BA (Hons) Film – Part-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Do YOU want to direct a film? Write a script? Edit? Become a film critic? Curate a film festival? Take a photograph? Organise an exhibition? Understand Hollywood? Study your favourite director? Consider the relationship between film and television? Film and gaming? Study in a vibrant creative environment? Have a bright future?  If your answer is YES then why not study Film@DBS?

Aims and Objectives

The BA (Hons) in Film programme has been designed to enable you to understand the study of film as an ongoing exploration of an extraordinarily diverse set of related audiovisual practices. The programme is made up of three interlocking elements, the critical, the practical, and the developmental. 

The Critical 

You have the opportunity to develop an ongoing and deepening relationship with the critical, theoretical, historical, technological and other relevant debates that take Film as their starting point. 

The Practical

You will undertake a wide range of practical activities including digital filmmaking, editing and post-production, sound, lighting, digital photography, scriptwriting, and organising film festivals, exhibitions and installations.

The Developmental

The BA (Hons) in Film also helps you develop a very wide range of transferable skills that prepare you for life after graduation.

Course Content


The BA (Hons) in Film programme has the following content.

Level 1

Level 2

level 3

Core Modules

Communications for Personal Success / Learning to Learn

Introduction to Filmmaking

Hollywood Cinema

European and World Cinemas

Film Studies Today

Digital Photography

Core Modules

Employability Skills / Innovation

Style, Stardom and Performance

New Waves in European and World Cinema

Scriptwriting, Production and Development

Film Craft

Documentary and Non Fiction Film and Television

Core Modules

Employability in Action / Lifelong Learning

Final Year Projects

Cultures and Contexts

Film in the Digital Age

Film Theory and Criticism

Contemporary Cinemas

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Teaching and Assessment

You undertake a wide range of assessment activities including academic exercises, issue summaries, literature reviews, journals, essays, critical journals, case studies, site reports, reviews, group projects, presentations, organising exhibitions and festivals. You will also get the chance to produce a wide range of digital content including short films, documentaries, experimental films, music videos, information films and installations.


Students typically take four modules per year (two evenings per week) and the course takes on average four years to complete. 

Year One

The first year of the programme introduces you to the key critical and practical concepts that underpin the study of film. Introductions to digital photography and digital filmmaking allow you to begin developing skills in image composition, framing, storytelling, lighting, sound design, editing and data management. At the same time you will also embark upon an exploration of the development of cinema. Presented with major milestones in the history of Hollywood, European and World cinema, you will begin to understand the origins of today’s cinema. The first year of the programme also allows you to start developing relevant work-related employability skills. 

Year Two 

The second year of the programme allows you to develop the skills and  knowledge you acquired in Year One. The filmmaking skills you developed are now further enhanced as you learn how to write scripts, produce and develop low-budget short films. You will also gain real employability-related experience in fundraising, promotion innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time you will also study the development of film style and consider how a director’s vision contributes to the making of a film. Other issues like cinematography and editing are also explored in greater detail. Furthermore, you will also consider how television, gaming and technology have all contributed to the development of the medium. At all times you will be encouraged to further develop your practical filmmaking skills through the production of video essays, sound, editing and other audiovisual projects.

Year Three

The final year of the programme allows you to really focus on the strengths, skills and knowledge you have developed so far. We will provide practical employability-related workshops and activities specifically designed to make sure that your next step is a significant one. Your in-depth study of the medium comes right up to date as we examine the latest issues in filmmaking from a wide range of relevant perspectives. During this year you are encouraged to continue developing your filmmaking skills through the production of group and individual audiovisual projects. You can also sharpen your critical and theoretical approaches by managing a wide range of self-directed writing projects.

Transfer Learners

Learners holding relevant qualifications at Level 7 may qualify for entry to the final year of this degree. Currently DBS’s BA Film and Media programme offers one such pathway for progression.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of destinations available to graduates from the BA (Hons) in Film. Recent graduates have undertaken further study at TCD, NUI Galway, Smurfit School of Business, University College London and Filmbase. Other graduates have become freelance film critics, producers, directors and scriptwriters. Other graduates have set up their own production companies. With its wide range of academic, industrial and professional relationships, the BA (Hons) in Film is the perfect platform for a career in the cultural and creative industries.


The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Film are €900 (1 x 10 credit module) / €450 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

For a full list of part-time undergraduate arts degree fees click here.

You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

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Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Arts Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Arts Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English or another language) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. 

Mature Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type: Major
Part-time: 4 Years (2 evenings a week)

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