Griffith College

BA in Journalism

BA in Journalism

BA in Journalism

Prepare for a career in media with this practical, real-world focused course. Expand your knowledge and skills in the dynamic world of journalism.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Introduction
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:7
Duration:3 Years Full Time.

If you want to begin a career as a journalist in the print or broadcasting areas, this hands-on course gives you the practical, real-world experience you need to succeed.

This three year full-time degree programme expands your knowledge and skills in the changing and dynamic world of journalism. Media-based training, both practical and academic, is central to the course as you prepare a career in the media. You’ll learn to work in real journalistic situations – in print and broadcasting – over the course of six semesters.

NUJ recognition of the programme will entitle you to a student NUJ Card for each year of the programme. Students learn a range of media production and academic skills, which allows integration of investigative and practical skills. Print, digital and broadcast production are catered for, with some photography. This is taught alongside learning more about the society that you’ll be writing about and commenting on.

Year 1

You’ll acquire theoretical understanding and introductory journalism production skills - an essential foundation as you begin on your exciting new career path.

Learn the history of media and how society has adapted to systems of media communication. Discover more about social structures; knowledge that will form the basis of work within media later in the programme and in media careers.

In addition, you’ll learn how to present a message and how to present yourself within media communication: essential skills in this industry. You’ll begin to develop your capacity to write professionally, acquiring knowledge of good writing practice. Alongside this, you’ll acquire introductory skills in radio, print and photography. At this point you’ll begin learning print journalism skills, improving on this knowledge and technique each year of the course.

Together with your classmates, you’ll work in the college radio station, creating and broadcasting your own radio programmes. Plus there’s opportunity to write, edit and design your own publications - establishing a brilliant portfolio to show future employers!

Year 2

In second year, students continue to develop their writing, radio and photography skills. They also begin to acquire the layout skills needed for newspaper and magazine production, while building an understanding of the ethical and legal aspects of the work of today’s journalists.

At Griffith College, we also focus on developing a student’s understanding of contemporary political and social issues while deepening their media skills through modules like ‘Understanding Narratives’. We ensure there is a constant focus on writing and presentation culminating in a more rounded multi skilled student - we help you hone your skills at each stage of the degree programme.

Year 3

Video and TV journalism skills are added in this stage. Students specialise in key news media areas such as reporting, feature writing and investigative journalism.

Modules like Media Studies, Research Methods, History of Art & Photography as well as Understanding Audiences, will give you a greater critical and academic depth as you approach graduation. The next step is investigating your next career move, click on the ‘Progression’ tab on this page to see what the future holds for graduates of this course.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Overview

Students have a choice of electives in year 2. An elective choice may be affected by the level of demand, student profile and timetables.

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 2
History of the Media
Introduction to Radio
Social Studies
Writing for Arts & Culture
Semester 1
Introduction to Digital Media
Introduction to Photography
Journalism 1
Writing and Presentation Skills
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Advanced Photography
News Media Production
Understanding Narrative
Semester 1
Contemporary Politics
Journalism 2
Media Law and Ethics
Radio Journalism
Semester 0
Media Production 1
Year 3 Core Subjects
Semester 2
History of Art and Photography
Investigative Journalism
Research Methods
TV Journalism
Media Production 2
Semester 1
Introduction to Video
Media Studies
Reporting & Feature Writing
Understanding Audiences & Media Marketing
Year 2 Electives
Semester 2
Writing and Presentation Skills 2
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Entry Requirements Cork

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

Entry Requirements Dublin

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


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
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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 9,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 9,000.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,200.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 7,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,000.00
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 21st 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: 

Further study is an option for students who successfully complete this course; the logical progression is to take the final year of the BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media.

You may also go even further and 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.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

With significant growth in the general Irish media and communications sector, particularly in online news media and social media, there are good employment prospects for graduates of this programme.

The performance and resilience of local radio stations and regional news media publications alongside a dynamic magazine and TV sector also offers many entry-level opportunities for graduates.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Career Progression

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.