Advanced Certificate in TV and Digital Film Production

Level 6 QQI Award


One Year


This course is an excellent upskilling and portfolio course for learners who wish to progress to either media or TV/film degrees or employment. Learners gain highly practical skills in a range of techniques used in today’s TV and digital film industry. Areas covered include: drama, documentary news packages and single camera interviews. Graduates have received offers of direct entry to second year in the BA in Film and TV in IADT, and offers of both second and third year advanced entry in the BA in Film Broadcasting in DKIT.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Relevant Level 5 QQI Award
  • Degree Graduates
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience are welcome

Course Modules

  • Documentary Production
  • Scriptwriting for Film and Television Drama
  • Editing Practice and Techniques
  • Film and Digital Video Production
  • Research and Reporting for Digital Media
  • Television and Video Studio Production
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications
Module Information

Module Information

Advanced Certificate in TV and Digital Film Production

Level 6 QQI Award: Film and Television Production (6M18519)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)



Film and Digital Video Production (6N5428)

Explore the production techniques and work practices used in the Film and Television industries through hands on film production. This component provides an introduction to film making as a storytelling medium using film and/or digital media, and establishes fundamental technical and administrative competencies across key production crew specialities. A portfolio of work including an individual clip and a group short film will be produced to complete the course.  

Assessment:  Assignment (40%) and Project (60%).


Documentary Production (6N18514)

Explore the creative skills and processes used in the production of documentaries. This component will look at the evolution of the documentary form as well as allowing learners to develop in teams a short documentary piece from concept, proposal, taster, Pitch and Production.

Assessment:  Assignments (50%) and Project (50%).


Research and Reporting for Digital Media (6N5526)

This module is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to research and produce news reports for digital media. The learner will explore the importance of research and supporting documentation required in production. To complete the module learners will produce both a news package and a single camera interview using professional, Electronic news gathering and Single camera interview techniques for assessment.  

Assessment:  Assignment (40%) and Project (60%).


Scriptwriting (6N18517)

Every film project needs a script. Luckily during Scriptwriting at level 5 you discovered that this a craft that can be learned.  Through writing practice and lively workshops you will grow your knowledge base, and further develop your personal writing style.  By the end of the course you will have written your own 10 minute short film script, and have developed and idea for a television series.  

Assessment:  Project (50%) and Portfolio/Collection of work (50%).


Editing Practice and Techniques (6N5427)

This component is intended to build on level 5 Film & TV Editing. We revisit the basics at the start of the course to ensure every learner is competent on AVID Media Composer. The aim is to further develop the knowledge, skill and competence for film & TV editing. Learners will through observation and practice, further develop their personal edit style using Avid Media Composer (as used in RTE, DIT and IADT amongst other locations), with a focus on Picture Pacing, Audio adjustment and Colour grading.

Assessment:  Collection of Work (60%) and Project (40%).


TV and Video Studio Production (6N5945)

This module will empower participants to work independently or with others to formulate a range of viable practical or creative solutions for the production of television content. Learners will engage in a range of commonly used recording methods for studio production. A portfolio of studio work will be produced including: a studio insert, an electronic field production insert and a short studio magazine show.  

Assessment:  Assignments (100%).


Communications (6N1950)

Level 6 Communications builds on the knowledge and skills gained in level 5 Communications. The learner is facilitated to gain the knowledge and skills to exercise personal autonomy in communicating verbally and nonverbally. There is an emphasis on understanding the requirements of the workplace and using excellent communication skills to maximise participation in personal and vocational life.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%).


Personal and Professional Development (6N1949)

This is not life coaching! However it is an opportunity to take stock and to evaluate your personal and professional goals. Through humorous workshops, lively group discussions and practical exercises we will shine a light on the following techniques: Stress Management, Conflict Management, Managing Change, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Delegation and Team Working.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%).


  • Level 6 QQI Award Film and Television Production (6M18534)

Special Features

This is a very practical course where the student will develop a personal portfolio of work; structured and produced to television and video industry standards. Students will use professional digital cameras, editing techniques and practice using Avid Media Composer software. This course includes field reporting techniques with group trips to record material for news packages. Past trips have included: Commissioner of Irish Lights, IMMA, The DLR Lexicon and Eirtakon. 

Additional Information

Students will have an extensive portfolio from their course work in Television and Film, Scriptwriting. This portfolio may be used for application to the IADT and other Higher Education Institutes

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BA in Film and Television Production (DK864)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

BA in Film Broadcasting (DT504)

Dublin Institute of Technology

BA in Creative Digital Media (TA022)

Institute of Technology Tallaght

BA in Film and Television Production (DL834) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting (TL802) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Institute of Technology Tralee

Career Paths

Most graduates opt to advance to further studies, while others have gained direct employment with media broadcasters, film and TV companies and web content related employment.

Christine Kavanagh

2015 graduate. Freelance Production Assistant.
"I really enjoyed the course. It was a lot of hard work but it was all worth it. The teachers were so helpful and through their help I managed to get work experience in RTE News2Day children’s…

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Christine Kavanagh

2015 graduate. Freelance Production Assistant.
"I really enjoyed the course. It was a lot of hard work but it was all worth it. The teachers were so helpful and through their help I managed to get work experience in RTE News2Day children’s programme. This was a fantastic chance to put all I had learned into practice. Pre-Christmas 2015 I was selected to work on one of RTE’s Storyland entries."

Course Coordinator

Laura Fryday

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