Would you like to develop your own media skills path? On this honours degree programme, you’ll work across the media communications spectrum, becoming confident in your skills and prepared to succeed in this exciting and ever-changing industry.
In your first year, you’ll get a solid multi-media and academic grounding. Then choose your own study path from social and digital media, photography, radio, investigative journalism, TV or video. Students can become broadcasters, reporters, documentary makers, professional photographers, online and social media specialists, or you may wish to progress to postgraduate study.
You’ll gain a solid understanding of media theory and develop practical media skills. Learn the history of media and how society has adapted to increasingly sophisticated systems of media communication.
Learn to present a message and how to present yourself within systems of media communication. You’ll acquire an understanding of radio, print, social and visual media and photography. Students also gain essential background knowledge relating to the legal and ethical environment of media production - a complex and interesting area.
After completing first year, you’ll be invited to decide on the areas that you wish to specialise in in subsequent years.
Students will choose either a journalism or visual media specialisation. During this stage, you’ll apply your knowledge and begin to think holistically by developing various media-related skills.
You’ll produce practical media work on a regular basis through traditional and new media platforms, such as college papers, Griff FM, the radio station and the Griffith digital portal (digital.gcd.ie). This helps you build a portfolio of work to show potential employers as you continue your studies.
At this point, students specialise further, with four elective choices out of the seven modules delivered in this award stage of the programme.
Specialist choice subjects include a double credit dissertation by writing or by practical work subject that exhibits the range of skills attained by the student. Academic depth and critical understanding of society is achieved through core subjects, Modern Society, Sociology of the Media and Media Research, and Cultural Studies.
During this year you will be producing high level professional media work. Competencies developed at this stage will benefit you in your a post-college career or to further academic study.