Radio Broadcasting (50 Week)

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.


          Course Modules.

  • Induction – the planned outcomes and conditions attached to attendance on the course; good safety, health and hygiene practices; the basic principles involved in environmental issues; and the meaning of equal opportunities.
  • Working in the Audio Visual Industries*
    investigate the organisation, regulation and working practices within the media sector in order to gain an understanding of their modus operandi, main legal constraints, professional practices and health and safety practices.
  • Researching and Presenting Information* – use a variety of research methods to gather information from primary and secondary sources and present the information using suitable formats.
  • Storytelling & Journalism* – plan, research, organise and produce news bulletins, packages and journalistic items for radio.
  • Producing Radio Programmes* – produce radio items using appropriate equipment and standard procedures. Display a broad understanding of how the media industry operates, with particular reference to radio broadcasting roles, radio production roles, how to pitch ideas and how to apply for various broadcasting funding schemes.


 

  

  • Producing Creative Audio*
    plan, record, edit and produce a variety of creative audio items; research, devise and agree a design brief for a creative audio item; and produce the documentation to accompany an item.

    • Recording Sound* – devise, plan and produce items of sound
      recording to brief. Develop practical skills in relevant areas of sound recording such as selecting and setting up equipment, operating a mixing
      desk, editing and mastering material.
    • Video Production Techniques* –devise, plan and produce video items to given criteria. Develop practical skills in relevant areas of video production such as researching, scripting, storyboarding, camera, lighting, sound,editing and logging.
    • Career planning and job seeking skills – plan and achieve realistic employment and career goals.
    • In Company – work independently, while under general supervision, in an organisation or specific vocational context related to radio broadcasting and carry out vocationally related radio broadcasting tasks over a period of time.

 

*Denotes assessed modules.

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.

  • Have reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Have Leaving Certificate Standard of education or equivalent.
  • Have a good verbal and written command of the English language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people at different levels.
  • Have the capacity to take direction.
  • Have the ability to work on their own initiative and to work with others as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate clear professional development goals linked to the training programme.
  • Demonstrate a significant interest in working within the media sector.
  • High level of computer literacy.

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.