Entry Points (2018)

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 2019

A Level Grades (2018)


Average intake


Closing Date

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Mode of study

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Course code

Course Outline

• Introduction to Film Studies
• Beyond Hollywood Film
• Digital Design
• Introduction to Filmmaking

• Non-Fiction Film
• Digital Storytelling
• Creative Media Design and Development
• Creative Entrepreneurship
• Realism and European Cinema
• Screenwriting 1
• Film Practice 1
• Multimedia Development

• Work Placement/Service Learning/CreativeProject/Placement Abroad

• Creative Project/Minor Dissertation
• Creative and Cultural Industries
• Early and Silent Cinema
• Irish Cinema
• Introduction to Visual Culture
• Research and Writing Film Studies
• Transnational Cinemas
• Screenwriting 2
• Film Practice 2
• Creative Computing
• Human Computer Interaction
• Artificial Intelligence
• E-Business Marketing

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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