BA (Hons) Film & Creative Media

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

BA (Hons) Film and Creative Media


Technological transformation continues to have a disruptive impact on the film and creative media sector. As production and commercial roles change, this creates the need for a combination of creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills.

The BA (Hons) in Film and Creative Media (Level 8, 180 ECTS) programme provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in conventional and new media, by combining traditional communication and media production skills such as photography and video production, with high-level training in multimedia production, processes and design. The programme provides a focus on professional practices and applications required for the creative industries. Students will engage with professionals, clients, artists and employers through Creative Engagement / Internship module in the final stage.

Programme Objectives

  • Provide a rich and stimulating environment of critical creative practice across film, audio, photography, design, and media and will provide a formation at undergraduate level for students who wish to develop their careers in film and creative media.

  • Introduce students to the history, theory, values, aesthetics and ideology of the moving image.

  • Expose students to the new media research tools and develop a critical approach to the use (and misuse) of these technologies in film and media.

  • Assist students with hands-on experience to develop proficient production skills while simultaneously acquiring analytical expertise and knowledge of film and creative media.

  • Develop hands on learner experience and understanding of the current cultural changes in media production and consumption.

  • Prepare students for the challenges of our society and of our evolving technologies in the future of work.

  • Help students relate communication technologies with narrative possibilities and a perspective on telling stories to defined audiences.

  • Inculcate professional practices and ethical codes of learner and employee behaviour within the industry.

  • Develop students’ knowledge of the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for producing rigorous research on new and emerging media.

  • Connect students to a network of artists, producers and practitioners.  



All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

Student Testimonial

"Intimate classes, excellent location and excellent student support. I enjoyed the in-class conversations the most. The diverse subject matter influenced my taste and my understanding of my chosen field significantly. The BA (Hons) in Film at DBS introduced me to many new career paths and helped me to acquire a job in the film industry in Vancouver. The experience taught me tenacity and the value of hard work."

Andrew Murphy
BA (Hons) in Film



Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media programme has the following content:

Year 1

  • Professional Practice: The Creative Workplace

  • Audio Tech & Technologies

  • Principles: Light, Camera, Photography

  • Software 1: Professional Editing Platforms

  • The Moving Image

  • Media & Identity

  • Writing for Screen Media

 Year 2

  • Audio for Podcasting, Performance & Radio

  • Exploring Popular Culture

  • Professional Practice: Project Management

  • Camerawork

  • Scriptwriting and Development

  • Software 2: Animation, Titles and Publishing

  • Audio for Film and Screen

  • Contemporary Film and Television

  • Creative Projects Portfolio

 Year 3

  • Screen Theory & Criticism

  • Research Skills

  • Professional Practice: Budgeting & Scheduling

  • Transmedia Practice

  • Industry Engagement / Internship

  • Digital Artefact Creation

  • Dissertation


Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Film and Creative Media provides a flexible, multimodal, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for students. Modules will be delivered in a hybrid mode through a mix of classroom sessions, studio workshops and other practical sessions (PC Lab), practical computer lab sessions (Apple Mac) and much more. In addition, to teaching sessions, e-learning activities complement the lab, studio and classroom sessions.  

The assessment is mostly continuous assessment and take a variety of forms: digital photo portfolios, essays, blog pots, scripts for short film, group presentations, case studies etc.



Year 1 is the Developmental Stage. Students will gain experience in visual and audio techniques.

Year 2 is the Competent Stage. Students will act more autonomously in using audio and visual techniques in the creation of a Creative Projects Portfolio.

Year 3 is the Advanced Stage. Students will perform research and project work in producing a Dissertation providing them with an opportunity to engage in detail with a topic of their choice.

The modules are structured according to the five streams:

  • Professional Practice – 25 ECTS

  • Writing and Creation – 45 ECTS

  • Theory and Context – 60 ECTS

  • Audio Production – 20 ECTS

  • Visual Production – 30 ECTS

All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of destinations available to graduates from the BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media. 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 whilst others have set up their own production companies. With its wide range of academic, industrial and professional relationships, the BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media is the perfect platform for a career in the cultural and creative industries.

Students will be able to access work opportunities in a variety of roles from traditional to new media roles, such as:

  • Creative director

  • Arts director

  • Film director and producer

  • TV and film director

  • Production accountant

  • Production buyer

  • Video producer

  • Special events producer

  • Animation/sound producer

  • Visual effect artist

  • Visual artist and filmmaker

  • Media coordinator





The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

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

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website. Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

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

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens


A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title:
BA (Hons) Film & Creative Media
Award Type: Major 
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB567 
Next Intake: September 2024

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

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