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BA in Communications

BA in Communications

Overview

Take the first steps to a career as a working media professional

 This hands-on course builds the knowledge and skills needed today in the changing and dynamic world of media, whether is working online, in radio, TV or photojournalism, giving you the practical, real-world experience needed to succeed.

Why Study Communications at Griffith College?

The BA in Communications is recognised by the NUJ and is conducted on a full-time basis for three years. Media-based training, both practical and academic, is central to the course with students learning to work in real journalistic situations over the course of six semesters.

  • You will gain a solid, theoretical understanding of essential introductory journalism production skills, media history and social structures.
  • You will significantly develop your writing, radio, video and photography skills, and explore reporting, feature writing and investigative journalism, through work with the college newspaper, magazine and radio station, while filming and editing your own short video pieces.
  • You will have the opportunity to write, edit and design your own publications, establishing a brilliant portfolio to show future employers.
  • Form your career path with further specialisation in two elective choices.
  • Option to further your studies in media with progression to Griffith's BA (Hons) in Commmunications & Media Production.

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences September 2020.

Are you applying through the CAO?

Read our CAO Guide for everything you need to know about applying through the CAO!

What our students say

I initially chose to do journalism because I've always had an interest in reading & writing and a desire to learn more about anything and everything going on in the world. However, this course goes so much further than reading and writing. I gained so much confidence in myself both personally and professionally through being put in the deep end of practical work, such as: going live on radio, creating my own radio documentary, creating my own short films and interviewing people for articles and features, etc. My time in Griffith College has made me feel I have gained plenty of knowledge about how a real-life job in journalism works. I also appreciate how broad this course is, as it made me realise how much I love radio and TV, two things I never thought that I would have the confidence to do before!

Ciara Ryan
BA in Journalism

Griffith College was a great experience, with lecturers assisting students on both a one-to-one basis and in small peer groups. I found Griffith helped with my level of professionalism, drive and general awareness of current affairs, photography, videography and reporting skills. The lecturers were very experienced in their relevant fields and very resourceful and approachable if students were stuck or had a problem. It was also a great degree if you are interested in working in the Communications sector as it's a very hands-on course.

Amy O'Regan
BA in Journalism
Course details
Core Subjects
Year One
  • Digital, Online and Social Media Production
  • Mobile Media
  • Photography 1
  • Thinking, Writing, Presenting
  • Understanding Society
  • Communications History
  • Cultural Journalism
  • Radio Production 1
  • Writing for Media
Year Two
  • Contemporary Politics
  • Media Production
  • Photography 2
  • Radio Production 2
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • News Reporting and Feature Writing
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Shorthand (Elective)
  • Writing and Presentation Skills (Elective)
Year Three
  • Business of Media
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Media Reporting and Editing
  • Video Production 1
  • History of Art and Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Video Production 2
Timetables
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and maths.

 How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2019 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.

CAO Codes

  • Dublin - GC465
  • Cork - GC265

Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 (Mature Students) or Part-Time Applicants must apply directly. Mature students will be asked for a copy of their passport and applications should be made by September 2019. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st, 2019 will be asked for a copy of their passport, Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent and must meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme.

When our Admissions team receive your application they will be in contact with you directly.

If you wish to apply for advanced entry onto the course, please apply directly and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your application.

Fees

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

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 5,750.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 6,550.00

International

General Fee Information 

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.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

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

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

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:

Dublin

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

Cork

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 in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. If you graduate from this programme you are eligible to enter the final year of the BA (Hons) in Communications & Media Production.

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the BA in Journalism, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong portfolio and covered a diverse range of media. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • A cross media Journalist
  • Press Editor
  • Media Analyst
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Information Officer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Freelance Media Professional
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