Active podcasts have quadrupled in the last three years, and today there are more than 2 million active podcasts and more than 48 million episodes available, according to Podcast Insights.
To address the market’s rapid expansion, Trident Technical College’s Film, Media and Visual Arts department is now offering a series of podcast courses, starting this month, the school said in a news release. And you don’t have to be a TTC student to attend.
“Podcasting has grown into a big industry on its own,” said Glenn Seale, dean of film, media and visual arts at Trident Tech. “More and more individuals are inquiring about how to start producing their own podcast, so TTC has decided to offer some basic courses to get people up and running.”
Since the series is a noncredit workforce training course, interested participants, whether they are TCC students or not, can take the two courses: Podcasting Level 1 – Podcasting Basics, and Podcasting Level 2 – Next Step Podcasting: Ready for Launch.
Both courses will be led by Bill West, broadcaster with Cumulus Media Charleston and operator of some of the Southeast’s most listened to radio stations, the release said.
Students will learn how to build their own podcast from start to finish, as well as key elements, such as what attracts subscribers and what types of recording gear, software and hosting options are needed. Students will have access to the college’s media arts facilities and its high-end audio recording equipment.
“Podcasting is the newest evolution of mass communication that allows individuals to broadcast without the need for transmitters, towers or special licenses,” Seale said in a statement. “One of the most exciting aspects of podcasting is that content creators now have the power to be heard worldwide without massive financial investment or permission from annoying gatekeepers.”
Podcasting Level 1 – Podcasting Basics meets 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28-Oct. 5 or Nov. 9-16. Podcasting Level 2 – Next Step Podcasting: Ready for Launch meets 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 12-19 or Nov. 30-Dec. 7. The cost for each course is $189. Registration is now open.