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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Laura Fryday - Media Coordinator
Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
+353 1 280 9676
info@dfei.ie 
www.dfei.ie/

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Background:

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi), Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire, has been providing training in Television, Video, Radio, Print Journalism, and Photography since 1992. Over the years, it has developed and created new courses to meet the ever-changing demands from those seeking to enter the media sector.

  • For 2024-2025 there are no fees, only 50euro to secure your place, apply directly via www.dfei.ie
  • All media students get an Adobe Creative Cloud licence while studying at DFEi


The following are some of the media courses offered at DFEi:

Digital Media Production Courses:

Creative Digital Media Production, Film, Photography and Radio - QQI Level 5 Award in Media Production (5M18518)
Duration: 1 Year


This course is designed to introduce the learner to a range of techniques used in Audio and Visual Media Production. Learners also gain practical knowledge of how different media products are produced as well as knowledge of how the relationships between producer, advertiser and audience impact on one another. The learner will be introduced to a range of techniques used in audio and visual media production. Students will acquire skills in Stills Photography and darkroom techniques, Television &Video Production, Avid Media Composer Editing, Radio Studio and Podcasting Production and Editing with Adobe Audition, Scriptwriting for Film TV.

Many learners look upon this course as a good introduction to media production, especially if they are unsure what area of media production they want to specialise in. Learners also look upon this course as an excellent foundation course for developing portfolios for Degrees in the NFS, IADT, Technical University of Dublin, Dundalk IT, NUI Maynooth and other Universities.


Entry Requirements

  • No CAO points required
  • Leaving Certificate (Established)/LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature Applicants are welcome

Learners from the Audio Visual Media Production course may progress to the QQI (FETAC) Advanced Level 6 Award in Advanced TV and Digital Film Production (6M18534).

Employment
while most graduates from this course do opt to advance to further studies, others have gained direct employment in radio stations, film and TV companies or photographic related employment.

 

Digital Media Communications (Journalism) – QQI Level 5 Award in Journalism (5M2464)

Duration: 1 Year

This practical course gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to start their career as a content creator for journalistic media, or to prepare in advance of further studies to degree level. Participants will learn to create effective content for online and other use including; photography, podcasting, video production, radio and traditional print. Students will learn the skills required in new media, using Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Audition as content creation tools.

This course will allow its participants explore and influence the world of modern digital journalism through media content production, learning skills such as photography, video recording and editing to create short packages, radio and podcast production. Incorporating the traditional foundation techniques used in effective researching and writing of journalism copy.

Entry Requirements

  • No CAO points required
  • Leaving Certificate (Established)/LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature Applicants are welcome

Learners from the Audio Visual Media Production course may progress to the QQI (FETAC) Advanced Level 6 Award in Advanced TV and Digital Film Production (6M18534).
 

Graduates of this course are prepared for progression to a wide range of higher-level 7 and 8 courses as well as for employment. Learners also look upon this course as an excellent foundation course for developing portfolios for Degrees in the DCU, IADT, Technical University of Dublin, Dundalk IT, NUI Maynooth and other Universities. Jobs might include communications officer and content creator, as well as broadcast and non-broadcast media production.


Film & Television Courses:

TV and Digital Film Production - QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Award in Film and Television Production (5M18519) Duration: 1 Year

This course is designed to introduce the learners to the foundations of Television and Digital Film Production. Learners acquire skills in Television Studio Production, single Camera Production, non-linear Film and Video Editing, while gaining knowledge of how the relationships between producer, advertiser and audience affects one another through media analysis. This course is highly practical. Core production modules require learners to conceive, develop and produce Digital Film, Television and Video productions, focusing on both camera and film and editing experience while producing original photographic portfolios. They will also learn how to format structure and workshop film, television and radio scripts to industry standards. Learners will be trained in Digital Camera and Film Production Techniques. DFEi uses the industry standard AVID Media Composer to give learners non-linear editing experience. Guest lectures from industry are an integral component of this programme.

Many learners look upon this course as a good introduction to Film and Television production as they produce a portfolio of work demonstrating technical competences and skills required for effective television and digital film production. Learners also look upon this course as an excellent foundation course for developing portfolios for Degrees in the NFS, IADT, Technical University of Dublin, Dundalk IT, NUI Maynooth and other Universities.

Entry Requirements

  • No CAO points required
  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant QQI (FETAC)Level 4 Award
  • Applications are welcome from mature learners with experience in this area

Graduates from this course may progress to the QQI (FETAC) Advanced Level 6 Award in Film and Television Production (6M18534) at DFEi.

Employment
while most graduates from this course do opt to advance to further studies, others have progressed to careers in Photography, Film and TV. A number have set up their own production companies.

Advanced TV and Digital Film Production - QQI (FETAC) Level 6 Award in Film and TV Production (6M18534) Duration: 1 Year
Entry Requirements QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Award Film and TV Production (5M18519), or Media Production (5M18518) or equivalent.
This Advanced Certificate enables the learner to build on existing knowledge and develop an in-depth knowledge of the skills required for careers working in Digital Film, Television and Video Production. This course is highly practical. Learners conceive, develop and produce Digital Film, Television and Video Production to industry standard as part of core production modules. This involves reading, analysing, formatting, structuring and work shopping Film, Television and Video Scripts while developing specialisations in their chosen areas. In addition learners will be trained in the following: Production Techniques for both Digital Tape and Hard Drive Cameras, Audio Skills and non-linear Editing on AVID Media Composer as well as Video Studio Production.
Learners will also work on drama and documentary short productions so that they can develop their personal initiative, leadership and team working skills.

Many learners look upon this course as a good stepping-stone to developing a career into Film and Television production as well as further studies. Graduates have gone to work in TV3/Virgin Media, RTE, Screen Scene and other media companies. Learners also look upon this course as an excellent foundation course for developing portfolios for Degrees in the NFS, IADT, Technical University of Dublin, Dundalk IT, NUI Maynooth and other Universities.

Entry Requirements

  • QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Award Film and TV Production (5M18519), or Media Production (5M18518) or equivalent
  • Degree Graduates
  • Applications are welcomed from mature learners with relevant experience in this area

Learners may also take advantage of the opportunity to be considered for Advanced Entry to IADT, IT Tallaght and Dundalk IT. Past students have gained offers of direct entry to second Year in the BA in Film and Television in IADT and offers of both second and third year in the BA in Film Production in Dundalk IT.

Special Features

This course is highly practical. Learners conceive, develop and produce Digital Film, Television and Video Production to industry standard as part of core production modules. This involves reading, analysing, formatting, structuring and work shopping Film, Television and Video Scripts while developing specialisations in their chosen areas. In addition, learners will be trained in the following: Production Techniques for both Digital Tape and Hard Drive Cameras, Audio Skills and non-linear Editing on AVID Media Composer as well as Video Studio Production.
Learners will also work on drama and documentary short productions so that they can develop their personal initiative, leadership and team working skills. Some of these productions are available on DFEi’s Vimeo Channel, which can be viewed at www.dfei.ie

Testimonial
“I won Script of the Year at the SMedia Awards as well as being nominated for Best Short Script at the Waterford Film Festival for two years in a row. I then completed a BA in Film and Production at Dundalk IT and I am now completing a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting in IADT. This would not have been possible without the amazing start to my career which DFEi gave me.”
- Adam Gray, is a graduate of the MA in Screenwriting in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) former TV and Digital Film Student at both levels 5 and 6 at DFEi.


More information on all Media courses offered may be found at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (dfei.ie)

Social Media: @DFEiFilm @DFEi_Ireland

The College web site also gives more details on Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) options available for each award and on the Higher Education Links Scheme itself. www.dfei.ie .

Part time courses are available through the Night School at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute www.dfei.ie .


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