What's it like studying in the School of Media?
Hear what our undergraduate students have to say about their programmes in this short introductory video.
BA in Film & Broadcasting
Film & Broadcasting is a 4 year programme about telling stories - whether fictional 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’ skill sets and are really about delivering stories in different formats or supporting ‘traditional’ story telling (e.g. a TV programme) in different ways. Students broadcast on DITfm, which serves the local community and is available online. This stream offers a focus on Digital Cultures.
BA in Game Design
The BA in Game Design is a 4 year degree that focuses on the creation and study of games. The course covers the design of games including: mobile, console, PC, board games, card games, serious games and experimental games. Topics include in-depth analysis of the design of games, practical hands-on development experience and theoretical game studies.
Along the way students will also learn important skills in programming, digital media creation, problem solving, usability, project management, production and team work. Students will make and release a number of games during the course of this programme, from first year right through to fourth year. During the programme staff work with students to develop a diverse range of games that highlight their specific skills and to tailor their portfolio for after graduation.
DIT is the leading education centre in Ireland for game design with programmes at undergraduate to postgraduate level. We have a track record in producing graduates who can become innovators and entrepreneurs in the game industry. This degree will focus exclusively on the art & science of creating innovative games. Our philosophy is based around the belief that the 21st century will be defined by games much like how previous centuries were defined by novels and cinema.
BA in Journalism
Graduates from the B.A journalism go onto work across a wide variety of roles in media, including print and online media, broadcasting, communications and social media companies. They work as reporters, researchers, producers, social media managers, data journalists and online community managers.
The programme offers a comprehensive course of study to anyone who wishes to pursue a career as a journalist. or in the media in general. Applicants should have a keen interest in media, in news and current affairs, and social media news channels. The programme develops skills in the practice of online, print and broadcast media. Students also learn to research and critique the media's rapidly changing role in society as well as examining the way media practice reflects popular culture. They also gain a knowledge of subjects such as politics, ethics law and business.
The School of Media publishes and broadcasts student’s work during the academic year. Students develop their writing, editing, video, audio and online content creation skills through various magazines, our radio station DIT FM, our news website www.clicnews.ie, our community newspaper and website www.theliberty.ie and Dublin news website www.thecity.ie. All of these are part of our course content in journalism practice giving students hands-on experience of media across all platforms.
BA in Photography
The BA Photography is a practical, critical and theoretically challenging course for those who seek to study photography in the context of broader media practices and the visual arts. Students develop their own visual practice by learning about the history of the medium and developing a critical understanding of the social and cultural significance of photography.
The course provides a very high standard of professional education and training in both analogue and digital technologies to support students to fully achieve their creative potential as image makers.
Students acquire the conceptual and technical skills required of a professional media practitioner working in photography and related fields. Graduates of the course are socially engaged, creative practitioners and critical thinkers equipped with excellent communication and transferable skills, who are prepared for a range of related careers and ongoing professional development.
MSc in Creative Digital Media
The Masters in Creative Digital Media provides a thorough grounding in the core skills and knowledge of digital media technologies and offers specialist production techniques dedicated to the specific needs of the wider creative digital media industry. The course is designed to advance students' employment potential and addresses the specific needs of employment within this fast growing industry. It is also suitable as a foundation for pursuing a career in digital media research.
Graduates are also encouraged to innovate in the digital media space and to set-up their own business. Over the course of the programme, graduates will have had the opportunity to generate ideas and identify skillsets required to bring these ideas to fruition. With the range of multi-disciplinary talent within the class, graduates will find themselves working with others on new and innovative ideas which can be brought to market as a proof of concept, new small business, or work as part of a wider 'indie’ media developer framework.
MSc in Digital Games
Digital games comprise a large and fast-growing part of the global entertainment industry. This new masters programme will prepare graduates to become innovators in this exciting field. It provides a multi-disciplinary and well-rounded education in game conception, design and manufacture, uniquely building on the combined expertise of the Digital Media Centre, and the Schools of Media and Computer Science.
This masters programme which was merged with the masters in creative digital media in 2011 provides a thorough grounding in the core skills and knowledge of digital media & gaming technologies and offers specialist production techniques dedicated to the specific needs of the games industry. The course is designed to advance students' employment potential and addresses the specific needs of employment in the various game development industries particularly focusing on the independent game developer and new gaming platforms.
The masters in digital games is a specialisation under a broader masters in creative digital media which provides a number of other possible specialisations for students.
MA in Journalism
The Masters in Journalism is a one year conversion programme for students who wish to pursue a career in journalism and/or media in general. Students on this course learn to develop ideas and stories across multiple platforms. TheSchool of Media has been a pioneer in media education for over 40 years, many of our graduates are now leaders in Irish and internationalmedia. As well as the practice and theory of journalism, students will create content for digital media and learn how multimedia story-telling can create compelling storiesfor an online audience.
Graduates from the M.A in journalism go on to work across a wide variety of roles in media, including print and online media, broadcasting, communications, as well as social media companies, and online community management. They work as reporters, researchers, editors, producers, presenters, communications managers, social media managers, data journalists and social media analysts, online community managers.
A fundamental principle behind the course is the belief that good journalism, produced by reflective, critical practitioners, is crucial in a democracy. The programme seeks to produce journalists who are multi-skilled and critically aware, and have a good understanding of the role of journalism in society.
The programme includes tuition, skills training, practical experience, a wide range of assignments including story-pitching, feature and news-writing, digital media skills, online news creation, tutorials, group projects, independent study and research. The journalism team are all media practitioners who bring a wide range of experience to their role. Through our industry contacts we also bring in guest lecturers who share their knowledge with students.
As it is an MA programme; students must engage fully in the critical and theoretical parts of the course.
Students, particularly international students, may choose to graduate with a Masters in Journalism (International) by selecting optional modules with an international theme.
MA in Public Relations
The Master of Arts in Public Relations is recognized internationally. It is a one-year full time programme combining lectures, project work, the production of an academic dissertation and work experience with a view to preparing students for a successful career in public relations.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have a thorough understanding of public relations and the issues confronting it in the modern world. The course boasts a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of public relations as a function of strategic management.
The MA in Public Relations at DIT is recognised by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, (PRII) and the UK-based Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). It is the only public relations programme recognised by the CIPR in the Republic of Ireland. It is the first EuropeanPR qualification to be recognised by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The programme has also been accredited by the European Public Relations Confederation (CERP) of which the national public relations associations in 26 European countries are members.
The programme enjoys the active support of public relations professionals throughout Ireland by their participation in guest lectures, student seminars, research and work placement programmes. Many prominent practitioners offer prizes at graduation to the most successful graduates. Students successfully completing the programme can expect to find employment in both in-house public relations department and public relations agencies. Recent graduates have assumed positions of responsibility in commercial and corporate public relations as well as in other specialist areas including agricultural public relations, healthcare, finance, tourism, entertainment, IT, fashion and lifestyle, public relations in the voluntary sector and public affairs (public relations in the political environment).
MA in Public Affairs & Political Communications
Combining lectures, project work, the production of an academic dissertation and internship in Leinster House, this postgraduate programme uniquely prepares students for a successful career in public affairs and political communication.
This is a taught full time post-graduate programme of twelve months duration and includes the submission of a dissertation of original research on a relevant subject. The placed internship of up to fifteen hours a week offers a unique opportunity to work with members of Dáil and Seanad Éireann. Internships may also take place in a public, private and not-for-profit organisations engaged in public affairs when requested by the student.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have a thorough understanding of communicating in the Irish political environment and how political communications work in other countries in the modern world. The course boasts a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of public affairs as a function of strategic management in the formation and development of public policy.
The programme has unique ties throughout the public affairs profession in Ireland and frequently calls on the profession to assist with guest lectures, research, and work experience. Many top public affairs practitioners support the programme with graduation prizes. Over the years, graduates have found employment in political communications with a wide range of Irish and international organisations. Others have returned to Leinster House to work for Deputies and Senators as advisors and parliamentary assistants. A handful of graduates have subsequently run for public office.
The programme has been enthusiastically supported by members of the Oireachtas of all parties and none. Initially serving the Seanad, the programme now also serves the Dail at the request of the Oireachtas’ Committee of Privileges and Procedures.