Arts Ads: Creating a Radio Ad

Arts Centre Melbourne

Short, punchy radio advertisements are often used to promote arts events and products. In this workshop, students will record pre-prepared scripts using a microphone, and then add sound effects and music to bring the ad to life.

Before the workshop
Before attending this workshops, students will write a short advertisement at school, no longer than 100 words (half a page), for a 30 second advertisement. They will need to bring this piece of writing to The Channel on the day of the workshop.

This workshop works particularly well if advertising a real life event. Some events students have made advertisements for include:
Production, Musical or Eisteddfod
Fete or Market
Voiceover for school’s on-hold or message-bank recording
Arts Exhibition

Students can use the Radio Ad Pro-Forma template to get started - it outlines the details that need to be included. They can then use those notes to create a script. Remember to use lots of exciting language and include a call-to-action!
This can be download from this page.

During the workshop
  • Record voice using a microphone
  • Explore methods for recording and editing an advertising script
  • Learn basic sound design principles
  • Work with sound effects and music to influence and persuade

After the workshop
Student work will be made available for download after the workshop, emailed to the teacher making the booking.

Suitable for Years 3 - 12

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Media Arts, English, Ict, Design & Technology.


Media, Radio Play, Advertising, Communication, Interdisciplinary Learning, Physical Personal And Social Learning




1.5 hours or 3.5 hours


$18 per student (1.5hr workshop), or $24 per student (3.5 hour workshop) (Minimum charge 15 students)


The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, VIC)

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


All Year - On demand (subject to availability)
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