Radio is a fast-paced and dynamic medium. It is often the first to break the news and for many listeners it is the primary source of entertainment and information. Radio is at the forefront of popular culture – delivering music, opinion and information to ever more savvy audiences. Today’s radio stations are also developing an increasingly sophisticated online presence and creating new ways to interact with audiences.
The Radio major in the Bachelor of Communication Studies degree (BCS) helps you develop the skills to become a multi-skilled, well-grounded, adaptable and creative broadcaster ready to enter the radio industry.
Year one papers - 120 points in total
Introduces essential theory and practice as a basis for later specialisation. This focuses on media and interpersonal communication and the relationships between communication, technology and New Zealand society.
CORE PAPERS145701 Interpersonal Communication (15)
Years two and three
You will be engaged in a range of professional tasks: announcing, writing and selling commercials, writing features, recording and producing items for broadcast, researching and presenting documentaries, compiling and presenting news and organising station and client promotions.
You will get to know the business of radio and how both public and private broadcasters operate behind the scenes. You will gain significant knowledge and experience of radio as an enterprise, a media form, a practice and a vocation.
During these years you will run an FM and online radio station with other Radio students. You will be onair and also involved with the day-to-day management of the station; creating the format, managing the playlists, selling advertising, writing features and commercials, promoting and marketing the station and its clients and learning how to work as a team in a fast-paced and highly creative media enterprise.
Year two papers - 120 points in totalCORE PAPERS
Choose 60 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. Students are recommended to take pre-requisite papers from another major. If you wish to take a minor 30 points of these papers at level 6 may be in your minor subject area.
Year three papers - 120 points in totalCORE PAPER:
SELECT 60 points
Choose 60 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. If you wish to take a minor 30 points of these papers at level 7 may be in your minor subject area.
145705 Principles of Writing (15)
145719 Introduction to Popular Culture (15)
145720 Performance Communication (15)
145724 Audio Production Techniques (15)
145726 Screen Narrative Production (15)
145727 Principles of Journalism (15) (compulsory for Journalism major)
915404 Sound Production (15)
915405 Technology and Composition (15)
116232 Photography (15)
146755 Screen Production Practice (15)
386626 Advertising Media Planning (15)
466650 Project Management (15)
916100 Technology and Creative Expression (15)
147723 Persuasive Communication (15)
147732 Editing and Design (15)
147734 Magazine Journalism (15)
147753 New Media Journalism (15)
147761 Screen Writing: Drama (15)
147762 Screen Writing: Non-Fiction (15)
147777 The Music Industries (15)
147786 Advanced Studio Production (15)
147787 News Production (15)
147788 Performance for Camera (15)
147789 Radio Journalism (15)
147790 Photo Journalism (15)
147791 Television Journalism (15)
147792 Advanced Copywriting (15)
147803 Writing for the Studio (15)
147804 Screen Production Management (15)
147805 Selected Topics in Advertising Creativity (15)
147813 Radio and Society (15)
147816 Promotional Culture (15)
147817 Broadcast Interviews and Production (15)
147825 Reporting the Pacific Region (15)
147826 Maori and Pasifika Media Industry (15)
147827 Sponsorship and Promotion (15)
147832 Advanced Advertising Art Direction (15)
147833 Communication in the Business Environment (15)
147836 Creative Marketplace (15)
147837 Creative Industries and Film (15)
487964 Integrated Marketing Communications (15)