• » Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film & Video

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film & Video
    CAO Code  LY427
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This programme has been designed to cater for emerging opportunities across the Digital Film and Video sector. The key areas of digital film production are covered including script writing, sound and music design, production, compositing and editing. Technology is key to industry and this is reflected in the course content and equipment made available to it.
    An enterprise and entrepreneurship ethos is also embedded in modules at undergraduate level. The course will engage with industry throughout its development to incorporate change and stay as relevant as possible in a fast changing sector and will engage traditional and emerging practice to cater for the needs of the industry in the area and beyond. Self-directed practice will be a key component across a number of modules with a focus on audience and market 
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Min. Five O6/H7
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    Maths is not required.
    Leaving Cert Art is not required though desirable. Entry is based on Leaving Certificate or FETAC results only. There is no portfolio assessment – however, it should be noted that this is a highly creative programme and demands the artistic engagement of learners.
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click Part-time Study
    Mature applicants
    Should apply via the CAO, making sure they tick the relevant boxes on pages 2 and 3 of the CAO application form.
    What will I study?
    Year 1 introduces the student to the principles of design and digital media as well as the basics of drawing, observation, photography, scriptwriting, storyboarding and cinematography. The emphasis in Year 1 is on developing creativity and understanding of the design process. 
    Year 2 concentrates on the development of digital skills and creative processes with modules on cinematography, scriptwriting & storyboarding, ambient sound & Foley design, compositing, studio and field audio & video, production management and Film & Video theory. 
    In Year 3 will focus on production, effects, post production editing and professional practice. Contemporary film theory supports and contextualises the studio practice throughout the programme.
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Visual Enquiry Mandatory  10  7
     Communications & Creative Process Mandatory  5  4
     Photography Basics Mandatory  5  4
     Art & Design History 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Sound Basics Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Moving Image Basics Mandatory  10  7
     Sound Recording Mandatory  5  4
     Experimental Music & Video Mandatory  10  7
     Art & Design History 2 Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Cinematography Mandatory  10  6
     Scriptwriting & Storyboarding Mandatory  10  6
     Film History Mandatory  5  3
     Ambient Sound/Foley Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  Production Management Mandatory  5  3
     Compositing Mandatory  10  6
     Film & Video History Mandatory  5  3
     Studio And Field Audio & Video  Mandatory  10  6
     3/5  Interactive Audio Video Mandatory  10  5
     Editing & Effects Mandatory  10  5
     Film, History & Theory Mandatory  5  3
     Titles and Typography Mandatory  5  3
     3/6  Design Project Mandatory  15  6
     Imaging Technologies Mandatory  5  4
     Professional Practice Mandatory  5  3
     Contemporary Film Theory Mandatory  5  4
    Having successfully completed this programme graduates will be able to:
    • Apply a specialised range of the skills, tools, and professional practices pertaining to digital video, photography and sound.
    • Interpret the on-going development of film, video and photography, covering theory, practice and technology and define the intersections between traditional skills and new developments in animation.
    • Utilise a range of tools and media appropriate to production of digital video, photography and sound, gradually focusing on an area of specialism while sourcing relevant research, visual and aural, which will broaden and support production.
    • Demonstrate the capacity for planning, scheduling, resourcing and managing a project  from concept to finished artefact, exercising judgement in choosing appropriate material and media
    • Apply transferable skills which may be used in a variety of contexts in digital video and photography, in order to increase flexibility as a practitioner
    • Perform with competency and confidence in engaging with external stakeholders, contributing from a range of skill sets and working effectively both in group and personal projects,
    • Construct responses to situations and contexts through research, problem-solving and critical thinking in both personal and group projects
    • Bring professional practice, personal engagement, contextualisation and critical thinking together in their approach to creative work
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Digital Film & Video at LYIT
    Graduates from this programme may also apply to pursue further studies to relevant level 8 programmes at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland and abroad
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates from this programme are multi-skilled and may find employment with film, media and design companies, small creative enterprises or freelance in a range of fields including;
    • Pre-production designer
    • On location Film Crew member – Camera / Sound
    • Post production editor
    • Special Effects Producer
    • Independent film/video producer
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply