Griffith College

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications

Acquiring key media skills is one aspect of the course. Mastering them involves developing a critical depth through an understanding of essential media and communications.

Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications Introduction
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:9
Duration:1 year full time 2 years part time
Overview

This postgraduate programme delivers a comprehensive syllabus of media skills. It is designed to equip you with the key practical competencies needed to work in a professional media environment today along with the critical academic depth of a postgraduate qualification. 

During the course, you will be challenged in real journalistic situations including producing articles to deadline, editing, designing and printing newspapers, magazines or creating online news content. Radio skills from recording and editing interviews, creating podcasts and running a radio station 24/7 are part of the course work on this programme. 
Students can also choose a range of media specialisms including Video journalism where you’ll shoot, edit and present your own news package, as well as Sports Journalism, Photojournalism, International Political Economy and Business of Digital Media. 

Acquiring key media skills is one aspect of the course. Mastering them involves developing a critical depth through an understanding of essential media, communications and sociological theories. This will give you the critical depth necessary to become a media professional and a more rounded communicator, capable of taking up media employment upon graduation. Students on the MA will produce an independent piece of written research by dissertation or by practice through film, radio or photography. Students wishing to undertake just the Postgraduate Diploma are not required to complete the Dissertation.

Industry links:
Lecturers in Griffith’s Journalism and Media Faculty are drawn from successful media companies including RTE, Newstalk and Setanta amongst others.

Check out our students’ work:
www.digital.gcd.ie
www.thecircular.org

Successful Alumni:
Graduates are currently working in the Irish and Sunday Independent, Sunday World, RTE Radio and Television, Newstalk, Sunday Times, Evening Herald, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Star, Irish Sun, TV3, Harmonia Magazines as well as other titles in the magazine sector, other rother regional commercial radio stations and weekly newspapers. 
A number of students are professional contract photographers, or work independently in the film & TV sector as well as in online media, public relations and marketing.

Multi Award Winners
National Student Media Competitions: Griffith College students consistently excel at the Smedia awards. In 2014, Griffith students won four Smedia awards and were nominated in a further 12 categories. 

In 2013, all finalists in the Photographer of the Year category were from Griffith College. The 2014 students won Blog of the Year which you can check out at: www.thecircular.org . Griffith students have also won Short Story of the Year as well as Best TV Production and Best Radio Production. 

Our Recent Smedia record:
●    Blog of the Year: 2014
●    Radio Production of the Year: 2014
●    TV Production of the Year: 2014, 2012, 2011
●    Short Story of the Year: 2014, 2013
●    Photographer of the Year: 2013, 2012
●    Sports Photographer of the Year: 2013

Facilities:
●    On-campus Radio Station: broadcasting studios (1 on-air and 1 off-air)
●    4 Photographic Studios
●    3 Dark Rooms 1 TV and Video Studio
●    1 Sound Engineering Studio
●    2 Multimedia Production Rooms Multiple Student Publications

Press pass:
National Union of Journalists recognition of our degree and masters programmes entitles students to apply for a NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.

Tax relief:
Griffith College students can avail of tax relief on all QQI validated undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information visit www.revenue.ie

Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications Overview
Structure

The MA in Journalism and Media Communications is a 90 credit programme consisting of ten taught modules. There are eight mandatory modules on the programme and students also acquire subject specialisations by completing two electives (from a choice of five). Shorthand is also offered on the full-time programme as a noncredit elective. The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications programme is a 60 credit programme which consists of the ten taught modules and does not include the dissertation module. The MA in Journalism and Media Communicationsis assessed mainly through continuous assessment. As assignments are designed to reflect the specific educational requirements of each particular module, they can differ significantly from one module to another (e.g. essays in Sociology of the Media, research proposals in Research Methods; the production of a radio programme/ newspaper article in Writing and Reporting, exercises in layout and design in Newspaper and Magazine Production; presentations in Communications and Audience Theories, etc.) On completion, students possess an extensive array of skills enabling them to secure media based employment.

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Communications & Audience Theories
Investigative Journalism
Newspaper and Magazine Production
Online Media
Semester 1
Media Law & Ethics
Research Methods
Sociology of the Media
Writing and Reporting
Electives
Year 1 Electives
Semester 2
Business of Digital Media
International Political Economy
Photojournalism
Sports Journalism
Video Journalism
Semester 0
Shorthand
Entry Requirements
General Requirements
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications

2.2 degree in any discipline

Fees

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:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: accounts@griffith.ie:

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.

Campus: 
Dublin
Study Mode: 
Full-Time
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,500.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 7,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 9,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 9,000.00
Campus: 
Dublin
Study Mode: 
Part-Time
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,500.00
How to Apply
Progression
Career Progression: 

Graduates leave with the knowledge, confidence and capability to succeed in the media industry. Employers of GCD graduates often note their ‘can do’ attitude, tied to a thorough sense of professionalism. 

Our tutors follow excellent teaching practices, using up to date techniques and technology. Students on our HETAC validated Journalism and Media courses are entitled to student membership cards from the National Union of Journalists, which recognises the courses for professional training.

Successful Alumni:
Graduates are currently working in the Irish and Sunday Independent, Sunday World, RTE radio and television, Newstalk, Sunday Times, Evening Herald, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Star, Irish Sun, TV3, Harmonia Magazines as well as other titles in the magazine sector, other rother regional commercial radio stations and weekly newspapers. A number of learners are professional contract photographers, or work independently in the film & TV sector as well as in online media, public relations and marketing.

 

PG Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications 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.