Film Production

Higher National Diploma, Leading to a Top-up (Hons) Degree in CDCFE*  – 3 Years

Film Production offers a thorough study of film through both practical and academic avenues. Students will study key practical areas such as scriptwriting, directing, producing, sound, lighting and editing all of which will culminate in the creation of their own films. These areas are complemented by the study of film history, film theory and film industries.

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Course Content


  • Camera Techniques
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Sound Design
  • Film Production
  • Editing
  • Film Studies
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice


  • Scriptwriting
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Advanced Film making
  • Advanced Editing
  • Documentary Production
  • Personal Professional Development

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate.

Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply.

You will be required to submit a sample of your work. This could be anything you have written, (e.g. a script, poem, school essay), examples of photographs you have taken on your phone, or any video/film work you have made.


Higher National Diploma (BTEC), leading to BA (Honours)
Completion of this course qualifies you to apply to complete the BA Hons in Film and Video Production in Coláiste Dhúlaigh. More details on the BA Top up year are available here.


2 years with optional 1 year top-up degree.

Career Opportunities

Scriptwriting, directing, producing, editing, cinematography, sound, research, education, marketing.

College Links

Entry into final year of three year degree programmes in a number of UK universities is possible. But, as stated above, completion of this course qualifies you to apply to complete the BA Hons in Film and Video Production in Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. More details available here.

Course Charges

Year 1: €660
Year 2: €520

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.


Damien O’ Donnell, BAFTA award winning director of East is East is a graduate of Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. Damien has also directed films such as Heartlands and Inside I’m Dancing and is a prolific TV and cinema commercial director. As Patron of the Film Production course, Damien will visit the college once a year to give a key-note lecture to Film Production students.

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