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Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting: Part-Time

Applications open:
05 Jul 2022

Applications close:
04 Nov 2022

Duration:
2 years part-time

Attendance:
Evenings, weekends and some week-long blocks, online

Domestic Fee:
$27,744 ($13,872 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

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1300 223 877

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

Fast-track your career in radio and podcasting

The part-time stream of the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting, offered online over two years, enables you to work full-time while you study remotely. AFTRS also offers a full-time on-campus stream delivered over one year.

This is a hands-on, dynamic program for emerging broadcasters, podcasters and radio producers. Audio storytelling is booming, but not all podcasts and broadcasts were created equal. Through specialised training and collaboration, in class and during live broadcasts, you will learn at an advanced level that the cornerstones of good content are communication, storytelling and knowing your audience.

The Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting will take your career to the next level by preparing you for future roles in radio, podcasting and multi-platform broadcasting. You will learn by doing; working in a stimulating, supportive environment, you will engage in challenges to grow your craft, collaboration and creative skills.

 

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A range of scholarships are available to successful applicants of the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting (part-time); you will be prompted to apply for them following your submission –

  • ABC Selwyn Speight Excellence Radio Scholarship
  • Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship
  • Glenn Daniel News Scholarship
  • CRA Podcast Scholarship
  • First Nations Scholarships

AFTRS scholarships

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 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 program produces creative radio and podcast professionals capable of shaping the future of the Australian radio and podcast industry.

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

During the program, you will have the opportunity to collaborate to produce up to 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. All students will be offered a professional placement in their final semester.

Your learning will also extend beyond the school environment. Professionals from all radio sectors take part in program instruction, passing on their knowledge and experience.

This program 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 and Podcasting is designed specifically to meet the needs of the Australian radio and podcast industry and is firmly based in practical craft development. The program 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:

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

Meet Your Lecturers

Natalie Pozdeev

Natalie Pozdeev is a media education specialist, with expertise in practice-based radio, journalism and digital content training. As Program Convenor…

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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, newsreader and editor, Jess…

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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 25 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 program is to prepare radio professionals for their future roles in the radio, podcast and multiplatform broadcasting industries. This Program is firmly based in practical craft development, balanced with theoretical frameworks that equip students to think critically and evaluate complex problems in order to reach radio and podcast 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 audio 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

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 program 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 applications@aftrs.edu.au.

5. ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their application tasks. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview.

Admission requirements

Places in this program 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:

  • 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 your application

Applicants without a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level are required to demonstrate how they have completed equivalent relevant work experience and/or training by submitting a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au..

2. Selection criteria

  1. Evidence of interest in, engagement with and aspirations within Radio and/or Podcasting, or related industries.
  2. Evidence of curiosity, original creative thinking, and enthusiasm.
  3. Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.
  4. Excellent communication skills, including for a broadcast, online or live audience.
  5. Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

Refer to the application rubric for more information.

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. AUDIO TASK

Submit two audio recordings.

A. Tell us your story

Tell us about yourself in two minutes. You might include: where your family is from, what makes you unique, about your interests or hobbies, why you want to study at AFTRS, a story you’d like to tell, or anything else you want us to know about you.

B. Record a segment for radio or podcast

Choose a radio station or podcast, and record a one-minute segment or talk break for it.

The segment can be as creative as you wish. You can also include audio elements like music, sound effects, callers or interview guests if you’d like.

Include a written note to tell us which radio station or podcast you have chosen, and which audience your segment would appeal to.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR SELECTION CRITERIA ASSESSED
We are listening for your potential to make compelling audio that can connect to your audience, not your technical skills (we can teach you those). Evidence of curiosity, original creative thinking, and enthusiasm.

Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.

Excellent communication skills, including for a broadcast, online or live audience.

Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

All audio should be submitted as an MP3 file. Audio can be recorded on any device/s, including smartphones.

2. WRITTEN TASK
Submit a copy of your current resume or CV. Make sure you include details of all of your relevant experience, and your goals in radio and podcasting.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR SELECTION CRITERIA ASSESSED
We want to understand what your career aspirations are. we look for your commitment to media or related fields. Evidence of interest in, engagement with and aspirations within Radio and/or Podcasting, or related industries.

Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

Please submit PDF text documents.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee shown above is the indicative program tuition fee, expressed as both a total program 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 program is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships are available to successful applicants of the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting (part-time); you will be prompted to apply for them following your submission –

  • ABC Selwyn Speight Excellence Radio Scholarship
  • Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship
  • Glenn Daniel News Scholarship
  • CRA Podcast Scholarship
  • First Nations Scholarships

AFTRS scholarships

Laptop specifications

  • Intel® PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions
    (please find version-specific qualifications in the Windows OS Compatibility Grid below)
  • Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
  • Pro Tools – Intel® Core i5 processor
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate – Intel® Core i9 or Intel® Xeon processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB 2-port for an ilok
  • Compatible NVIDIA graphics card (see machine-specific Slot Order & Configuration pages linked below for tested NVIDIA card models)
  • Smartphone suitable to take photos and film video
  • Internet access

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 program 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 applications@aftrs.edu.au.

5. ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their application tasks. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview.

Admission requirements

Places in this program 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:

  • 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 your application

Applicants without a relevant undergraduate degree at bachelor level are required to demonstrate how they have completed equivalent relevant work experience and/or training by submitting a Degree Equivalence Form. For more information, please contact the Admissions team at applications@aftrs.edu.au..

2. Selection criteria

  1. Evidence of interest in, engagement with and aspirations within Radio and/or Podcasting, or related industries.
  2. Evidence of curiosity, original creative thinking, and enthusiasm.
  3. Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.
  4. Excellent communication skills, including for a broadcast, online or live audience.
  5. Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

Refer to the application rubric for more information.

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. AUDIO TASK

Submit two audio recordings.

A. Tell us your story

Tell us about yourself in two minutes. You might include: where your family is from, what makes you unique, about your interests or hobbies, why you want to study at AFTRS, a story you’d like to tell, or anything else you want us to know about you.

B. Record a segment for radio or podcast

Choose a radio station or podcast, and record a one-minute segment or talk break for it.

The segment can be as creative as you wish. You can also include audio elements like music, sound effects, callers or interview guests if you’d like.

Include a written note to tell us which radio station or podcast you have chosen, and which audience your segment would appeal to.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR SELECTION CRITERIA ASSESSED
We are listening for your potential to make compelling audio that can connect to your audience, not your technical skills (we can teach you those). Evidence of curiosity, original creative thinking, and enthusiasm.

Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks and critical thinking.

Excellent communication skills, including for a broadcast, online or live audience.

Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

All audio should be submitted as an MP3 file. Audio can be recorded on any device/s, including smartphones.

2. WRITTEN TASK
Submit a copy of your current resume or CV. Make sure you include details of all of your relevant experience, and your goals in radio and podcasting.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR SELECTION CRITERIA ASSESSED
We want to understand what your career aspirations are. we look for your commitment to media or related fields. Evidence of interest in, engagement with and aspirations within Radio and/or Podcasting, or related industries.

Broad life experience, general knowledge, specialist knowledge on any topic and/or cultural knowledge.

Please submit PDF text documents.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee shown above is the indicative program tuition fee, expressed as both a total program 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 program is FEE-HELP approved. Refer to the Study Assist website for details.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships are available to successful applicants of the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting (part-time); you will be prompted to apply for them following your submission –

  • ABC Selwyn Speight Excellence Radio Scholarship
  • Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship
  • Glenn Daniel News Scholarship
  • CRA Podcast Scholarship
  • First Nations Scholarships

AFTRS scholarships

Laptop specifications

  • Intel® PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions
    (please find version-specific qualifications in the Windows OS Compatibility Grid below)
  • Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
  • Pro Tools – Intel® Core i5 processor
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate – Intel® Core i9 or Intel® Xeon processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB 2-port for an ilok
  • Compatible NVIDIA graphics card (see machine-specific Slot Order & Configuration pages linked below for tested NVIDIA card models)
  • Smartphone suitable to take photos and film video
  • Internet access

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.