B.A. (Hons) Top Up Degree In Video & Film Production

Practically and creatively led, our Level 8 Top-Up degree in Film and Television Production is supported by academic and practical subjects. An intensive industry led programme, the course is taught by industry professionals and is supported by guest lectures from leaders from the various fields within Irish film and television.

Students benefit from the expertise of film directors, producers, professional crew in the areas of camera and sound, and in the areas of new media, distribution, screenwriting and script editing, as well as representatives form Film & TV Irish industry bodies and organisations.

Students undertake a series of practically led modules. In addition to the Documentary Production module in Semester 2, students will undertake a year long production module which tasks students with developing a screenplay and leading the production for a short film in a creative, collaborative and professional way which leads to the end of year CDCFE Degree Screening at the Lighthouse Theatre.

Other modules cover areas such as the opportunity, entrepreneurship and employment in the creative industries in Ireland and abroad, collaborative skills in film and television production as well as academic research project which looks into specialist topics of interest proposed by each student.

Structure of the course

The course is delivered over three days a week through 12 hours of lectures, workshops and tutorials. Access to editing and production facilities outside those hours will be provided for students to carry out project work on their own.
This is an intense and self-directed programme, where the students are encouraged to produce quality work that can compete at major festivals.
This programme is offered as part of our evening and day-time self-financing education provision. Learners will not qualify for a grant but they will qualify for other social welfare allowances.  The cost of the programme will be €3,500 Euro, to be paid in instalments

Course content

  • Pre-Production
  • Documentary and Factual Production
  • Major Project Production
  • Collaborative Video and Film Production
  • Dissertation
  • Employability in the Creative Industries

Staff

Director and producer, Leticia Agudo (Forty FootCity Wild; Land of Amber); director Frank Berry (Ballymun Lullaby; I Used to Live Here); head of TV production at CDCFE Kevin White. Other tutors: former Irish Film Institute’s International and Festival Coordinator Aoife Coughlan (2013-14); Producer Ailish McElmeel (Deadpan Pictures and formerly Grand Pictures).

Guest lecturers from the Irish Film and Media Industry

The course has also benefited from the involvement of industry practitioners who’ve given the students master classes and workshops: Lenny Abrahamson, Stephen Rea, producer Conor Barry (SavageLove Eternal), producer Marie Caffrey (Cuckoo), Patrick O’Neill of Wildcard Distribution, production designer Eleanor Wood (SanctuaryThe Other Side of Sleep), sound recordist and mixer Daniel Birch (VikingsThe SummitIn America), Catherine Tiernan of Screen Producers Ireland, James Kelly of Feenish Productions, Sound recordist and editor Michael Lemass (King of the TravellersPunch Drunk Love), Post production expert Kevin Cunnane (Setanta), script editor & development executive Eilish Kent  (RTÉ, BBC, IFB). Writers Lauren Mackenzie (Red RockPure MuleBachelors Walk) and Damien Owens (Trivia); documentary director Tom Burke (Areaman Productions); representatives from The Irish Film Board, The Arts Council, and Filmbase.

Certification

BA (Honours) from the University of Wolverhampton, Level 8 on the NFQ.

Entry Requirements*

A relevant BTEC Higher National Diploma or an equivalent Higher Education qualification. Relevant independent work and professional work experience will also be taken into consideration. Students who have completed a QQI Level 6 Film & Video will be considered if their work meets the criteria and standard of a HND. This will be discussed at interview.
If you are over 21, relevant work experience in animation or in related fields will also be taken into consideration. Your work will be assessed based on portfolio and interview.
An employer’s/college reference is essential.
All applicants should show an aptitude and commitment to the subject matter and to an intense degree year.
All applicants must provide their latest qualification results and a link to an online portfolio of work prior to their interview.

Career Opportunities

Work in various areas of each industry. Previous graduates have gained work and internships in the areas of TV Production, online distribution, and post-production.

Academic Progression

With the Level 8 BA Honours qualification, students can pursue postgraduate study in any third-level institution in Ireland or abroad.

Course Fees

The cost of the programme will be €3,500 Euro, to be paid in installments.

Application Process

Applications are now closed and will re-open in January 2019.

Interviews will take place in April/May 2019.

·         January – March: online applications

·         End of March: interview notifications to applicants that meet the minimum requirements

·         Mid/end of April: interviews

·         End of May: HND results collated for current students. Offers will be made to the top 20 students (results /application /interview)

·         By end of June: successful applicants to secure their place with €1,000 deposit

·         July, if places are still available, new offers will be made in order of suitability.

·         Mid-September : course starts

*This course is run under the colleges part-time provision and will form subject to numbers enrolled on the course. Students are not eligible for a grant in this Top-Up course.