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BSc in Creative Broadcast & Film Production

Course Code: LC276


Level

7

Duration

3 Years

Department

Art & Design


CAO Points

297

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Explore the dynamic world of Film & Broadcast Media Production. Develop the key creative, technical and operational skills necessary to succeed in the Film and Broadcast industry. If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 4 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including English/Irish.

Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Audio for Picture 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module introduces the learner to basic principles of sound theory audio electronics and digital audio. Applied aspects of this module include the fundamental operation of audio software, portable audio devices and microphones.


    Title: Broadcast Production

    Credits: 10

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    A study of the workings of the Broadcast Industry and an introduction to television programme development. Analysis of current trends and practices in broadcasting is fundamental to this module and therefore requires the learner to watch television and listen to radio regularly. The practical element of this module gives the learner experience of television camera operating and basic video and audio production techniques in a portable single camera context.


    Title: Communication and Creative Digital Ethics

    Credits: 10

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    The module focuses on media management and how users and participants in online environments interact with each other and the technologies and platforms used to engage. The module will explore core ethical principles and best practice in journalism and broadcast media.


    Title: Digital Storytelling

    Credits: 10

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    This module explores concepts of narrative and communication with reference to technological mediation.


    Title: Media Management and Post-Production

    Credits: 10

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    This module introduces offline editing tools and concepts. Media Management is the process of labeling, storing and backing up your media. Practicing good workflow proceedures for Broadcast and film projects. This module will introduce students to the concepts of file formats, resolutions and frame rates in post production both for standard definition and high definition sectors.


    Title: Photography and Photojournalism

    Credits: 10

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    This module introduces students in a practical way to camera settings, image composition and photographic techniques. It also covers fundamental editing techniques to improve lighting, composition and impact. The role of photo journalism is explored and students will explore ways in which storytelling and news can be enhanced by images.


  • Year 2

    Title: Audio for Picture 2

    Credits: 10

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    Develops the learner's skillset for capturing quality sound on location for TV, radio and film production. The learner will be introduced to multi‑microphone environments, intermediate DAW operations, and the organizing and preparation of audio content for storage, distribution and post‑production.


    Title: Broadcast Editing

    Credits: 10

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    The module is designed to enhance learners' skills and knowledge of the correct use of a professional edit suite and network server. Students will also learn about editing theory in a broadcast environment.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 1 - Event & Theatre Technology

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to introduce event management and staging concepts.


    Title: Film Motion Graphics

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to facilitate students' understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques of advanced 2D motion graphics and 3D environments.


    Title: Internet Media Technology

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to equip the learner with the technical skills needed for the customisation and maintenance of an on-line multimedia website, and associated social networking pages.


    Title: Screen Lighting and Cinematography

    Credits: 10

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    This module explores the creative aspects of camera style towards an understanding of the communicative aspects of the cinematographer’s art. By incorporating both practical and aesthetic components of effective cinematography, students build upon their knowledge of camera & lighting techniques. Practical work is supported by a critical and analytical study of the history and development of cinematography through a range of digital lens based media.


    Title: Shortscreen Production

    Credits: 10

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    A practical module which offers the learner an opportunity to develop two original short productions - one factual and one fiction. This module includes a cross-modular assessment by way of an integrated multidisciplinary project.


  • Year 3

    Title: Audio for Picture 3

    Credits: 10

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    This module will advance the learner's technical and creative skills in audio editing and audio‑to‑video synchronization. The learner will develop advanced DAW editing techniques, perform stereo and surround sound mixing, and will develop skills to prepare audio content for broadcast.


    Title: Digital Set Design

    Credits: 10

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    This module develops the students knowledge of compositing techniques and creative skills in generating 2D & 3D backgrounds. Students are taught how to light green screens evenly to avoid excessive editing work in post production. They are also taught how to light subjects to match lighting in the planned composite background. The student will also learn techniques to create their own 2D and 3D digital backgrounds.


    Title: Event Staging and Management 2 - Staging and Management

    Credits: 10

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    This module is intended to develop cognate event staging and management skills such as lighting, stage management, event planning and logistics.


    Title: Film Post-Production Workflow

    Credits: 10

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    This module further develops student’s technical and creative capabilities within the production and post-production environments. Projects produced are to a higher level of quality than previous course work, and introduces students to additional post-production techniques, compression techniques as well as post-production workflows and related technical aspects.


    Title: Multicamera Production

    Credits: 10

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    A hands-on module which studies the production and technical operations of multicamera environments such as television studios and outside broadcasts.


    Title: Music/Media Project & Industry Engagement

    Credits: 10

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    This module allows learners to research and engage with a media enterprise and create a media product for public screening.


    Title: VFX Compositing and Portfolio

    Credits: 10

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    This module affords the opportunity to further the computer graphics work undertaken at stage 2 by investigating various methods of integrating 3D environments with live action digital video using industry standard visual effects tools. The student will be introduced to the Python Programming Language to focus on learning control and managememt of a VFX workflow. The module futher prepares students for the transition from undergraduate to the work environment. The emphasis is on creating and managing multiple platforms for showcasing students' creative work and achievements.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible to progress to the Level 8 BSc (Hons) Creative Broadcast & Film Production.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this course have worked in the following positions:                        

  • Camera Operator
  • Sound Recording
  • Radio
  • Post Production Video Editing
  • Visual Effects Animator
  • Photography
  • Sound Engineering & Mixing
  • Multimedia Promotions & Event Management
  • AV Studio & Live Events Production