BA in Journalism & Media - Full-time

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

Overview

DBS Journalism and Media

What is Journalism and Media?

This course introduces students to the world of media and journalism, its people, practices and processes. It offers students a broad grounding in the history and contemporary social role of the mass media and is designed to prepared students for careers in the expanding newspaper, broadcasting, magazine and on-line media industries. The programme offers a blend of practical training and theoretical study, enabling students to attain a critical understanding of the environment in which contemporary journalists operate.

Aims and Objectives

This programme will allow learners to develop a broad understanding of the role of the media and journalism within contemporary society. Learners will develop a range of practical skills such as writing, editing, design, layout, basic photography and desktop publishing skills within the field of media and Journalism. The programme will give learners an understanding and appreciation of the ethical issues facing media professionals.

Furthermore, this programme will also enable learners to achieve the following outcomes: A practical understanding of the production methodologies of the media and communications industries; A developed awareness of the changing context of the media and communications industries and the consequent demands this makes on media professionals; Wide ranging knowledge of the legal, administrative and regulatory framework which governs the practice of media and journalism in Ireland.

Course Content

The BA in Journalism & Media programme has the following content.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

New Horizons: Experience and Awareness

Radio Production

Digital Imaging

IT Skills for Journalists

Investigating the Media

Introduction to Online News

Core Modules

Communication for Success

Exploring Popular Culture

Audio Software and Systems

Digital Feature Writing

Journalism and the Law

Multimedia Tools

The World of Work

Core Modules

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Media and Identity

Broadcasting in Action

Principles of Shorthand

Online News Writing

Final Year Portfolio

Employability 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

The assessment strategy for the in BA in Journalism and Media will focus on the gradual acquisition of appropriate skills and knowledge relevant to both the sector and the subject. Learners can expect to be assessed by a variety of methods appropriate to the acquisition and mastery of the skills and knowledge that underpin the programme.

Structure

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. Furthermore, students also undertake a research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

Career Opportunities

The total number of careers for graduates with a degree in journalism has expanded in the last few decades to accommodate the national and international media explosion. Newspaper and magazine careers are attractive to many graduates with a degree in media and journalism because they allow fledgling writers the chance first to gain confidence and newspaper savvy. Online journalism jobs are becoming increasingly important and suitable for graduates with a degree in media and journalism who want to control their own work hours or work from home. Television and radio stations are located all over the country. All need effective journalists to fill key news preparation and on air positions.

Graduates with such a degree may have an advantage over other job candidates who lack a comparable degree. In recent years, traditional media sources such as print, radio and television have been facing increasingly stiff competition from the Internet, impacting media professionals/journalists and journalist salaries alike. Although some graduates go straight to work with a national station or newspaper, many work in consumer or trade magazines, local press and radio or websites. Some graduates work freelance, while others move into related areas such as PR, marketing, multimedia, IT and general business.

Graduates from this programme may also seek transfer into Year 3 of the BA (Hons) in Journalism programme offered by Dublin Business School.

Fees

The fees for Full-time BA in Journalism and Media are €5,650 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 201​7/201​8 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 (http://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) 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 www.cao.ie.   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

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to www.cao.ie before the closing date. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 201​8

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 7
Award Title:  
BA in Journalism and Media
Award Type: 
Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB578

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