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Certificate in TV Production (Level 8, 25 Credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Media Communications,Television Production,Audio-visual

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    LEVEL 8 Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    5th October 2019

Admission Requirements:


Admission to the Certificate in TV Production (Level 8) programme is based on a combination
of an online application form and a short interview process.

All candidates are required to have already completed a level 7 degree or equivalent in the
cognate area. Familiarity with digital media and media sharing platforms and services are
necessary, as well TV/video production knowledge, some graphic design and/or sound
production. Alternatively a Level 7 qualification in Journalism.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/advanced entry will be applicable for candidates with
existing prior experiential learning (please visit for more information).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited forward for interview. As part of the interview process they will be asked to present a selection of suitable TV production and or digital media project pieces.

Work Placement

All participants will get work experience in RTE, contributing as well as observing live and pre-recorded programmes. This highly specialised placement programme will allow students to work side by side with production professionals. It provides an invaluable insight into how the industry functions, what roles exist within the sector and how the creative process works.

Course summary

The course is a well-rounded, professional programme that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the television production industry. The programme stresses a balance of academic and practical modules and a work placement module offers the opportunity to get experience within programme production in RTE and in the independent sector.


Media Communications

Timing Details

2 Semesters

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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 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Tuesday 5th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.

Course fee: €2,000 
The course is accredited by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
ECTS Credits: 25

Award: Certificate in Television Production (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

​Delivery: Semester 1 modules are delivered online using state of the art technology. In Semester 2 students are on placement in RTE and the independent production sector. For further information on online delivery and timetabling go to:


Who is this course aimed at?

The Certificate in Television Production is aimed at those wanting to launch a career in TV programme making, as well as those already in the industry wanting to upskill.


What skills will I learn?

Our Certificate in Television Production combines study of the media market, both domestic and international, with specialised training in craft and production. Lectures will introduce students to the current industry environment with in-depth knowledge of media ownership, funding models and programme formats. Students will develop the professional skills required to launch a career within the television production sector: concept development, writing and pitching, raising finance as well as specialised technical training.


What does a television production professional do nowadays?

Television production involves input from many different skilled people. This includes researchers, producers and directors, as well as camera operators, sound recordists and editors. With so many new platforms come many more opportunities for working in the creative media sector. Traditional live and pre-recorded programmes are still in high demand in broadcasting and added to that are new chances to work in the growing area of online delivery of programming.


Will I get any work experience?

All participants will get work experience in RTE, contributing as well as observing live and pre-recorded programmes. This highly specialised placement programme will allow students to work side by side with production professionals. It provides an invaluable insight into how the industry functions, what roles exist within the sector and how the creative process works.


What other opportunities will I have to make contact with industry professionals?

We have made strong connections with the production sector and providing students with the opportunity to meet with industry insiders is a key part of this programme. Each week participants will be introduced to experienced and senior speakers working in production both in Ireland and internationally. An annual seminar organised by students on current and emerging trends within programme production will provide further networking opportunities.


What are the benefits of blended learning?

The programme is delivered in a blended format, combining both online delivery and face-to-face placement activities. Blended learning will offer you the opportunity to study part of the programme within your own schedule and at your own location. Using state of the art communication and education technology, you will have live access to CIT lecturers and a range of international speakers. The work placements in Semester Two will be on-site in an industry setting.


More information:

The programme runs over two semesters. Semester 1: the taught element runs over 13 weeks starting in late October. In Semester 2 which runs from February to May, students will be on placement in RTE and within the independent production sector. 

The course modules are listed below

Please click here for module information.

Module TV Production Careers 5 Credits
This module will build professional practice knowledge to prepare students to fulfill a range of roles in programme production across different platforms. Participants will, through a closely monitored review process, have an opportunity to develop programme ideas and production concepts which will be pitched to industry leaders. Students will also create an online portfolio including branding and social media to a professional media industry standard.

TV Industry Environment 10 Credits
This module will critically explore the current Television industry landscape, its media owners, legislation, trends and evolving funding models. National and international speakers will give students an unparallelled insight into the wider broadcasting milieu in which they will be operating. Students will learn the importance of recognising and tailoring content to target audiences. They will develop a recognition of the practical skills required to create and develop content ideas and production schedules to a media industry standard both as employees and as independent contractors.

TV Industry Placement 10 Credits
This module provides students with valuable experience of both initial on site industry practice as well as specialised training. During the first part of the placement period participants will have the opportunity to observe live studio production, directing and camera operation, pre and post-production workflows including research and programme concept development experience. Industry partners will collaborate in identifying appropriate skillsets that students can develop and in which they will receive hands-on experience.

  • Online application is open for course commencing September 2019.
  • For queries, please contact Annemarie Green by e-mail or Rose McGrath,
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €400 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents including evidence of your possession of a Level 7 degree or similar.

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Annemarie Green, Department of Media Communications

Rose McGrath, Head of Department of Media Communications