Film and Creative Media

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Do you have an interest in working in film and creative media? Do you have IT skills, creativity and want to develop your skills in the area? Do you have confidence in your own ability and think you can bring your talents to the film and media world? If so, you’ve found the course for you.

What is Film and Creative Media?

This course uses film and creative media focuses on filmmaking, technological transformations in the area as well as technological challenges in society.

What third level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Film and Creative Media – DBS


  • Marketing with Digital Media
  • Communications and Media Production
  • Creative Digital Media
  • Film and Creative Media
  • Media Studies

Studying Film and Creative Media in college

Film and Creative Media is a four year Level 7, three year course offered by Dublin Business School (DBS). This course will give you the opportunity to gain critical exposure to creative media and film practices while becoming familiar with working in the area. There are a number of similar courses available and also PLC courses in this area that may also be of interest. 

Your first year of any course acts as your foundation year where you will become familiar with all the basic information and knowledge you will need to develop and continue in your course. You will become familiar with the basic principles of film and creative media and gain an insight into what is to come throughout your course in the coming years. 

Examples of modules you will cover in your first year will include Digital Film Production, New Media Writing, Multimedia Tool, Investigating the Creative Media Industry, Film, Cinema and Screen Today, Creativity & Design in Practice, Sound Production and Storytelling in the Digital Age.

Your second year will introduce you to more in depth information and help you to expand your knowledge in areas you will not yet have touched in your course. You will study modules including Audio Tech & Technique, Principles: Light, Camera, Photography, Software 1: Professional Editing Platforms, The Moving Image, Media & Identity and Writing for Screen Media. Your second year will also give you the opportunity to take professional practice to gain experience in the working world of Film and Creative Media.

Your final year will see you tackle different modules including Audio for Podcasting, Performance & Radio, Exploring Popular Culture, Professional Practice: Project Management, Camerawork, Scriptwriting and Development, Software 2: Animation, Titles and Publishing, Audio for Film & Screen, Contemporary Film & Television and Creative Projects.

Graduates of this three year course can continue into their fourth year of Film and Creative Media which is a Level 8 course. 

Career Options 

There are a number of careers you can gain from studying Film and Creative Media. There are career opportunities in areas from film, TV, and animation, independent live action production and social media content creation to distribution, cinema exhibition and TV broadcasting. 

There are also career opportunities in education and research as well as the option to continue your study at postgraduate level to specialise in a particular area of your interest. 

Skills and qualities that are important in this area include excellent communication skills, creativity, computer skills, confidence in your ability, organisation skills, time management skills, the ability to meet deadlines, work well under pressure, flexibility and the ability to work well and cooperate with others. 

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  • Writer
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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule. Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

Specific courses may have their own requirements. Certain QQI courses may be accepted. 

All applicants who applied for this course last year were offered a place. If you would like to skip straight to the four year Level 8 course, the points needed to study it last year were 202 points. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • The world’s first commercial film screening took place in 1895 at the Grande Cafe in Paris.
  • ‘The Gulf Between’ was the first film to be made in colour in 1917.
  • The first ever film device was made by French inventor Louis Le Prince


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Aedín Dunne

Media Studies
Communications and Media Production


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