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Certificate in Audio-Visual Production for Online Platforms

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 6
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
w/c 24th January 2022

Course Summary

This course (funded by Springboard+) will give students extensive knowledge, understanding and competencies across a wide range of audio-visual principles and practices for online platforms, including camera operation, video editing, audio mixing, podcasting, vlogging, live streaming, presenting, motion graphics, storytelling, ethics, and media law.

This innovative course is aimed at those who wish to specialize and build their skills in online audio/video production and dissemination.

This course is aimed at upskilling those already involved in the A/V sector and providing a solid skills foundation to those who intend to seek employment in various online positions. This course will be relevant to school leavers, recent graduates and those who wish to reskill. It will be delivered primarily online so that it is relevant to those already working in this area and to those who are geographically removed from the North-East of Ireland.

The course will cover production and post-production skills for online video, content development and scripting for online video, and marketing/entrepreneurship for online content creators. Participants will also gain skills in audio, graphics, presenting, live streaming and VFX for online video.

The course will strive to instill awareness in participants with regard to low-budget production methodologies including home ‘studio’ production - and the many open-source software tools and platforms that can facilitate start-ups in this area. It will also strive to develop participants’ awareness regarding the online video content landscape and with regard to proven strategies for reaching audiences through Social Media.

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Sound and Vision — To develop basic camera operation and video editing skills.
  • Storytelling, Creativity and Interactive Narrative — The creative writing process and its application within the context of online storytelling.
  • Content Creation for Social Media — The knowledge and skills to legally and ethically create content for various social media platforms.

Semester 2:

  • Digital Audio and Recording Techniques — To develop practice based skills for DAW use and Podcast creation.
  • Vlogging and Live Streaming — The technical knowledge and skills to research, produce and present A/V content for live events.
  • Compositing and Visual Effect — To develop composting and visual effects techniques for transmedia projects.

The course comprises of six taught modules over two semesters, delivered 80 percent online and 20 percent on campus. 

The online classes will be roughly 9hrs a week. The course will be taught using an online learning approach, providing a balanced learning experience that is both a structured and flexible learner experience for students.  This will accommodate students in active employment. 

At the beginning of the course students will attend a one-evening face-to-face (F2F) induction on the Institute campus, for students to acquaint themselves with each other. 

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.

  • Social Media Manager
  • Social Media Producer
  • Vlogger/Influencer
  • Online Community Manager
  • Content Writer
  • Digital Media Supervisor 
  • A/V Freelancer

Course is FREE to all eligible Springboard scheme candidates.
Find out more on springboard eligibility criteria here:

The entry requirements for the programme follow the standard entry requirements for admission to Level 6 courses at DkIT:

  • Five passes at Leaving Certificate on ordinary level papers at Grade D or above (including English and Mathematics) or 4 passes at Leaving Certificate (of which at least two are on higher level papers) at Grade D or above (including English and Mathematics) will be required for entry onto this programme.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology or media sectors can apply under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy that allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education and work-based learning.

This course is designed to cater for potential applications with a keen interest in online content creation and who wish to gain knowledge and competencies in audio-visual production. They will gain an understanding of current and emerging industry work practices in live streaming, storytelling, presenting, editing, audio, motion graphics and online dissemination.

Lorcan Dunne (Lecturer and Course Academic Co-ordinator)
Email: lorcan.dunne@dkit.e

Sara Farrell (Springboard Administrator)
Phone: 00353429370291

Course ID N/A
Course Type Flexible & Professional, Springboard
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 6
Duration 1 Year
Fees Course is FREE to all eligible Springboard scheme candidates.
Starting Date w/c 24th January 2022
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Credits 30
Awarding Body DkIT
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How to Apply

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Please remember to upload required documentation (scanned copies of your existing qualification(s) and your CV) with your online application to expedite academic assessment.

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