Certificate in TV Production and Design Practices

TV Production Courses
CTVPD: Certificate in TV Production and Design Practices / Undergraduate
12 Months
Validated by
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Showcase your creative flair through this exciting film and design programme

This exciting new Certificate in TV Production and Design Practices is aimed at candidates who have an interest in art, design, and film and TV production but who have not completed a related programme and do not have a portfolio of work. In this certificate, learners can explore and experiment across a range of TV production and design disciplines to enhance their skills and identify their creative specialism. 

Why study TV Production and Design Practices at Griffith College?

The Certificate in TV Production and Design Practices is a 60 ECTS, QQI-validated Level 6 programme, delivered over one academic year, and aimed at those who have a keen interest in TV production and/or design and will prepare them for further study in either field. This will be achieved by giving you the opportunity to explore and experiment across a range of screen media and design activities, allowing you to develop key visualisation and representation skills. On completion of the programme, you will have the confidence and knowledge to pursue the creative specialism of your choice, through further education or career progression. 

Throughout the duration of the programme, learners will have access to: 

  • Industry-standard equipment and facilities, including a fully equipped TV studio, digital cinematography equipment, production spaces and on-location sound recording equipment. 
  • Industry-standard tools including Avid Media Composer, ProTools and Adobe Suite. 
  • Direct connections within the film industry 

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024

Course Details

Course Modules

This module will give learners a chance to explore their skills in new media and experiment with art, design and screen production tools and techniques and interdisciplinary approaches. The module objectives are to introduce studio practice portfolio production, fulfilling assessment objectives, health and safety, working processes, and the beginning of a portfolio of work. It also introduces the learner to group work and independent work. 

This module demystifies the writing process by equipping learners with foundational writing skills aimed at improving their attention to clarity, coherence and detail. Emphasising the importance of expressing concepts clearly on the page, this module introduces learners to the research and presentation skills required to write clear and compelling stories that are essential to the developmental stages of the scriptwriting process.

The objectives of the module include:

  • The opening weeks of the module are focused on the essential writing skills required for clear and coherent communication.
  • The second section introduces learners to the research process necessary to create development documents for film and TV scripts.
  • The third section of the module teaches oral presentation skills and exposes students to examples of excellent oral presentations (TED.com).

In this module, weekly classes consist of lecture, tutorial, case study and practical writing exercises.

This practical module is based on current industry best-practice in short-form screen media content production and emulates industry processes to equip learners with the basic practical skills to produce short-form audio-visual branded content/commercial content for multiplatform distribution. Learners are introduced to the practical skills needed in each phase of screen media production – pre-production, production and post-production – and make informed, logical and creative decisions at every stage.

One objective of this module is to equip learners with the ability to conceive ideas and develop original material that is suitable to approach the production of a short factual item for multiplatform distribution. Learners make informed logical and creative decisions at every stage. This practical module equips the learners with a range of specialised video production skills such as scheduling shoots, scripting ideas, location filming, location recording and varied editing techniques. 

This module will provide learners with the fundamental skills vital to presenting and connecting with audiences either on or off-camera. Learners are introduced to the essential production technologies in the multi-camera TV studio setting. Learners are introduced to industry-standard TV studio technologies including rigging, set-up, operation from the floor and the gallery and de-rigging. Learners gain experience practising the skills necessary to perform the roles and responsibilities of each member of a TV studio crew in front and behind the camera. The objective of the module is to assist the learner in developing communication, and presentation skills while providing them with the necessary technical skills to gain a solid foundation in live TV studio production. Learners are expected to develop adaptable competencies they can build upon as they progress in professionally. 

This module will equip learners with an understanding of the universal principles of story and story structure in various modes, formats and genres of screen media production. The module goes into concepts fundamental to storytelling across a wide variety of distribution platforms. Learners discover how to structure stories develop narrative and character while also focusing on the skills necessary to communicate and connect with audiences as clients and consumers.

The objectives of this module are to present a range of potential story structures and explore in-depth the classical three-act structure. This module also exposes learners to the story development process. Learners are required to write loglines, synopses, treatments and two drafts of a short script. In this module, weekly classes consist of lecture, tutorial, case study and practical writing exercises. 

Learners will compare and contrast different historical periods and styles in art and design, and understand their evolution through time. This subject area also develops the learners’ skills in visual analysis, which are required in other modules in the programme. The module’s objectives are to introduce learners to key historical styles and periods in European art and design from Neoclassicism (c.1790) up to early Modernism (c.1914). Time is also dedicated to academic referencing and essay research. 

The module aims to draw upon the summation of knowledge and skills acquired during the first-semester experience. Learners are afforded the opportunity to foster and promote innovative ideas and practical work while extending their potential contextual and technical abilities in preparation for progression to higher education. The module objectives are to facilitate learners in bringing together the skills and knowledge developed in other modules and devising a creative portfolio of work that involves bringing an individual concept or idea through the creative development and practical execution processes. 

This module aims to equip the learner with the ability to produce engaging, coherent fiction ideas and to follow industry-standard workflows and processes through all stages of the film and screen media production cycle. This is a project-led, hands-on, practical module that aims to create a professional working environment conducive to individual and group learning.

In meeting this module’s objectives, learners are guided through the overall creative and technical production process, directing, producing, filming and editing short narrative films from a script selected from Storytelling for Screen. Learners are encouraged to make informed creative, logistical and technical decisions at every stage and, in this way, are equipped with the essential creative and technical elements necessary to generate and produce high-quality visual narratives. Upon completion of this module, learners will fully understand how to successfully develop, visualise, communicate, produce and post-produce narrative fiction ideas. 


Full-time students must be available through Monday to Friday. Part-time students will have classes two evenings (nine hours) per week plus one Saturday session (six hours) per month.

How to Apply

How to Apply 

This is a direct entry programme. All applicants can apply directly through our website. 

For more information on how to apply or the entry requirements below, please contact [email protected]

Entry Requirements

Applicants under 23 years of age: 

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grade O6 / H7 in five subjects, or equivalent qualification. The five subjects must include Mathematics and English, Irish or another language. 

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature students): 

Applicants over the age of 23, may also apply on the basis of work experience and/or life experience by demonstrating that they have reached the standards of knowledge, skills, and competence associated with NFQ Level 4 / 5. 

English Language  

The English language entry requirements for the programme are CEF B2+ or equivalent. Candidates with English language levels below CEF B2+ must first reach this minimum standard before enrolling on the academic programme. Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. This is a temporary measure for our intakes up to and including September 2022. Please see here for further details. 


For purposes of fee calculation, the residence is counted from the time of application.

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin  : EUR 8,000

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin : EUR 8,000

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies to all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


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