Course Overview

The core focus of the programme is the development of students’ creative and critical skills, positioning graduates to become content creators across a range of media platforms and giving them the entrepreneurial skills and flexibility required to work in today’s rapidly changing media environment. This course provides a comprehensive grounding in the theory and history of film and digital media as well as training in film practice, screenwriting, and digital development and design.  

The course is located within the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, offering students the opportunity to become part of the Huston’s creative community and connecting them to the local and national media industries from within a world-renowned University environment. The Huston School has developed a wide range of links with the media industry in Ireland and graduates from the School have gone on to work in film production and direction, screenwriting, game design, e-learning, film festival programming, and lecturing amongst other areas.

As a UNESCO City of Film, European Capital of Culture 2020 and the home of the Irish Film Board, Galway is situated at the heart of Ireland’s creative and cultural sector.

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Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate. 

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

Sept 2018

A Level Grades (n/a)

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

Sept 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

The denominated BA degree in Film & Digital Media  allows students to combine specialist knowledge of the area with a choice of two other subjects from the general Arts degree in the first year of study, and with one subject from the BA in years two and four.

In the first year, Film & Digital Media makes up one third of the course, and students also choose two other subjects from a choice of 20 subjects on the general Arts degree. In the second year, students study Film & Digital Media, and one other subject carried over from first year. In the third year, the emphasis is on professional and practical experiences, as students undertake internships and other practice-based activities. In the final year, students continue their study of Film & Digital Media and their chosen Arts subject, taking both for their final degree.

The core modules in the programme include:

  • Film theory and history
  • World cinema
  • Digital Design / Creative Media Design and Development
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Creative & Cultural Industries

In addition students will have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as

  • Screenwriting
  • Film Practice
  • Multimedia Development
  • European cinema / early cinema / Irish cinema
  • Digital marketing
  • Human computer interaction

This programme is a blend of theory and practice:

  • Year 1: 4 core modules with a 50% mix of theory and practice.
  • Year 2: 4 core modules with a 50% mix of theory and practice. 2 options can be either theory or practice.
  • Year 4: 1 core module is a project/dissertation, 1 core module theory.  

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course prepares graduates for a career in the broad field of the creative industries, including film and television production, digital content creation, cultural administration, screenwriting and digital marketing. It also offers clear opportunities to pursue further study and research at postgraduate level, including the range of MA programmes at the Huston such as the MA in Film Production & Direction, the MA in Digital Media, and the MA in Film Studies: Theory and Practice.

Employing over 6,000 people nationwide, and generating an estimated €550 million annually, the creative industries are central to Ireland’s economic and cultural achievements on the global stage. At the heart of the industry’s success lie the creative talents of the individuals working within it. This exciting degree offers students a unique combination of theory and practice across the areas of film and digital media and positions them to become the next generation of content creators.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Year 3 of the programme offers students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge within real-world settings, including internships with media and arts organisations and supervised research and creative projects.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,850 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

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