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BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media

BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media


Take the first steps in your media career on this varied and exciting course

This honours degree course enables students to gain practical media skills and build an industry-class portfolio across a range of media.

Why Study Journalism & Visual Media at Griffith College?

The BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media is conducted on a full-time basis over a three-year period and allows students to develop their own media skills path with an option to specialise in Year 2 and 3. Students will work across the media communications spectrum, becoming confident in their skills and prepared to succeed in this exciting and ever-changing industry, before choosing their own study path from social and digital media, photography, radio, investigative journalism, TV or video.

  • You will gain a solid understanding of media theory, media communication and media production.
  • You will develop practical media skills through work on traditional and new media platforms like the college newspaper, radio station and digital portal.
  • You will build a strong portfolio of your work and gain knowledge of the most up to date technologies and techniques.
  • Form your career path with further specialisation in four elective choices out of the seven award-winning modules.
  • Option to further your studies in media with progression to Griffith's three specialist media Masters programmes.

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences on the 17th of September, 2018.

Are you applying through the CAO?

Download our 2018 CAO Toolkit for everything you need to know about applying to the CAO!


BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media

The whole learning environment was something I’ll never forget. I couldn’t recommend Griffith more highly. It equipped me with the knowledge I needed to pursue my dreams

Stephan O'Leary
BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media
tara - journo student

I chose my BA (Hons) in Journalism & Visual Media in Griffith College Dublin because I felt it had such a great range of modules; at the time I still was not 100% sure what I wanted to do with my career. I felt this course gave me the perfect base to start off with thanks to its diversity. The lecturers and staff at Griffith were always so helpful and it was such a lovely environment to learn in. Throughout my career so far I have worked in many industries and in many different roles from graphic design, web development, photography, events management and marketing. I am now studying the part-time Msc in Digital Marketing at Trinity College, and work for Kingspan in a Marketing Executive role and I feel my qualification from Griffith College played an important part in securing my current career path.

Tara McDonnell
BA (HONS) Journalism & Visual Media
Course details

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. They can also select a dissertation which can be academic or by practice. This module is 20 credits and counts as two elective choices

Core Subjects
Year One
  • History of the Media
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Introduction to Radio
  • Media Law & Ethics
  • Media Studies
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Introduction to Video
  • Introduction to Writing Journalism
  • Understanding Society
  • Writing & Presentation Skills
Year Two
  • Contemporary Society & Political Systems
  • Understanding Audiences & Media Marketing
  • History of Art & Photography
  • Research Methods
  • Video Production 1
Year Three
  • Modern Society
  • Sociology of the Media
  • Media Research & Cultural Studies
Year 2 Elective Choice (10 credits per module)

Journalism Stream (A)

  • Radio Journalism
  • News Media Production
  • Reporting & Editing

Visual Stream (B)

  • Advanced Photography
  • Visual Communication (includes Layout & Design)
  • Web Design
Year 3 Elective Choice (10 credits per module)

Journalism Stream (A) [only if Stream A taken in Yr 2]

  • Business Journalism
  • Conflict Reporting
  • Creative Writing
  • Dissertation-
  • Film Studies
  • Investigative Journalism II
  • Irish Language Journalism
  • Online Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Shorthand
  • Sports Journalism
  • Video Production 2

Visual Stream (B) [only if Stream B taken in Yr 2]

  • Commercial Photography
  • Creative Writing
  • Dissertation-
  • Film Studies
  • Multi-Media Storytelling
  • Photo Media Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Video Production 2
  • Visual & Exhibition Project

Course Contacts

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2018 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.


Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 (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 2018. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st, 2018 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.

Tuition Fees

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


Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 5,550.00


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


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 10,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 10,000.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,550.00

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.


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


Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

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

Career Progression

Through the BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media, 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:

  • Video production
  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Production
  • Online Campaign Manager
  • Researcher and Journalist
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Account Manager

Ready to take the next step?