Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Journalism)

  • Award
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Journalism)
  • Two Years Full Time

Peter Collins - Spin FM
Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Journalism) (2012-2014)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to journalism and to provide them with a working knowledge of the media industry in Ireland.

Course Requirements

Students applying for this course should have passed the Leaving Certificate in five subjects including English. Applicants will be interviewed. Mature applicants welcome.

Students applying directly from QQI Certificate courses require a minimum of 205 points generated from 8 relevant full-value modules. Points are awarded as follows:

Level 5 Modules:
Pass = 20 points
Merit = 35 points
Distinction = 50 points

All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
All applicants will be interviewed.

Course Modules


Contextual Studies
Politics for Journalists
Research Techniques
Practical Skills (Journalism)
Page Design & Layout for Newspapers & Magazines
Feature Writing for Newspapers & Magazines
Radio Journalism
Interview & Presentation Techniques for Radio


Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation
Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production
Journalism Studies
Career Development for Journalism
Law for Journalism
Radio Documentary Production
Writing for Specialist Publications
Convergent Journalism

* Students may specialise in the areas of Current Affairs, Sports or Entertainment Journalism.
* These modules/units are subject to change


Year 2 - BTEC - Higher National in Creative Media Production (Journalism)

Career Opportunities

Students may use this as a foundation course for entry into further studies in the areas of Radio Journalism Communications or Journalism. Students successfully completing the BETC HND may be eligible for exemptions on degree courses in UK colleges. Contact the college for further information. Those with the necessary skills and aptitudes may seek employment in the area of journalism, communications and media.

Facilities *

The College has a state-of-the-art radio studio.

Higher Education Links

Students may progress to relevant Degree courses both here and in the U.K. Graduates from this course can enter Year 2 of the Griffith College Honours Degree in Journalism (Level 8) and may qualify (with merit/distinction profile) for the one year BA (Hons) in Media Production Management (Level 8) in Ballyfermot College and the BA (Hons) Top Up Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism at Coláiste Dhúlaigh. Other graduates have progressed, with exemptions, to Dublin Institute of Technology, Wolverhamption University and London Metropolitan College. Within Rathmines College graduates have progressed to the Diploma in Public Relations (PRII).

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

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