BA in Film & Creative Media

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



What is Film & Creative Media?

The BA in Film & Creative Media programme is an opportunity for you to spend three years developing skills and expertise in film, television, radio, photography and other aspects of digital culture. You will also acquire a broad understanding of the various ways in which the contemporary audiovisual media impact on our relationship with the world. The BA in Film and Media is a dynamic, practical and vocational programme that will not only allow you to develop existing interests while also help you develop new ones.

Aims and Objectives

Whether making films, radio programmes, creating photographic portfolios, or studying the latest developments in digital culture the BA in Film and Creative Media will help you develop a dynamic relationship with the contemporary audiovisual sector. The programme offers you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that are suitable for a variety of career paths and destinations in and around the audiovisual sector. During your three years on the programme you will be exposed to a wide range of industry facing and workplace aware audiovisual production, post-production and other allied practical and academic practices in the fields of film and media. You will also be able to develop key transferable skills such as self direction, teamwork, time and project management, networking, entrepreneurship, diplomacy, tact and negotiation. The BA in Film and Creative Media will also prepare you for the workplace whilst also providing a great platform for further study and personal development.

This programme is undergoing programmatic review in 2020.

Course Content

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

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Digital Film Production/Sound

New Media Writing/
Storytelling in the Digital Age

Creativity & Design in Practice

Investigating the Creative Media Industry

Multimedia Tools

Film, Cinema & Screen Today

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

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

The BA in Film & Creative Media offers learners the opportunity to be assessed by a variety of different methods. These will range from written reports, essays, presentations, and formal examinations to involvement in group projects.


This is a 3 year programme. The degree is divided into three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.

  • In Level 1, students undertake introductory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core disciplines to provide a platform for more advanced study.

  • In Level 2, students take subjects that build on the level 1 foundation and further develop student knowledge and understanding.

  • In Level 3, students take subjects intended to develop understanding of applied areas and key subjects.

Transfer Learners

Learners holding relevant qualifications at Levels 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of this programme.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates from the programme will possess a wide range of transferable skills and disciplines that make them attractive to employers. Graduates from this programme will also be well-placed to continue their academic progression on the QQI Framework. Graduates of this programme may also progress to the final year of the Level 8 programmes the BA in (Hons) Film & Creative Media.


The fees for Full-time BA 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 QQI 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: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level:
Level 7
Award Title:
BA in Film & Creative Media
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB576

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