TV and Digital Film Production

Level 5 QQI Award Film and Television Production 5M18519


This is a Full-time One Year course which runs from Sept. to May. Exact details of the timetable will be given out to students during the induction process prior to class commencement in September.


This course is an excellent foundation for Film and Television degrees in; IADT (National Film School), DCU,, TU Dublin,  and other Higher Education Institutes and Universities. Students will acquire practical skills in both Film and Television Production, including single-camera production, non-linear film, and video editing. Through the study of Media Analysis, students gain knowledge of how the relationship between the producer, the advertiser, and the audience impact one another. These skills will be evidenced in a portfolio of work including Film, Scriptwriting and Photography. This portfolio of work may be used for progression applications to degree programmes elsewhere.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require level B1 competency on the CEFR language framework. Applicants may be required to undergo English language testing to establish their language competency.

Course Modules

  • Television and Film Editing
  • Film Production
  • Traditional Black and White Photography
  • Media Analysis
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Module Information

Module Information

TV and Digital Film Production

Level 5 QQI Award: Film and Television Production (5M18519)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)


Film Production (5N0637)

Explore the process of developing and producing a film production from concept to final film clip. Learn how to script, prepare, plan, use professional digital cameras and edit your footage using industry-standard software (Avid Media Composer). This component will provide the learner with a portfolio piece that they have written, directed, operated camera and edited. 

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


Film and TV Editing  (5N0540)

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise tools and resources in editing within the television (TV) and film production process. Learners will through observation and practice learn how to edit using Avid Media Composer (as used in RTE, DIT and IADT amongst other locations), from the basics of cutting to transition FXs and colour grading. Using material from the film production module they will not only edit their short film but also prepare a trailer for the same. These pieces form a portfolio of work as part of their assessment assignments.  

Assessment:  Assignment (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).


Digital Movie Processing (5N1605)

Aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise tools to produce content using modern digital processing techniques and utilise key production methods in digital movie processing. Learners will explore through a range of tasks executed on AVID Media Composer how to realise various treatments and FX, including motion and key effects, while effectively managing their project and source files. A portfolio piece (30-90 second video) will be produced by each student which demonstrates their new skills as part of the module.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (40%), Project (60%).


Scriptwriting (5N18476)

Every film project needs a script. Luckily Scriptwriting is a craft that can be learned.  This module will help you to discover your inner writing voice through writing practice and lively workshops. You will learn how to structure a script, develop character and dialogue. By the end of the course, you will have written your own 3-minute short film script.  

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (100%).


Traditional Black and White Photography (5N0757)

Learn and explore the art of still photography using a film-based medium. Projects will be shot in the studio and external locations. A portfolio of images will be developed printed and presented on completion of the course. The use of a 35mm SLR film camera will be required to complete this course. 

Assessment:  Project, (50%) Portfolio/ Collection of Work (25%), Learner Record (25%).


Media Analysis (5N1298)

If you have ever wondered why some stories dominate the headlines and other go under the radar, Media Analysis will help you to understand what makes a story newsworthy. This component considers who owns and controls the media, who frames the message, and asks the question; how savvy is the audience? Are the audience easily manipulated, or can they identify media bias? You will also learn about current media legislation, and reflect on the legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of media practitioners. This module aims to make us better and more effective producers of media content. 

Assessment:  Project (60%) Examination - Theory (40%).


Communications (5N0690)

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and work-related situations, operating independently and under general supervision. 

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


Work Experience (5N1356)

You will prepare for work placement in a relevant vocational area through an evaluation of your skills set, the development of a CV, and an understanding of current workplace legislation. An integral part of this component is developing the skills required for a successful job search; therefore, is it your responsibility to secure your placement. On completion of your Work Placement of at least 10 days (or 60 hours), you will reflect, review and consider your future career options.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%),  Skills Demonstration (40%).


  • Level 5 QQI Award Film and Television Production (5M18519)

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, and practice editing techniques using both Avid Media Composer (software) and Adobe Premiere Pro as well as darkroom practice and techniques.  

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

Free full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud Software for all students on this course for one year to facilitate portfolio and assessment work.

All DFEi students are provided with an M365 account, which gives them access to the tools and resources needed to deliver assessment work while attending their course. M365 Apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, outlook and OneDrive.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information

Students will produce a portfolio of materials from their course work in Film, Scriptwriting, and Photography, which may be used for applications to IADT and other Higher Education Institutes and Universities.


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

All assignments are submitted electronically.  Therefore all students need access to a device such as a computer/laptop.

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See for more details

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Television and Digital Film at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI FET section of the CAO website.

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

BA Film (DL843)

BA Photography and Visual Media (DL833)

BA New Media Studies (DL837)

BA Television (DL844)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire (National Film School) -

BA Film and Screen Media (CK105)

BA Arts (CK101)

University College Cork -

BA Media Studies (MH109)

BA Arts (MH101)

BA Pscyhology (MH106)

Bachelor of Social Science (MH107)

Maynooth University -

BA Film and Broadcasting (TU983)

BA Photography (Portfolio) (TU976)

Technological University Dublin (City) -

BA Media Production and Digital Arts (TU982)

Technological University Dublin (Tallaght) -

BA in Film and Television Production (DK864)

BA Creative Media (DK863, DK769)

Dundalk Institute of Technology -

BA Creative Digital Media (TU706, TU981)

Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown) -

BA Communication Studies (DC131)

BSc Multimedia (DC133)

Dublin City University -

BSc TV and Media Production (SE208, SE212)

South East Technological University (Carlow Campus) -

BA Arts  Journalism (GY119)

BA Arts (Film and Digital Media) (GY127)

BA Arts Global Media (GY135)

Galway University -

Career Paths

Graduates usually opt to advance to further studies, while others have gained direct employment as: production managers, production coordinators, directors and assistant directors.

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Karen Reilly

2019 Graduate. Studying Media Level 8 in IADT

I am creative person and I knew late in secondary school that I wanted to do something relating to media. So I decided a PLC course would be a good option. I absolutely loved the course  in…

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Karen Reilly

2019 Graduate. Studying Media Level 8 in IADT

I am creative person and I knew late in secondary school that I wanted to do something relating to media. So I decided a PLC course would be a good option. I absolutely loved the course  in DFEi. The teachers have great industry knowledge and the equipment is top class. We made an actual film during the year so we got a chance to be the scriptwriter, the director, the cameraman, the editor. I am delighted to be starting my Media Studies degree in IADT.

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