TV and Digital Film Production

Level 5 QQI Award.


This is a Full time one year course


This course is an excellent foundation for Film and Television degrees in; IADT, TU Dublin, DCU, 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 on 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
  • A Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

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 which 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 own short film but also prepare a trailer for the same. These pieces form a portfolio of work as party 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 stills 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 story news worthy.  This component considers who owns and controls the media, who frames the message, and asks the question; how savvy are 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 work place 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 own 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 Avid Media Composer (software) as well as darkroom practice and techniques.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  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

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 to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

BA in Film and Television Production

BA in Photography

BA in New Media Studies

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology(National Film School)

BA in Film and Screen Media

University College Cork

BA in Media Studies

National University of Ireland Maynooth

BA in Film and Broadcasting

BA in Photography

BA in Creative and Cultural Industries

TU Dublin - City Campus (formerly DIT)

BA in Creative Digital Media

TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus

BA in Film and TV Production

BA in Digital Humanities

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BA in Creative Digital Media

TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus

BA in Communication Studies

Dublin City University

Bachelor of Arts, TV, Radio and New Media - Advanced Entry into 2nd Year.  Students must have full QQI Level 5 Award 5M18519 Film and Television Production with 3 Distinctions.

Institute of Technology Tralee

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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