BA Degree in Film and Television Production


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Program Description

The BA Degree in Film and Television Production – delivered in conjunction with Griffith College – is a rigorous, three-year programme aimed at developing core technical and production skills alongside an aesthetic and historical appreciation of the development of the film and television industries.

This programme equips students with key skills in writing, directing, cinematography, editing and completing projects for inclusion in an industry-standard showreel. The final year of the programme offers students a selection of electives allowing for specialisation in areas such as visual effects, post-production sound, screenwriting and cinematography.

This programme is aimed at learners who have already begun to experiment with film making and visual storytelling in some capacity. Applicants will have a passion and curiosity for film and television, and the means by which it is produced. This will be supported by a proven interest in film making.

Taught by tutors drawn predominantly from the professional industry, this programme is committed to fostering creativity alongside the practical skills essential to the contemporary film and television arena.


Using the industry standard software and studio equipment available at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, you will work with our professional lecturing staff and industry guest speakers to develop a combination of practical skills, underpinned by theoretical lectures and tutorials. Programme modules and content will evolve to reflect educational developments

Year 1

  • Applications Technology
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Digital Photography
  • Film History
  • Film and Televisual Culture I
  • Location Sound
  • Online Screen Media
  • Production & Direction for Film and Television
  • Screenwriting

Year 2

  • Advanced Audio and Postproduction Sound
  • Applied Digital Cinematography
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Contemporary Film and Television
  • Digital Editing for Film and Television
  • Film & Televisual Culture II
  • Industry Skills & Professional Practice
  • Production and Direction for Film and Television II
  • Television Studio Principles
  • VFX for Film & Television

Year 3

  • Advanced VFX
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Independent Project
  • Marketing, Distribution & Exhibition
  • Major Project
  • Research Methods
  • Electives
  • Advanced Cinematography
  • Advanced Digital Editing
  • Advanced Postproduction Sound
  • Image Mastering and Grading
  • Screenwriting for Features and Television


The skills gained through this course will allow you to move into a variety of careers within the creative industries, as well as to progress to further study. At the end of the programme, you will have built up an extensive portfolio demonstrating expert technical, artistic and professional abilities, giving you the cutting edge needed to gain employment in this exciting and varied industry.

Academic Progression

In line with national policy, graduates from the level 7 programme would be eligible to progress to programmes at level 8. Graduates may also wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.

Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be in a position to progress into the following areas of film, television and documentary production: directing, editing, cinematography, research, sound design, location sound, screenwriting, VFX, production design and producing.

Former graduates of the Pulse College Diploma in Film have gone on to: found their own production companies, win international awards (including the Canadian International Film Festival) for short film, to teach film, to work in documentary (TV3), in sound (RTE, Windmill Lane Studios), to produce music videos and work with corporate clients (such as Culture Night), to work in postproduction (Windmill Lane Pictures) and production companies (such as Brown Bag animation). Former graduates of the Griffith College Diploma in Media Techniques have gone on to work in RTE, TV3 and TG4 as camera operators, researchers, location directors and editors, and to win national and international awards including multiple National Student Media Awards and a documentary IFTA award.


The BA Degree in Film Production Programme is delivered in partnership with Griffith College. Upon application for this programme, your application will be sent to Griffith College’s Admissions Office who will be in contact with you directly.

Mature applicants, over 23 years on 1st January the year of the course, and International applicants are advised to apply directly through the College website and will be asked for a detailed CV. Applications should be made before the 31st August the year of the course.

Please see specific information on the course requirements below:

Irish Citizen Under 23 Years of Age

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st January, the year of the course, must apply through the CAO system. Applicants should consult the CAO website for application dates. BA in Film and Television Production CAO Code: GC466Entry onto our programme is based upon a course interview and achieving a minimum of:

5x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject)

  • To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Maths
  • To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Language subject


FETAC Level 6 / HETAC Level 7 in Film/Media or similar


3x GCSE A-Level / NVQ Level 3 in Film/Media or similar

Irish Mature Student over 23 Years of Age

Students over the age of 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of the course is classified as a Mature Student.

Mature applicants are advised to apply directly through the college website. Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview. Applicants will be asked for a detailed CV. Applications should be made before the 31st August the year of the course.

International Student Living Abroad or in Ireland

International Student Applicants are advised to apply directly through the college website and will be asked for a detailed CV. International Students below the age of 23 years of age will be required to submit High School Diploma Scripts and any additional Education Certifications.

For applications whose first language is not English you will be asked for an original or certified true copy of one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper-based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
  • Computer-based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
  • Internet-based 90 with a written score of 21.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
  • Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
  • IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6.

Note: Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies. While the College does not offer an English language preparatory course, you will find this information from the Department of Education and Science’s official listing of recognised language schools.

General Course Requirements

  • A proven interest in film and television production, and an interest in related creative media arts
  • Basic knowledge of computers (either Mac or PC) and video/audio software will be helpful, but not essential before starting the course

Note: Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience will also be considered.


Total Course Fee Per Year

  • €8,007 per year (3 years duration)*
  • [2% PFL Charge included in Total Fee Per Year]

International Student Fee Per Year

  • EU Student Living Abroad: €8,160 per year (3 years duration)*
  • Non-EU Student Living in Ireland OR Non-EU Student Living Abroad. Please see here for further information 

2% PFL Charge included in all of the total course fees above. This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure the protection of enrolled learners.

*Please note that a Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Established in 1990, Pulse College provides the highest standards of professional training courses in audio, music, film, gaming and animation. With courses designed and delivered by experienced worki ... Read More

Established in 1990, Pulse College provides the highest standards of professional training courses in audio, music, film, gaming and animation. With courses designed and delivered by experienced working professionals, Pulse is at the forefront of professional industry training courses. The college is recognised internationally for its world-class facilities, the standard of its training programmes, and quality of its graduates. Read less
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