Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
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Become skilled in radio and related fields with our highly regarded radio specialisation.
This highly practical programme will equip you with the skills and theory necessary to become a radio professional.
We develop your understanding of the changing media environment, your practical research skills and prepare you for a first-time position in radio or online.
You'll study production and performance while operating a commercial radio station, broadcasting throughout the Canterbury region.
Our programme has been strongly influenced by industry groups such as NZME, Mediaworks and The Radio Broadcasters Association.
Our 24-week industry internship provides you with a highly effective link between the theoretical and practical aspects of broadcasting, and gives you a working understanding of the industry demands of working in a deadline driven environment.
When you graduate you may move into stand-alone or network radio stations in roles as diverse as on-air presenting, news, creative writing, online content creation, programming, production, or sales and marketing.
Use this qualification as a foundation for further postgraduate study in media and communications.
NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of 3 subjects from the list of approved subjects*
and Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements
* NZQA approved subjects
Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.
English language requirements:
IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
SPEAKING – 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING – 5.5
TOEFL (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42