critically and evaluate complex problems in order to reach radio and podcast listeners and online audiences. Students will gain core knowledge and skills in collaboration, content development processes, including Indigenous culture and protocols, and existing, new and emerging broadcast platforms.

RADIO AND MULTIPLATFORM BROADCASTING INDUSTRIES

Research analyse and evaluate radio, podcast and multi-platform broadcasting industries, locally national and international.

HIGH QUALITY LIVE CONTENT

Apply advanced technical and creative skills in radio and podcasting to produce compelling, high-quality live and pre-recorded content for broadcast and online.

PROGRAMMING AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

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

CURRENT INDUSTRY PRACTICES AND STANDARDS

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

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How to apply

Admission requirements

Application tasks

Fees and scholarships

To apply you will need to:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).

2. Upload supporting documentation, which includes certified copies of your:
a) Proof of citizenship/residency
b) Highest educational qualification

3. Upload specific application tasks relevant to the course for which you are applying.

4. Agree to the terms and conditions at the end of the application.

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. Save your application and log back in at any time prior to the closing date to pick up where you left off.

When uploading application tasks that are media/video files, please be patient as this can take some time.

If you require assistance, please contact info@aftrs.edu.au.

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

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.

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required have completed the following:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training

Some examples of equivalent work experience and/or training are as follows:

For prospective applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, they are required to have:

  • Year 12 completion plus:
    • Relevant industry/work experience including volunteering on a regular program – 24 months minimum experience OR
    • Industry would include community and/or commercial radio OR
    • Media or sound recording/engineering training and/or experience (24 months minimum)

OR

  • Diploma/Advanced Diploma in a relevant field
    • Eg. TAFE – Screen and Media AND
    • Relevant industry/work experience including volunteering on a regular program – 12-24 months minimum experience

PLUS

  • Demonstrated interest in radio and/or podcasting
  • Letter of reference supporting you application

Prospective students 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, you will need to submit a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

2. Selection criteria

1. Evidence of interest in and engagement with Radio and Podcasting.
2. Evidence of original creative thinking and ability, enthusiasm, development of ideas and experience in communicating those to a broadcast, online or live audience.
3. Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.
4. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work successfully in a team.
5. Broad general knowledge and life experience, and an interest in current affairs and popular culture.

3. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide 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.

4. 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.

1. PRODUCE AND RECORD ITEM

Produce and record a five-minute item for radio or a podcast, on a station of your choice. Identify which station you have chosen. The item can contain any creative audio elements (submit as an MP3). Audio can be recorded on any device, including smart phones. *Podcasts should suit a station’s audience, brand and format

2. PERSONAL STATEMENT

Submit a one-page document outlining your relevant experience, aspirations and an Australian story you are interested in telling.

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

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee shown above is the indicative course tuition fee, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. It is reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment.

FEE-HELP

This course is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

Scholarships

To ensure we reflect Australian society and Australian stories, AFTRS wants to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. To support this, the School has a range of scholarships available to assist degree course students with the costs associated with higher education. Find out more here.

Get Answers

How to apply

To apply you will need to:

1. Answer all mandatory questions marked with an asterisk (*).

2. Upload supporting documentation, which includes certified copies of your:
a) Proof of citizenship/residency
b) Highest educational qualification

3. Upload specific application tasks relevant to the course for which you are applying.

4. Agree to the terms and conditions at the end of the application.

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting. Save your application and log back in at any time prior to the closing date to pick up where you left off.

When uploading application tasks that are media/video files, please be patient as this can take some time.

If you require assistance, please contact info@aftrs.edu.au.

Admission requirements

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

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.

Applicants to postgraduate programs are required have completed the following:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level, or to have completed equivalent work experience and/or training

Some examples of equivalent work experience and/or training are as follows:

For prospective applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, they are required to have:

  • Year 12 completion plus:
    • Relevant industry/work experience including volunteering on a regular program – 24 months minimum experience OR
    • Industry would include community and/or commercial radio OR
    • Media or sound recording/engineering training and/or experience (24 months minimum)

OR

  • Diploma/Advanced Diploma in a relevant field
    • Eg. TAFE – Screen and Media AND
    • Relevant industry/work experience including volunteering on a regular program – 12-24 months minimum experience

PLUS

  • Demonstrated interest in radio and/or podcasting
  • Letter of reference supporting you application

Prospective students 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, you will need to submit a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au.

2. Selection criteria

1. Evidence of interest in and engagement with Radio and Podcasting.
2. Evidence of original creative thinking and ability, enthusiasm, development of ideas and experience in communicating those to a broadcast, online or live audience.
3. Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.
4. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work successfully in a team.
5. Broad general knowledge and life experience, and an interest in current affairs and popular culture.

3. Resume and Educational Qualifications

Provide a one-page list of your achievements, educational qualifications and work experience. You must also provide 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.

4. 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.

Application tasks

1. PRODUCE AND RECORD ITEM

Produce and record a five-minute item for radio or a podcast, on a station of your choice. Identify which station you have chosen. The item can contain any creative audio elements (submit as an MP3). Audio can be recorded on any device, including smart phones. *Podcasts should suit a station’s audience, brand and format

2. PERSONAL STATEMENT

Submit a one-page document outlining your relevant experience, aspirations and an Australian story you are interested in telling.

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

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee shown above is the indicative course tuition fee, expressed as both a total course cost and per annum cost. It is reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment.

FEE-HELP

This course is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

Scholarships

To ensure we reflect Australian society and Australian stories, AFTRS wants to work with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. To support this, the School has a range of scholarships available to assist degree course students with the costs associated with higher education. Find out more here.

DISCLAIMER: 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 without notice.