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TVR1002 Introduction to Radio Production

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in TVR1002 if FTR2002 has been previously completed.


TVR1002 is an introduction to the radio industry, and takes you to the foundational concept of the “theatre of the mind”. This course aims to provide students with the foundational knowledge around the history of radio, its growth over the years, its uniqueness as a medium and the association roles and functions as part of the day to day operation.
Broadcast radio and podcasting are growth industries. The portability of radio is a great asset to the industry as people consume radio through a range of devices. The diversity of programs, formats and content is an appealing aspect of radio.

Away from on air presenting, radio offers a range of employment opportunities from marketing and sales, promotions, music programming, producing, copywriting and many more roles.

Going to air live is a significant responsibility and in the course, students will understand the basic broadcast laws, and how to be a responsible, engaging on-air presenter. This involves the pre-production for a radio or podcast show, the delivery of the show and the post production for delivery of interviews to a wider audience. Phoenix Radio is the university radio station that provides on air experience, online, and on air.

Students of this course will learn how to interview, be aware of the audience and engage the audience in a commercial or public radio environment. The use of the voice is important and attention to voice will be given in this course. Students will also learn the valuable skill of producing for self or for a colleague. As part of the process, students will learn the industry software, how to effectively panel a radio show and write and use scripting. Develop a meaningful and engaging radio show.

Students will also learn and apply the language and terminology of the broadcast radio industry, become familiar with the ratings system and how to apply that to everyday practice. Our industry relationships are strong and placements as well as guest presenters on campus provide additional input and support. The residential schools will provide students with full access to the radio studio and to industry people.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023