Radio Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

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When you major in radio at AUT you will learn at AUT's professional radio studio, and broadcast Static FM. From hosting your own show to selling advertising and running promotions, you'll get valuable experience in all aspects of running a radio station. Listen to Static FM now.

Radio is a fast-paced, dynamic medium that has the power of immediacy. It’s often the first medium to break the news and it’s a primary source of entertainment and information. Radio is also at the forefront of popular culture – delivering music, opinion and information to ever more savvy and demanding audiences. The internet has only extended radio’s reach and influence, as radio stations have now developed sophisticated online presences that offer audiences numerous exciting ways to interact with them. These new opportunities create many new ways for radio to reach and interact with audiences hungry for music, news, information and entertainment.

The Radio major in the Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) places equal emphasis on creativity, performance skills, theory, radio station operations and management, and the critical thinking needed to place those skills within the broader context of the medium.

You have many practical opportunities to work in FM and online broadcasting, and will plan, create and deliver content that engages your audiences. You also interact with top industry representatives from organisations such as Radio New Zealand, RadioWorks, NZME and The Radio Bureau.

Key features

  • Only university-based qualification in radio in New Zealand
  • Access to our state-of-the-art radio and audio studios
  • Real experience in our student radio station, Static 88.1fm

More information about the Bachelor of Communication Studies


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year students study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

Year 1
Level 5:
145701 Interpersonal Communication (15 points)

145708 Media Communication I (15 points)

145717 Image and Sound (15 points)

145718 Media Production Workshop (30 points)

PHIL580 Applied Media Ethics (15 points)

SELECT a further 30 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Years 2 and 3
You get to know the business of radio and how both public and private broadcasters operate behind the scenes. You’ll 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.

During these years you run an FM and online radio station with other radio students. You’ll be on-air and involved with the day-to-day management of the station. This involves 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 2 papers
Level 6:
146712 Radio Production I (15 points)
146719 Intercultural Communication (15 points)
146754 Radio Production II (15 points)
COMM601 Media Communication II (15 points)

SELECT a further 60 points from optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. Students are recommended to take prerequisite 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 3
Level 7:
147717 Media Communication III (15 points)
147757 Research Project Radio (15 points)
147758 Radio Performance (30 points)
147760 Applied Radio Techniques (15 points)

SELECT a further 45 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.

Level 5:
145705 Principles of Writing (15 points)

145719 Introduction to Popular Culture (15 points)

145720 Performance Communication (15 points)

145724 Audio Production Techniques (15 points)

145726 Screen Narrative Production (15 points)

915404 Sound Production (15 points)

915405 Technology and Composition (15 points)

Level 6:
116232 Photography (15 points)
916100 Technology and Creative Expression (15 points)
ADVT602 Media Psychology, Strategy and Planning (15 points)
MARS603 Communications in Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales (15 points)
TVSP600 Screen Production Practice (15 points)

Level 7:
147732 Editing and Design (15 points)
147734 Magazine Journalism (15 points)
147777 The Music Industries (15 points)
147786 Advanced Studio Production (15 points)
147788 Performance for Camera (15 points)
147789 Radio Journalism (15 points)
147790 Photo Journalism (15 points)
147791 Television Journalism (15 points)
147792 Advanced Copywriting (15 points)
147803 Writing for the Studio (15 points)
147804 Screen Production Management (15 points)
147805 Selected Topics in Advertising Creativity (15 points)
147806 Selected Topics in Creative Industries (15 points)
147807 Selected Topics in Journalism (15 points)
147808 Selected Topics in Digital Media (15 points)
147809 Selected Topics in Public Relations (15 points)
147810 Selected Topics in Radio (15 points)
147811 Selected Topics in Television and Screen Production (15 points)
147813 Radio and Society (15 points)
147816 Promotional Culture (15 points)
147817 Broadcast Interviews and Production (15 points)
147825 Reporting the Pacific Region (15 points)
147826 Maori and Pasifika Media Industry (15 points)
147827 Sponsorship and Promotion (15 points)
147829 Professional Communication Practice (15 points)
147832 Advanced Advertising Art Direction (15 points)
147836 Creative Marketplace (15 points)
147837 Creative Industries and Film (15 points)
ADVT702 Specialist Forms of Advertising (15 points)
COMM703 Media and Politics (15 points)
JOUR702 Mobile Journalism (15 points)
JOUR703 Data Journalism (15 points)
MARS705 Trends and Innovations (15 points)
PUBL700 Communication in a Business Environment (15 points)
TVSP702 Screenwriting: Drama (15 points)
TVSP703 Screenwriting: Non-Fiction (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

  • Announcer
  • Copywriter
  • Account executive
  • Media planner
  • Music director
  • Music programmer
  • Producer
  • Production engineer
  • Programme director
  • Promotions manager
  • Radio journalist
  • Record company representative
  • Station manager
  • Studio engineer
  • Website content manager

Last updated: 23-Nov-2015 10.43am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.