Bachelor of Arts (Cumarsáid)

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

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Course overview

This programme, run over four years through the medium of Irish, gives you the opportunity to study an integrated and dynamic communications course. The course is designed to prepare you for the digital media world while also helping you reach a high standard of fluency and competency in the Irish language.

It offers hands-on learning in television and radio production, and in journalism and multimedia. This particular knowledge is underpinned by a solid, theoretical foundation that will help you understand and interpret developments in the information and communications age.

The course will be run at NUI Galway's campus in An Cheathrú Rua, in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of Grade C3 (higher level) in Irish and another subject and a minimum of Grade D3 in another four subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including English and another language.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate - HC3 sa Ghaeilge
For A-Levels - Grade C in A-Level Irish

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 360

A Level Grades (2014): BBB or equivalent combination

Average intake: 20

Course outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Scileanna Craoltóireachta (Broadcasting Skills)
  • Teicneolaíochta na Físe (Digital Filmmaking)
  • Gnéithe den Iriseoireacht (Aspects of Journalism)
  • Scileanna Feidhmeacha Ríomhaireachta (Applied Computing Skills)
  • Ceart na Gaeilge I (Language Accuracy Skills I)
  • Gaeilge Feidhmeach I (Applied Irish I)
  • Scéalaíocht don Scáileán (Writing for the Screen)
  • Teoiric na Fuaime (Audio Theory)
  • Córais Ríomhaireachta na Meán (Digital Media Systems)
  • Dlí, Eiticí agus an Córas Poiblí (Law, Ethics and the Public Administration)
  • An Ghaeilge don Scáileán (Irish for the Screen)
  • Ceart na Gaeilge II (Language Accuracy II)

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Scileanna Léiriúcháin Raidió (Radio Production Skills)
  • Léiriú na Físe (Film Production)
  • An tIdirlíon (The Internet)
  • An Fhoghlaim sa Phobal (Learning in the Community)
  • Staidéar na Meán (Media Studies)
  • Ceart na Gaeilge III (Perfecting Irish III)
  • Na Meáin Chraolta (The Broadcast Media)
  • Iriseoireacht Chraolta (Broadcast Journalism)
  • Inniúlachtaí Gairme (Professional Cpmpetencies)
  • An Gné-Alt (The Feature Article)
  • Gaeilge Fheidhmeach II (Applied Irish II)
  • Ceart na Gaeilge IV (Language Accuracy Skills IV)

Course Outline - Year 3

  • Bliain ag Staidéar Thar Lear (Year Studying Abroad) or Socrúchán Oibre (Internship) or Foghlaim Phobalbhunaithe (Community-based Learning)

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Ceart na Gaeilge V (Language Accuracy Skills V)
  • Scileanna Taighde (Research Skills)
  • Iriseoireacht Fheidhmeach (Applied Journalism)
  • Craoltóireacht Bheo (Live Radio Broadcasting)
  • Coincheapa na Físe (Audiovisual Concepts)
  • An Nuatheicneolaíocht Fheidhmeach (Applied New Technology)
  • Ceart na Gaeilge VI (Language Accuracy Skills VI)
  • Geilleagar na Meán (Media Economics)
  • An Tionscadal Cumarsáide (The Communications Project)
  • Miontráchtas (Minor Dissertation)
  • An Fhoghlaim sa Phobal (Learning in the Community)

Further education

At the end of the programme, students will have various opportunities to do postgraduate degrees at NUI Galway, including an MA (Cumarsaid) (GYA93 on, or in other third-level institutions in Ireland or abroad.

Find out more

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees 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.

Current Students

Sláine Hutchinson

BA (Cumarsáid)

"...Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge is a brilliant place to develop and learn through the medium of Irish in the heart of Irish Language broadcasting in an Cheathrú Rua. We are like a small family helping and talking to each other. The lecturers are always available to advise us, and students mix well and support each other. Acadamh students have an excellent opportunity to learn because TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta are nearby. There is always a lovely atmosphere in an tAcadamh and I think that it is very important in college life..."