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Higher National Diploma
The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Journalism is designed for students who wish to gain employment in print, online or broadcast journalism and other areas of creative media production. While the main focus of the course is effective writing, skills such as photojournalism, page design and radio broadcasting will also be developed.
Contemporary media issues will be explored throughout the course, and students are facilitated in conducting independent research into modern media practice. Students are encouraged to build a comprehensive portfolio as well as learning a broad range of skills to enable them to progress to further study or employment.
The Journalism HND is a two year continuous assessment programme
Practical Skills, Research Techniques, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, News Journalism, Page Design & Layout, Radio Journalism, Special Subject Investigation
Radio Documentary, Law for Journalists, Politics for Journalists, Shorthand, Convergent Journalism, Work Experience, Contextual Studies, Magazine Project
Higher National Diploma, leading to BA (Honours)
Leaving Certificate or equivalent - Higher Level English is an advantage. Mature students are welcome. Candidates must attend an interview with a small portfolio of writing. See guidance here
Graduates have gained employment in print, online and broadcast journalism as well as education, design and a range of creative media production careers.
Coláiste Dhúlaigh has a close association with our local radio station, Near FM, where many students have gained work placements.
Progression Routes/College Links
Graduates with a distinction average have a variety of higher education opportunities:
BA (Hons) Media Production Management, Ballyfermot CFE – one year programme
Direct progression into final year:
BA (Hons) Digital Media, University of Wolverhampton
BA (Hons) Creative Arts, University of Cumbria
BA Journalism, Griffith College Dublin
Many of our students have gained advanced entry into a range of Irish universities through CAO application.
BA (Hons) Journalism and Digital Media, Independent Colleges Dublin
BA (Hons) Journalism and Visual Media, Griffith College Dublin
BA Journalism and Media, Dublin Business School
Information on course fees can be obtained by contacting college administration, or will be available at interview.
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