Careers in Radio Production

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What is Radio Production? 

Radio Production is the process by which a radio is made. Students interested in careers in radio production will study methods from composition and production and broadcasting.  

What 3rd Level Courses are Available? 

  • Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 
    • Radio Production – the study of radio production and broadcasting.
    • Radio Broadcast – the study presenting radio for news or entertainment. 
    • Podcasting – the study of presenting content for availability online.

Studying Radio Production in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students an introduction to the foundational principles of radio and media, including radio creation, production, and distribution. 

Depending on the focus of their radio production studies, students will likely move from exam-based modules to more hands-on production modules. Most media studies courses will combine lectures, exams, production projects, and written practical work as benchmark assessments for students. 

Most undergraduate Radio Production courses in Ireland run for three or four years. In some cases universities will facilitate work or internship experience as a facet of their program. 

It is common that all media-based courses will require students to complete long-term research or production projects including a final Capstone project. This will ensure the completion of a rigorous curriculum and prepare students for postgraduate studies or for their careers in radio production. 

A bachelor’s degree in media studies is adequate for many careers in radio production. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working in radio and television development, sound and picture editing, or animation. 

Career Options

Graduating from college with a degree in radio production studies will serve you well as it equips you with a unique and marketable skill set. A media degree teaches students how to think both logically and creatively as well as equipping them with invaluable production and communication skills. 

Many recent graduates have entered into ‘entry-level’ careers in radio production working as radio and television developers, screenwriters and sound designers, and as directors.

Other jobs that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training, and/or experience to qualify for. 

Related Jobs Include:

  • Podcast Star
  • Radio Editor
  • Producer
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Screenwriter
  • Content Producer / Editor
  • Sound Technician
  • Director / Actor
  • Casting Agent

Further Study

An undergraduate degree in Radio Production studies is often the first step towards further postgraduate study. Postgraduate students will often specialize in radio production or analysis, depending on their desired career path after college. 

Visit postgrad.ie for more information. 

FAQ

  • What points do I need to study Radio Production?
    • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best that you check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, English, Irish or another language.
  • Are there any particular qualities you need to study Radio Production?
    • Students interested in careers in Radio production will need to enjoy media and culture as well as have a desire to work creatively in a challenging job market. You will need to be collaborative, innovative, perceptive and curious as well as being able to successfully communicate your own ideas and opinions. 
  • Where can I study Radio Production?
    • Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • In 1919, the first radio station in America opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!
  • An audio broadcast over the radio can travel at nearly 700 miles per hour!
  • The first time the voice of the Japanese Emperor was heard over the radio was when he was announcing Japan’s surrender in WWII!

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