BA (Hons) Film & Creative Media

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


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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 & Creative Media at DBS?

Aims and Objectives

The BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media 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 film-making, editing and post-production, sound, lighting, digital photography, script-writing, 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.

This programme is undergoing programmatic review in 2020.

Course Content

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

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Professional Practice: The Creative Workplace

Intro to Audio Tech & Techniques

Software 1: Professional Editing Platforms

Principles: Light, Camera,

Writing for the Screen Media

Media & Identity

The Moving Image          

Core Modules


Audio for Podcasting,
Performance & Radio

Audio for Film & Screen

Creative Projects Portfolio

Professional Practice: Project Management

Scriptwriting and Development

Software 2: Animation, Titles and Publishing

Exploring Popular Culture

Contemporary Film and Television    

Core Modules

Professional Practice:
Budgeting & Scheduling

Software 3: SFX. VFX & Project Delivery Protocols


Transmedia Practice

Screen Theory & Criticism

Industry Engagement /Internship

Digital Artefact Creation

Research Skills          

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.

Year 3

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life

Year 2

Employability Skills

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Year 1

Learning to Learn

Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

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.


This is a three year programme. The programme is divided into three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.

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 & 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 is the perfect platform for a career in the cultural and creative industries.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Film & Creative Media are €5,895 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2020/2021 click here. 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 

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