Journalism

Overview

Course Duration One Year Full-time

Leads to NFQ Level 5 QQI Award in Journalism

With technology playing an ever-greater role in journalism and the wider media industry, this course aims to provide students with the practical knowledge to aid their progression to higher education while instilling core communications skills to enhance their employment prospects in journalistic and broader fields.

Successful completion of this course opens up a range of alternative course options as outlined opposite. This is a sample of the possible courses that can be accessed.

Particular emphasis is placed on the traditional qualities of writing, research, initiative and attention to detail. Students are also given instruction on the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition and Dreamweaver.

Entry Requirements

Open to those who have completed the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Entry is also open to students with good written English and a keen interest in journalism. Mature applicants are welcome. Evidence of writing ability will strongly aid your application.

Progression

Students who successfully complete this course can proceed via the Higher Education Links Scheme to the Journalism programmes at DCU (DC132) and Dublin Institute of Technology (DT582). Successful completion can also open a path to a broader range of degree programmes such as:

  • Communications – DCU (DC131)
  • European Studies – NUI Maynooth (MH108)
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics – NUI Maynooth (MH120)
  • Law and Society (BCL) - DCU (DC232)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) - UCD (DN500)
  • Film and Broadcasting (DIT 504)
  • Creative Digital Media - IT Tallaght or IT Blanchardstown (TA022/BN021)
  • English, Media and Cultural Studies - IADT (DL821)

For full information on progression through the Higher Education Links Scheme please go to www.qqi.ie and contact the relevant universities and colleges.

Course Content

  • News Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Online Journalism
  • Subediting
  • Newspaper Layout and Design
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Sound Production
  • TV and Video Production
  • Media Analysis
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

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10 Reasons To Apply

Offers student-centred education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere
High standard of results
Excellent track record of facilitating progression to Higher Education
Offers nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
Diverse student body with an inclusive ethos
Central location in South Dublin with good links to public transport and on-site parking
Dedicated staff who have relevant industry experience
Strong emphasis by staff on meeting the individual needs of all students
Excellent facilities - there is a very high ratio of computers to students with up-to-date equipment and industry-standard software
Because we’re a small college, we have greater flexibility in supporting the needs of students than larger institutions

TESTIMONIALS

"The staff were brilliant. The equipment in the college was top of the range, with excellent software and great student/computer ratio. I couldn't have made it to my current Level 8 course without doing the Media Foundation course in Stillorgan College."

Tim Hogan
Media Foundation, now in IADT

" I have found the Business with Computer Skills course to be a very positive experience. The staff are very helpful. I am updating my skills and now feel I have the confidence to look for employment or move onto another course."

Sandra Burke
Business with Computer Skills 2012/2013