This comprehensive course offers participants the opportunity to gain the key practical skills and experience needed to work in the radio and wider media sector. It’s the only full-time radio course in Ireland to have won 4 PPI National Radio awards. Participants will receive a comprehensive grounding in: media background studies, researching and recording information, radio journalism techniques, radio studio production, commercial radio production and radio station operations. They will learn how to research, plan and pitch programme ideas for particular target audiences and bring those ideas to fruition. The learning outcomes are firmly focused on enabling participants to secure sustainable employment in the radio broadcast sector.
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A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, practical work training, discussion groups, role plays, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of written exercises and practical assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include practical assignments, theory exams, practical exams, project work, portfolios, learner records and skills demonstrations.
- Reached the statutory school leaving age.
- Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent.
- A proven aptitude and interest in written and spoken English.
- Knowledge and interest in media, radio, news, current affairs, music, etc.
- Ability to work effectively within a team.
- Aptitude for and an interest in the science of sound and audio technology.
- An appreciation of the demands and work patterns of a busy radio station newsroom and programme production unit.
- A clear speaking voice is desirable.
- Previous experience in the media industries is an advantage but not essential.
- Competence in Irish or another European language is desirable.
Graduates from the course pursue jobs in radio stations, independent production companies, print journalism, online media and related industries. There are a wide variety of jobs open to them. These include Broadcast Assistant, Researcher, News Journalist, Sports Journalist, Commercial Producer, Sound Engineer, Commercial Voice-over, Programme Producer and Programme Presenter. Typically, course graduates seek internship and junior positions to build on their experience and further their careers. Former graduates of this course work at the BBC, RTE, Communicorp, ITV Radio, Independent News and Media, Thomas Crosbie Holdings, the Independent Local Radio sector, and a host of other on-line and media production companies.