Diploma in Radio Production & Podcasting: The Today FM School of Radio


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The Today FM School of Radio 2019 has been a huge success! Our ten week professional diploma course in Radio Production & Podcasting is now accepting applications for our second cohort starting on September 30th 2020. Please scroll down for information on the course and on how to book your place today.

What is it?

The Today FM School of Radio, in association with Independent College Dublin, is a dynamic and highly practical training unit, designed to equip aspiring radio professionals with everything they need to know about how the radio industry works.

Designed and coordinated by Patrick Haughey, Podcaster and Senior Producer of Mario’s Sunday Roast on Today FM, this course is for people who want to learn all about radio and podcasting, but who don’t have the time to dedicate to a full time programme. Delivered by highly experience radio professionals, all of whom currently work in Ireland’s leading national commercial broadcaster, the course will bring students face to face with some of the country’s top presenters, producers, engineers and marketeers.

The course is designed to be as practical as possible, combining highly practical class exercises that mirror everyday radio scenarios, and guest speaker presentations. Students will also receive their own Zoom digital recorder to use throughout the course and keep afterwards. Key skills learned over the first nine weeks of the course are then put in to action in week ten, as students come to the Today FM studios and record an ‘as live’ radio show of their own.

“The Today FM School of Radio gave me the information and confidence I needed to pursue a career in media” – Una Donovan, graduate

What will you get out of all this?

    Studio time in Today FM, where you will put together and record an ‘as live’ radio show, under the supervision of Patrick Haughey (Senior Producer, Mario’s Sunday Roast) , and Mary Carroll (Senior Producer of The Last Word on Today FM)

  • A detailed knowledge of the key areas of the radio industry, what each area involves, and what it takes to secure employment within that area
  • The opportunity to meet and work in-class alongside key Today FM staff
  • Core skills needed to create engaging content – defining your audience, story-telling, finding great guests, interview skills, audio editing, and much more
  • A portfolio of work displaying presentation and editing skills, that the student can present when applying for media jobs
  • Studio time in Today FM, where you will put together and record an ‘as live’ radio show, under the supervision of Patrick Haughey – Senior Producer of Mario’s Sunday Roast and Mary Carroll, Senior Producer of the Last Word with Matt Cooper

“I would highly recommend the course as it offers professional learning in a really fun environment” – Nerys Garfield, graduate

Course Duration

One evening per week between 6.30pm & 9.30pm for 9 weeks, final week on a Saturday between 9.00am & 12.00

Meet our graduates

Hear some of the final projects and see photos of past graduates of Today FM’s School of Radio here


Read testimonials from our graduates here

The topics we’ll be covering:

  • An overview of the radio industry.
  • The anatomy of a radio station.
  • Learn how to use your digital recorder.
  • Presenting a music show – picking the music, filling the gaps, and learning how to develop your voice.
  • Presenting a talk show – the preparation and execution of a great interview.
  • Producing a talk show – developing a successful relationship with your presenter, and handling the pressure of directing a live show
  • Essential research skills – how to find and pitch great ideas, pre-interviewing guests, and briefing your presenter.
  • The Newsroom – picking the stories, and reading live bulletins.
  • Digital editing techniques.
  • Podcasting – formats, platforms and equipment.

Our final thought for the day…

No matter what area of radio you want to work in – presenting, production, sales, or marketing – a basic understanding of how all of the various ‘parts’ of a radio station work is essential.

The Today FM School of Radio and Podcasting will give you this key knowledge, in a highly practical, relevant and creative way.

You will also leave the course with a portfolio of work (recorded interviews and voxpops, presenter briefs, editorial pitches etc) that you will give you a solid advantage in future job interviews.

And don’t forget the Zoom digital recorder that’s yours to keep as part of the course – an essential piece of equipment for working in radio.

“Go on! Get involved and follow your dream!” – Declan Ralph, graduate

Independent College Dublin has an open admissions policy for entry to the Today FM Award in Radio Production. However, in certain circumstances it may be deemed necessary to seek additional information from a candidate to ascertain their suitability for the course in question.  This additional information may take the form of a Curriculum Vitae, professional or academic references or an informal interview.  In the event that a candidate is deemed unsuitable for the course, best efforts will be undertaken to find a more suitable programme for the candidate.

Part Time: €1,295 (includes digital recorder)

Contact Details

Our courses this year are now full. Our next course will start in February 2021.


The Admissions Office:
Phone:+353 1 8773925
E-mail: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

Most lectures take place in Independent Colleges on Foley St in Dublin City Centre, and time is spent in the Today FM studio during the first and last module.

“[It] helped reignite my passion for the medium and gave me the confidence to pursue a job in radio” – Meghan O’Connor, graduate