Griffith College

BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media

BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media

BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media

Carve out your own career path on this varied and exciting course. Gain real-life practical skills, build your portfolio & specialise in either journalistic or visual media.

BA in Journalism and Visual Media
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Duration:3 Years Full Time

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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 ( This helps you build a portfolio of work to show potential employers as you continue your studies.

Year 3

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.


In 2nd year, students choose to either continue their study in Steam A (journalistic media) or Stream B (visual media).
In 3rd year, students choose 4 electives suited to their stream to accompany their mandatory modules.

Please see below for details...

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 2
History of the Media
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Radio
Media Law & Ethics
Media Studies
Semester 1
Introduction to Digital Media
Introduction to Video
Introduction to Writing Journalism
Understanding Society
Writing & Presentation Skills
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester 1
Contemporary Society & Political Systems
Understanding Audiences & Media Marketing
Semester 2
History of Art & Photography
Research Methods
Video Production 1
Year 3 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Media Research & Cultural Studies
Semester 1
Modern Society
Sociology of the Media
Year 2 Electives
Semester 1
Advanced Photography - [Stream B (Visual Media)]
Reporting & Editing - [Stream A (Journalistic Media)]
Radio Journalism - [Stream A (Journalistic Media)]
Visual Communication - [Stream B (Visual Media)]
Semester 2
News Media Production and Investigative Journalism - [Stream A (Journalistic Media)]
Web Design - [Stream B (Visual Media)]
Year 3 Electives
Semester 1
Business Journalism - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Film Studies- [Stream A or B]
Publishing - [Stream A or B]
Photographic Media Production - [Stream B Only (Visual Media)]
Sports Journalism - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Introduction to Video Production 2 - [Stream A or B]
Semester 2
Conflict Reporting- [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Commercial Photography - [Stream B Only (Visual Media)]
Creative Writing - [Stream A or B]
Dissertation- [Stream A or B]
Investigative Journalism II - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Irish Language Journalism - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Multimedia Storytelling - [Stream B Only (Visual Media)]
Online Journalism - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Public Relations- [Stream A or B]
Shorthand - [Stream A Only (Journalistic Media)]
Video Production 2 - [Stream A or B]
Visual Project & Exhibition - [Stream B Only (Visual Media)]
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language).

CAO Points Dublin: 

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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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,400.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,500.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 10,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 10,000.00
How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2016 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2016 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2016 (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 before the 19th of September 2016. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st 2016 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.

Academic Progression: 

Graduates of this course have gone on to study one of the three specialist media Masters programmes offered here at Griffith College. You may also consider pursuing other postgraduate options at prestigious academic institutions across the UK and Europe.

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Career Progression: 

You’ll have gained valuable professional experience during this course and graduates will have many career options. You’ll have covered a diverse and exciting range of media, building a strong portfolio of work and knowledge of the most up to date technologies and techniques. 

Successful students will work as journalists, researchers, presenters and producers in print and broadcast media. The course also prepares you for employment in areas where visual media or multi-media are in demand, including video production, photography, web design, and graphics production and design. 

As our world becomes more digital, studying the role of the Internet in modern media is an integral part of this programme. With this in mind, graduates may seek work in new and rewarding fields of social and online media.


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Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.