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Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting

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Fast-track your career in radio and podcasting

The Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting is a hands-on and dynamic course 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 program will take your career in radio and podcasting 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 supportive environment to engage in challenges to grow your craft, collaboration, creativity and confidence and prepare you for future roles in radio, podcasting and multi-platform broadcasting.

AFTRS offers flexible study options for this course: study on-campus or online and choose between 1-4 subjects per semester.

“The part time online course suits my location and work schedule. It’s about flexing a creative muscle that’s always been there. I’ve always loved radio.”
Myoung Jae Yi
“The AFTRS lecturers have been really supportive the whole way through. Giving us direction and guidance, but also technical skills. We get feedback from people who are producing shows right now. It’s been really good having those insights into what our working life might look like when we finish.”
Dr Angela Tjeuw

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

AFTRS scholarships

Explore AFTRS’ screen and audio postgrad courses in person or online. Meet staff, tour facilities, and gain personalised advice.

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GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN RADIO AND PODCASTING

“AFTRS essentially got me this job. It connected me with the people who were important in order to make this happen. I mean, I’m still at AFTRS and I’m already employed full time. That’s a testament to AFTRS.”
Gareth Thomson

Create compelling content for radio and digital platforms

Discover how to deliver innovative content, fast-tracking your radio and podcasting career in AFTRS’ state-of-the-art digital studios.

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 radio and podcast 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 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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Andrea Ho

Andrea Ho is a media professional and an experienced leader, broadcaster and content maker. Andrea started her broadcasting career in…

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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

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting is a competitive, merit-based process. All applicants must meet the Admission Requirements, and submit the required Application Tasks.

Submitting your application is an easy, online process. The Application Portal will guide you through each stage and allows you to save and come back to your application any time before the close date.

Applications for the 2025 intake are expected to open on Monday 17 June 2024, and close at 11.55pm Tuesday 29 October 2024.

We are committed to accessibility and providing reasonable adjustments through our admissions process. If you require any support or reasonable adjustments, please contact our Admissions Team.

For more information on how to apply, including admission requirements, evidence required, application tasks and what we’re looking for, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Admission requirements

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting requires you to meet the following:

Prior Education
You are required to meet one of the following categories:

  • An undergraduate degree at bachelor level or higher OR
  • Equivalent work experience and/or training

Citizenship/Residency
Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting is only available to domestic students. You are considered a domestic student for application purposes if you are:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

For more information on Admission Requirements, and the evidence you’ll be required to submit, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Application tasks

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio & Podcasting is a competitive, merit-based process. As well as meeting the Admission Requirements, you will need to submit the following application tasks.

Audio Task
Tell us your story – tell us about yourself and why you want to study at AFTRS in two-minutes.

Record a segment for radio or podcast – choose a radio station or podcast and record a one-minute segment or talk break for it. Include a text document describing which radio station or podcast you have chosen, and which audience your segment would appeal to.

Audio can be recorded on any device/s including smart phones. We are not assessing your technical skills or access to equipment.

Written Task
Provide a 1-2 page resume or CV, including all your relevant experience. This should include date ranges for your experiences and the contact details of one reference who may be contacted to verify any details. Do not include your own contact details to the document.

For more guidance on your Application Tasks, and what we’re looking for, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Fees and Scholarships

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 (full-time); you will be prompted to apply for them following your submission.

AFTRS scholarships

More Information

International Applicants
Admission into the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production is only available to domestic students.

You are considered a domestic student for application purposes if you are:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

Laptop Specifications
A laptop with the following recommended specifications will support your completion of this course:

  • 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

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting is a competitive, merit-based process. All applicants must meet the Admission Requirements, and submit the required Application Tasks.

Submitting your application is an easy, online process. The Application Portal will guide you through each stage and allows you to save and come back to your application any time before the close date.

Applications for the 2025 intake are expected to open on Monday 17 June 2024, and close at 11.55pm Tuesday 29 October 2024.

We are committed to accessibility and providing reasonable adjustments through our admissions process. If you require any support or reasonable adjustments, please contact our Admissions Team.

For more information on how to apply, including admission requirements, evidence required, application tasks and what we’re looking for, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Admission requirements

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting requires you to meet the following:

Prior Education
You are required to meet one of the following categories:

  • An undergraduate degree at bachelor level or higher OR
  • Equivalent work experience and/or training

Citizenship/Residency
Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting is only available to domestic students. You are considered a domestic student for application purposes if you are:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

For more information on Admission Requirements, and the evidence you’ll be required to submit, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Application tasks

Admission into the Graduate Diploma in Radio & Podcasting is a competitive, merit-based process. As well as meeting the Admission Requirements, you will need to submit the following application tasks.

Audio Task
Tell us your story – tell us about yourself and why you want to study at AFTRS in two-minutes.

Record a segment for radio or podcast – choose a radio station or podcast and record a one-minute segment or talk break for it. Include a text document describing which radio station or podcast you have chosen, and which audience your segment would appeal to.

Audio can be recorded on any device/s including smart phones. We are not assessing your technical skills or access to equipment.

Written Task
Provide a 1-2 page resume or CV, including all your relevant experience. This should include date ranges for your experiences and the contact details of one reference who may be contacted to verify any details. Do not include your own contact details to the document.

For more guidance on your Application Tasks, and what we’re looking for, review the Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting 2025 Application Guidance Notes.

Fees and Scholarships

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 (full-time); you will be prompted to apply for them following your submission.

AFTRS scholarships

More Information

International Applicants
Admission into the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production is only available to domestic students.

You are considered a domestic student for application purposes if you are:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

Laptop Specifications
A laptop with the following recommended specifications will support your completion of this course:

  • 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

AFTRS graduates are

Storytellers

Practitioners

Creators

Cultural leaders

Storytellers who possess the courage and integrity to embrace and reflect Australian perspectives.

Practitioners skilled for the screen and audio industries.

Creators who can effectively communicate ideas, problem-solve and collaborate inclusively.

Cultural leaders able to apply positionality and ethics in their practice.

Storytellers

Storytellers who possess the courage and integrity to embrace and reflect Australian perspectives.

Practitioners

Practitioners skilled for the screen and audio industries.

Creators

Creators who can effectively communicate ideas, problem-solve and collaborate inclusively.

Cultural leaders

Cultural leaders able to apply positionality and ethics in their practice.

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Explore AFTRS’ screen and audio postgrad courses in person or online. Meet staff, tour facilities, and gain personalised advice.

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