Radio and Audio Media Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Develop key skills for a career in radio, and run an FM and online radio station with other radio students. Make industry connections and get practical experience.

Radio is fast-paced, dynamic and immediate. Radio works smoothly on multiple platforms, and is at the forefront of popular culture – delivering music, opinion and information to ever more savvy and demanding audiences. If you love music and popular culture, radio and audio media could offer a number of great career opportunities.

AUT radio and audio media students are sought after by major radio companies for part-time work during their studies and exciting careers after they graduate.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

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Get to know the business of radio, and run an FM and online radio station with other students. You create the format, manage the playlists, sell advertising, write features and commercials, promote the station and its clients, and learn how to work as a team in a fast paced and creative media enterprise.

Static 88.1 FM (AUT student radio) website

Year 1

This year you take eight core courses that give you an overview of the media world and communication theories:

Year 2

You take four courses related to radio and audio media, getting to know the business of radio, studio practices, radio programming strategies and the different roles involved in putting a radio show together. You learn more about podcasting and the role of the internet in radio productions.

You study the following courses:

You also take courses from your second major, your minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 3

You learn more about the role of the music industry in radio operations, and interact with key people from Radio New Zealand, MediaWorks, NZME and The Radio Bureau.

You study the following courses:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, your minor(s) or elective courses.

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  • Announcer/radio journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Account executive
  • Media planner
  • Music director or programmer
  • Producer
  • Production or studio engineer
  • Programme director
  • Promotions or station manager
  • Record company representative
  • Studio engineer

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Radio and Audio Media

Key features
  • NZ’s only university degree in radio
  • Access to our state-of-the-art radio and audio studios
  • Real experience in our student radio station, Static 88.1 FM
  • Interact with representatives from Radio New Zealand, RadioWorks, NZME and The Radio Bureau
See yourself as
  • A creative thought starter
  • Capable of thinking on your feet
  • Interested in people, popular culture and current events
  • Keen to communicate through radio
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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