MA in Journalism and Digital Content Creation
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Application Closing Date:
30th October 2019
This is a full-time programme which can be studied part-time, over two years.
Entry requirements for this course will be in accordance with standard Institute admissions procedures. Entrants will be expected to hold minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.
Admission to the course is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview.
Journalism and content creation, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a postgraduate level.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability for the programme. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be applicable for candidates entering from the workplace or applying for admission from other institutes.
The course is a well-rounded, professional programme that prepares graduates for positions in the media. The programme blends journalistic tools and techniques with content creation using new technologies and digital media to prepare students for the new media workplace. The programme has a strong connection with the media industry. Graduates of this programme are well equipped with the requirements to operate as today’s digital journalists and content creators.
This is a full-time programme which can be studied part-time. Part-time students take modules on a phased basis and achieve the programme qualification over a number of academic years.
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This programme will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students
EU Applicants: €5,000
Non EU Applicants - please click here for course fee information
Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.
The course is accredited by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
ECTS Credits: 90
Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
The overall aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can demonstrate essential skills in the fast-moving environment that is modern Journalism. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them to function as professionals with a solid grounding in the tools and practices of print, broadcast and online journalism.
Course content focuses strongly on journalistic tools and techniques, particularly within modern Journalism and digital content creation. Graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them to work as professionals in the communications industry with a solid grounding in the tools and practices of journalism and digital content creation.
What skills will I learn?
What do Journalists and Content Creators do nowadays?
Journalism is undergoing big changes. Technology is evolving and so too is the role of the journalist. With these changes come new practices and new ways of working. Journalism graduates from CIT are highly trained in the skills of journalism and digital content creation. As well as its value in the journalism business, students’ ability to write, to tell stories, to shoot video and create audio – i.e. digital content creation and storytelling - is highly valued in areas such as marketing, advertising, public relations and general communications. As well as journalism, our graduates have also found jobs in these areas.
Some interesting facts:
“Facebook ...now averages 8 billion daily video views from 500 million users.”
"64% of Twitter users are following a professional news account."
"News online needs to be clickable, readable and engaging on any size screen the user chooses."
"Producing great digital journalism requires every bit as much focus, talent, enthusiasm, and expertise in the digital medium as it does in print and TV."
Other Noteworthy Elements
Social Media is a vital tool for anyone working in broadcasting. Journalism students from CIT have a real grasp on how to make the best use of it both for research and promotion.
Practical assignments: Since the programme began we have made strong connections with industry, including the Irish Examiner, RTE, RedFM, the Irish Independent and Newstalk. Each year Journalism students invite industry leaders to a media seminar exploring the current trends in media.
Placement and mentoring: There is a Mentorship Programme in semester 3 of the masters. Each student will work with a mentor who is highly experienced in the communications industry. This can also involve short placements in media organisations.
Documentary making: There is a strong emphasis on documentary making in semester 3. An international student documentary showcase in CIT, FilmCraftCork, is an annual event and Journalism students will have the opportunity both to showcase their documentaries at the festival and to be involved in its organisation through the Event Management elective module.
FilmCraftCork is part of a network of student documentary festivals, which are held in the Netherlands, the UK, Portugal, Belgium, South Africa and New York. CIT students can also submit their documentary work to these festivals.
Read some testimonials from graduates and from industry experts here
The full-time programme runs over a twelve-month period, divided into three terms. The taught element runs over a nine-month period, divided into two equal semesters, and is followed by one research-based semester during which students complete their documentary and Mentorship Programme.
All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted. The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to broaden his/her skills set in other disciplines such as Studio Technology, Events Management and Business and Entrepreneurship.
CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams. For detailed module information please click here.
Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation programme is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview process.
- Journalism, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a postgraduate level.
- Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on the programme is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall programme fee. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
All applicants are required to include two written submissions with their application:
- A personal statement of a maximum of 800 words where applicants outline their suitability for the programme
- Applicants should upload ONE WRITTEN ARTICLE of around 500 words, which they have written themselves, on a subject and in a genre of their choice and written for a specific publication. The article may be published or unpublished.
- If the article has been published, say when and in which publication. Otherwise, indicate the outlet for which you think your submission would be best suited.