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Film and Broadcasting / Scannánaíocht & Craoltóireacht


What is... Film & Broadcasting?

Film & Broadcasting is about telling stories - whether fiction or factual. It combines high standards of training in production skills to make programmes - dramas and documentaries for radio, television and cinema, with a solid academic education in media theory and contextual studies. While the core focus is on ‘traditional’ media, students in this programme will also study ‘new’ media forms, which still require all of the ‘traditional’ skillsets and are really about delivering stories in different formats or supporting ‘traditional’ story telling (e.g. a TV programme) in different ways.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates work in all aspects of production and post-production, in broadcasting, in corporate media, in film-making. The graduate’s career path is largely determined by the individual’s interests and specialisations, although with a rounded education, our graduates are extremely flexible. Some go into the supporting roles of production to work towards a career as a producer or director, others go into cameras/cinematography, sound recording, sound post-production, editing, programme development; others go into journalistic roles.

What other options do I have after completion?

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of higher degrees: some specialise in film or media studies, creative writing, or literature studies, others go into socio-political research; some go into journalism, others digital media. The emphasis on independent research and the academic process of writing a dissertation prepares our graduates extremely well for post-graduate studies.

Learning Outcomes:  What will I Study?

Our students develop original content in drama and documentary, working across diverse media formats such as photography, video, radio, television, and digital media. Using high quality facilities, students develop professional production skills that are transferrable across increasingly convergent media environments.

Modules in production are underpinned by theoretical study in the relevant fields of documentary, narrative film and broadcast forms, as well as a study of the cultural and sociological context in which the media operates.   

F&B requires both passion and discipline. The best films, documentaries, and radio features, come from students who are interested in the wider world, who have an awareness of current affairs and how socio-political forces shape and respond to society, who have curiosity and openness - an eagerness to learn and to understand people, systems (of all kinds), or history. Students in this stream will widen their production skills to develop competencies in converged media production. They will also take complementary theoretical studies with a specific focus on society in the digital age.

Module Listing


  • video
  • audio 
  • stills photography 
  • creative writing 
  • television production 
  • drama 
  • documentary 
  • radio production 
  • scriptwriting 
  • media management 

Critical Studies: 

  • film studies 
  • world cinema 
  • european cinema 
  • transnational cinemas 
  • documentary studies 
  • audiences 
  • popular culture 
  • media policy 
  • media history 

Digital Cultures: 

  • gameplay & ludology 
  • ethics 
  • the language used by the media 
  • digital media in an information society 
  • introduction to digital technology 
  • online production 
  • introduction to animation & authoring 
  • independent media research project

Are there study abroad options?

We have links with a range of European and US institutions. These exchange opportunities are offered on a competitive basis. Our links include Columbia College Chicago, Ryerson University in Toronto, Metropolia University in Helsinki, and Paris

Further Information

School of Media  

T: 01 402 3098 

F: 01 402 3293



What our Students say!

I’ve worked consistently since graduation as a Camera Assistant, and as a DV Camera Operator. - A sample of credits include The Clinic; Killinaskully 5; Whistleblower; Rock Rivals; The Runaway; Ondine; Scissor Sisters (documentary); Celebrity Bainisteoir 2009; Dragons Den; The Apprentice; Bertie; Rasaí na Gaillaimhe 2008; Leinster Heineken Cup Homecoming 2009; U2 360 Tour, Berlin; The Script