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BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production

BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production
Course Type
CAO Undergraduate
Honours Bachelor Degree
Course Category
Creative Media
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Programme Code
CAO Codes
Duration Type
Full time
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Are you interested in film and television and other types of screen media? Would you like a career in the film or television industries? Do you like the idea of gaining experience in a number of areas of television, video and film production before choosing a particular area in which to specialise?

If your answers to the above questions are 'yes', then the BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production is for you.

Recognising the continued need for high-functioning generalists in the screen media industries, this degree was redeveloped (from the former BA in Video & Film Production) in 2014 to ensure it remained to the forefront of technology-driven trends within the film and television industries.  This revamped 4-year Honours Degree includes a Work Placement and allows students to specialise in areas such as TV Studio Production, Documentary Film Production and Drama Production for Film and Television. Practical modules are complimented by a range of theory-driven modules - including Film Studies, Writing for Film and TV and Media Studies.

Based in the state of the art Carroll’s building on the DKIT Campus, students undertaking this programme have a unique opportunity to create ambitious and outstanding work. Previous work by students has been screened at a wide variety of Film festivals both nationally and internationally. 

Students in the 3rd and 4th year of the programme also have the opportunity to compete for the Annual John Moore Film Award.  A Dundalk native, Director John Moore began his relationship with DKIT and the Section of Creative Media in 2011, when Blaine Rennicks, a fourth year film student in the Section won an internal competition for an internship on the set of A Good Day to Die Hard in Budapest.

Access to film and television industry professionals is a core feature of the programme & lecturers continually invite Industry Professionals to deliver masterclasses and guest lectures.  A certain amount of course content in specialised areas is also delivered by industry professionals. In addition, industry professionals are also invited regularly onto panels which evaluate project pitches from students. 

Graduates of this programme are recognised as being uniquely situated to work in the film and television industries in Ireland and abroad and have found work in companies such as Big Mountain Productions, One Productions, Vision Independent Productions, Click Media, Egg Post-Production, Setanta Sports and Tailored Films. 

Stage 1, Sem 1:
Introduction to Digital Film & TV Production Skills (year-long)
Communication, Research & IT
Creative Design
35mm Photography
Film Studies (year-long)
Creative Collaborative Development

Stage 1, Sem 2:
Media Studies
Film, Culture and Society: North America
Writing for Creative Media

Stage 2, Sem 3*:
Writing for Film & TV 1
Legal & Ethical Issues in Creative Media
Intermediate Digital Film & TV Production Skills (year-long)
European Cinema
Production Studies: Film & Television (year-long)

Stage 2, Sem 4*:
Directing for Film & Television 1
Documentary Production: Theory and Practice
Music in Film
World Cinema

*Students may undertake a one-semester placement under the Erasmus Programme to our current approved partners for one semester during stage two of their studies, including the Baltic Film School (Tallinn, Estonia) and San Pablo/UEM (Madrid, Spain).

Stage 3, Sem 5:
Film Project (year-long)
Production Design & Management
Advanced Digital Film & TV Production Skills (year-long)
Writing for Film & TV 2

Stage 3, Sem 6:
The Cinema Industry
Film Theory
Research Methods 1
Advanced Digital Photography (elective)*
Culture, Society & Popular Music (elective)*
Radio Production (elective)*

* Please note that the slate of electives which will be offered/delivered in a given academic year is subject to the availability of resources.


Stage 4, Sem 7:
Advanced Film Theory
Research Methods for Creative Media 2 (year-long)
Current Issues & Theories in Creative Industries
Major Project (year-long)
Work Placement

Stage 4, Sem 8:
Directing for Film & Television 2
Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries

Throughtout their studies, students also have the option of completeing an additional 5 ECTS Service Learning - Creative Media module, aimed to encourage students to participate in activities that will enhance their personal and professional development. This could include volunteering activities with a voluntary/charitable body or work experience with a Creative Media company and/or lecturer working on an Industry project that are taken on above and beyond the student's timetabled class hours.

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to this Honours Degree programme is six passes in the Leaving Certificate including Mathematics and either English or Irish. Applicants are required to have at least a Grade C3 in two Higher Level papers, together with at least a Grade D3 in four Ordinary Level papers, plus a minimum of 300 points.


A level of qualification equivalent to the above (see below re: RPL)

The Institute actively encourages applications from mature students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Admissions to programmes in the Section of Creative Media that wish to recognise prior learning are referred to the Institute's RPL policy while taking into consideration discipline specific criteria, appropriate to this programme.

RPL is a process that allows students to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme, based on demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission. Learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework. It can be gained informally or non-formally through the workplace, through involvement with community groups or through voluntary activities.

Progression Opportunities: 

On successful completion of this programme, students who obtain Second Class Honours or higher are eligible to be considered for entry to the MA/MSc by Research within the School.

Students who have successfully completed the first two years of this programme and who wish to leave after two years, may be awarded a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Film & Television Production. 

Students who have successfully completed the first three years of this programme and who wish to leave after three years, may be awarded a Level 7 BA in Film & Television Production. 

Career Options: 

The BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production aims to produce film and television professionals with the necessary skills and competencies to work within the competitive audio-visual, film and television industry in Ireland and abroad. Our graduates will be equipped with the core competencies to engage in further professional training for any of the following careers, amongst others:

Assistant Director
Camera Operator
Editor (on/off-line)
Lighting Cameraman/Director of Photography
Location Manager
Production Co-Ordinator 
Production Assistant 
Sound recordist/mixer

Graduates from the existing programmes (BA/BA (Hons) in Video & Film Production) thus far have gone on to work in the Film & Television industry in Ireland and abroad, in a range of roles such as:

Production Manager, Big Mountain Productions 
Head of Audio Visual, One Productions;
Editor, Vision Independent Productions;
Online Video Producer, Click Media;
Co-founder, Election Training Ireland; 
Camera Operator, aerialfilming.ie;
Transmission Controller, Setanta Sports; 
Editor, Tailored Films;
Production Co-Ordinator, Exposure Films Ltd.;
Freelance Assistant Editor/ Writer/Camera Operator

Recognition by Professional Bodies: 

DKIT is an Avid Educational partner & students can choose to also sit the Avid & Pro-Tools user certification exams while undertaking their programme.

The programme will combine skills in creative practice and business with an appreciation of theory underpinning practice. This will offer students the opportunity to develop a combination of professional and creative skills and will equip them for the rapidly changing industrial environment.

The programme’s unique selling point is that it is an undergraduate degree with industry-driven modules (some of which will be delivered in block format by industry professionals), which will produce graduates with the required skillsets and competencies to work successfully in the dynamic international and domestic film and television industry. 

The programme offers training in skills in all aspects of film and television production including camera, sound, lighting, editing & multi-cam TV studio shooting.  Based in the newly renovated PJ Carrolls building on the DKIT campus and equipped with a full HD TV Studio, a screening room, multiple edit suites, a video editing lab, multimedia labs, a radio studio, a dark room, an art studio & equipment borrowing office, students are trained on key software packages used in the film & TV industry, including Pro-Tools, Avid Media Composer, After Effects, Photoshop, Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling, Final Draft, amongst many more. 

Another key feature of the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production is the access that students will continue to have to Industry Professionals from first year onwards.   Creative Media masterclasses will be held up to six times each semester and feature producers, directors, editors and writers currently active in industry .   

Industry Professionals deliver intensive modules in Cinematography, Direction and Production Design to students on the BA & BA (Hons) in Video & Film Production in blocked-off modules, where students immerse themselves in the theoretical and practical world of these specific industry areas, with a break from all other modules.   We consider this practice will continue within the new structure of the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production

Industry professionals who have delivered the Cinematography module on Year 3 of the BA in Video & Film Production over the last 5 years include:

Fergal O’Hanlon
Tim Fleming
PJ Dillon
Fiachra Judge

Fiona Daly (Production Designer) has delivered the Production Design module on the BA (Hons) in Video & Film Production since the programme began, while industry professionals who have delivered the Directing module on this programme over the last 5 years include:

Marian Quinn
Kevin Liddy

Access to industry professionals is a core feature of all of the programmes within the Section of Creative Media since its inception & the Section continually invites Industry Professionals to deliver masterclasses and guest lectures within the Section.  

Some of these masterclasses are tailored towards a specific class grouping or module while others are open to all students in the Section to attend.  Industry professionals also contribute in more direct ways to modules taken by students within the Section.

For example, Alan Fitzpatrick, MD of Filmbase, attends the Section yearly to sit on the panel for the pitches of the final project films by students in Year 3 of the BA in Video & Film Production while Stephen Stewart, MD Green Inc. Productions and TV Producer/Director attends the Section yearly to sit on the panel for the pitches of the TV Studio Shows by students in Year 2 of the BA in Video & Film Production.

Industry Professionals who have delivered lectures, workshops and masterclasses include:

Stephen Murphy - Steadicam Operator 
Anna Rodgers - Documentary Director/Researcher
David Rane - Film Producer (Soilsiú Films/Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival) 
Neasa Ní Chianáin - Documentary Director (Soilsiú Films/Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival) 
Ray Roantree - Editor, Screenscene 
Rory Gavin - Online Editor, Piranha Bar 
Mairtin deBarra – Director/Production Manager (& ex-Louth, Newry & Mourne Film Commission) 
Suzanne McKenzie - Post-Production Supervisor, Screenscene 
Alan Fitzpatrick - Managing Director, Filmbase
Alan Maher - Production Executive, Irish Film Board 
Paula Mulroe - Development Executive, Irish Film Board 
Sarah Dillon - Production & Development Co-Ordinator, Irish Film Board 
Liz Gill - Film Director & Editor 
Kieron Walsh - Director 
Brian Furey - Commissioning Editor, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland 
Matt Skinner - Cinematographer 
Stephen Stewart - Green Inc Productions 
Philip McGovern - Big Mountain Productions 
Jane Kelly - Big Mountain Productions 
Hilary Fennell - TV Producer/Director 
Stephanie Comey - Scheme Director, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland 
Siobhan O'Donoghue - Media Desk Ireland 
Kate Bowe - Kate Bowe PR 
Alan Brennan - Director 
Denise Fogarty - Production Manager & recent graduate 
Donal Dineen - TV/radio presenter & filmmaker
Nicky Gogan - Producer/Director (Still Films) 
Marc-Ivan O'Gorman, Director 
Ronan O Coisdealbha - TG4 Sports Editor
James Finlan - Editor
John Murphy – Editor
Desmond Bell (Documentary Filmmaker)
Frank Agnew (TV Producer)
Harvey O’Brien (Author & Film Theorist)
Nelly Ben Hayoun – Experience Designer, Director International Space Orchestra
John Callaghan – Creative Technologist
Cathal Gaffney – CEO Brown Bag films
Ciara Leyden – Senior Designer BFK
Stefan Randelshofer - Audio Artist for Electronic Arts
Dr Elyssebeth Leigh - Educational consultant on games
Hamlet Sweeney – Project Manager Setanta Screens(Large Scale Urban Projection Mapping)
Conor Horgan – Director “One Hundred Mornings”
Conor Mac Garrigle – Digital Artist
Stephen O’Leary – O’Leary Analytics
Gerry Stembridge – Author/ Director/ Broadcaster
Mark Swaine – Squire Communications
Emma Wade - Visual Artist
Sinead Woods – Owner Baboom Animation
Alan Lambert - Director “The End Of The Earth Is My Home”

Work created by students from the Section has been screened and exhibited at festivals both in Ireland and abroad, including the:

Celtic Media Festival;
Galway Film Fleadh;
Belfast Film Festival;
Fastnet Short Film Festival;
Cinemagic Film Festival;
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival;
International Sci-Fi festival (Arizona, USA);
Kerry Film Festival;
Clones Film Festival;
Darklight Digital Festival;
Maribor Film Festival (Slovenia);
Waterford Film Festival;
Newry Film Festival;\
Fingal Film Festival;
Best in Show;
LIT Film Festival;
National Student Film Festival;
National Student Media Awards (Smedias);
Underground Film Festival.

In addition, there have been numerous national and international accolades for student work within the Section across the years, including:

Name of Project/Student


The Seven Sins

Best in Show 2007, The Digital Hub

Tactical Control Force

Best in Show 2007, The Digital Hub


Best in Show 2008, The Digital Hub & Seal of Approval 2008 (Europrix Multimedia Awards)

Common Sense Project

Best in Show 2009, The Digital Hub

Media Society

Best Society 2010 & 2013, BIC (Board of Irish College Societies awards)


Best in Show 2011, The Digital Hub

Split Thread

Kieran Hegarty Award for Interactivity, Celtic Media Festival, 2011


Best Camera at LIT Film Festival, 2011

Elder Abuse

All top 3 awards won by DKIT Creative Media students in the nationwide HSE short film competition

Graff Writer

Shortlisted for Best Documentary at the Fastnet Short Film Festival, May 2010


The Last Dance

Best Writer, National Student Film Festival, March 2010


Adam Gray

Best Short Screenplay Finalist, Waterford Film Festival, 2011


Dominic McKeviit

Jamie Harty

Short List: Short Story of the Year, Smedias 2012

Short List: Film Script, Smedias 2012



Best Overall Short, LIT Film Festival 2012

Best Director, LIT Film Festival 2012

Audience award at the Film Devour Short Film Festival, Belfast, 2011


Kinds of Blue

Best Student Documentary, Next Generation Competition, Guth Gafa International Documentary 2013



Best Lighting, LIT Film Festival 2013 (also nominated for Best Editing & Best Overall Short)

Best Student Film, Underground Cinema Film Festival, 2013

Best Student Film, Kerry Film Festival 2013


Son Rise

Overall Runner-Up, Newry Film Festival, 2013


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