- The Role of Radio and Podcast in Society: A Shared Experience in an increasingly atomised world.
- Styles and Forms – past, present and future (Golden age, Pirate, Commercial, Community, Public Service, Podcast).
- Idea Generation: How to generate original ideas and treatments that resonate.
- Building a Running Order.
- Sourcing and securing contributors.
- Planning and structuring programmes.
- Using sound effectively in radio and podcast features.
- Creating memorable, creative ads and promos.
- Live radio production roles and values.
- Ethical Journalism, diversity, access and representation.
- Outside broadcasts and overseas productions.
- Costing, budgeting and project management.
- Finding a home for your audio work: Successful pitching to broadcasters and Funding bodies.
- Technical aspects of radio production, including recording, editing, mastering, mic technique, studio operations.
DL116 - Certificate Radio + Podcast Production
What is Radio + Podcast Production?
The aim of this course is to immerse you in a real-world newsroom, radio studio and location production environment so that you develop your production skills and gain a significant command of technical abilities required of all forms of broadcast radio and podcasting.
This course presents you with an opportunity to develop your practical skills in the broadcasting industry, to keep pace with the ever-changing technology and its use in broadcasting.
In 2024, there are two intakes:
- Full-time: an intensive 7-week course where you will join the students on our MA in Broadcast Production
- Part-time: a 9-week course with classes 1 evening per week online, and a few Saturdays on campus. The focus is more on creating an independent production (podcasting).
On both courses, you will learn from industry professionals in our state-of-the-art facilities.
What will I do?
We will examine the broadcast landscape in Ireland, and explore ways to create ground-breaking radio and podcasts that resonate. We will listen to, and create multiple examples of audio content in a variety of styles for both live and online contexts. You will also be able to analyse radio journalism as a discipline, and evaluate contemporary audiences and how to reach them.
How will I be assessed?
The course is divided into two sections: Short Feature Production and Live Radio Production.
Students will pitch, produce and deliver a short radio insert of 3-5 minutes duration on the subject of their choice. This is an individual assignment.
This assignment tests the learners’ ability to conceive of, plan, structure, produce and deliver broadcast quality short-feature content for radio. The learners will demonstrate skills such as storyboarding, narrative structuring, sourcing of contributors, interview skills, editing, use of sound and SFX and best practice in terms of ethics.
Full-Time Course: This is a studio-based group assignment. Class will be divided into production groups. Each student will each produce an ‘as-live’ 20 minute radio show on the subject of their choice (Arts/Current Affairs/Magazine/Speciality). Students will crew each other’s shows, and each student will be assessed on their ability to Produce, Present and Tech Op a show. Alongside technical skills, focus will be on populating a running order, sourcing contributors, interview skills, and the generation of paperwork associated with live radio production (briefing notes, running orders, etc.).
Part-Time Course: Each student must produce a 10-minute Podcast to a professional standard. The podcast will contain the relevant content as outlined in the project brief. Appropriate use of technical equipment and production practices will be assessed as part of this project. Final delivery will include the relevant production deliverables as outlined in the brief.
Course Dates + Times
Classes take place from the 8th January to the 20th February 2024, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5pm on campus in the National Film School radio studio and newsroom.
The course runs for 9 weeks from the 22nd February to the 2nd May 2024.
Thursdays, online, 6pm – 9pm:
22nd and 29th February; 7th, 14th and 21st March; 11th, 18th and 25th April; 2nd May.
Saturdays, on campus, 10am – 4pm:
24th February; 9th and 23rd March; 20th and 27th April.
Equipment / Materials Requirements
You will need to have your own headphones, and a 16 or 32 GB SD card for recording purposes.
What are the entry requirements?
This course is suitable for students who have an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level. Experience of the media industries is an additional advantage.
Applicants without a Level 8 qualification may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.
As part of your application you will be required to submit:
- A CV and a reference.
- An online portfolio of your work (links to audio work done are acceptable)
- A personal statement (tell us about your experience/background in any media, what you hope to learn and achieve on the course).
Fees + Scholarships
EU fees for this course in 2024 are €700, subsidised by IADT and the Creative Futures Academy, under the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative.
Non-EU fees are €1,100.
A CFA Scholarship encourages the participation and success of learners from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education by offering a free place in one of our CFA courses and programmes.
Find out if you are eligible to apply HERE
Fill in the CFA@IADT Scholarship application form HERE
The course will enable you to incorporate your skills into your production practices and in your future professional roles.
Professional pathways exist in the audio-visual, web and screen industries. Graduates go on to radio, online content providers, the broadcast media, advertisement agencies, production facilities, company in house production facilities, state and civil society bodies and indeed any group involved in the creation and distribution of audio content.