Dun Laoghaire Further Education InstitutePodcasting and Presenting for Digital Media – Level 5

Podcasting and Presenting for Digital Media – Level 5

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South Dublin City
1 year
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI

Course description

This is a Full-time one year course, which runs from September to May, 3 days a week.

This new course aims to skill its students in the technical and performance skills required to produce creative and engaging podcasts for streaming and broadcast. Students will learn how to set up their own home studio to produce material and how to critically evaluate content.

Entry Requirements:
One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) – appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.

Course Modules:

  • Media Analysis
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Voice Production for Broadcasting
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Event Production
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Level 5 QQI Award Media Production (5M18518)

Special Features:
This is a very practical course enabling the student to develop a personal portfolio of work; structured and produced to radio, and podcasting streaming industry standards. Students will use a professional Radio Studio, Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, and, Adobe Premiere, practice and techniques.

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

Free Full Suit of Adobe Creative Cloud Software for all students on this course for one year to facilitate assessment work.

Work Experience:
Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information:
Learners will produce a portfolio of materials from their course work in Radio, Voice Production and Digital Movie Processing which may be used for application to the IADT and other Higher Education Institutes.


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Portfolio/Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examinations – Written or Practical
  • Project

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See www.qqi.ie for more details

Progression Opportunities:

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Television and Digital Film or the Sound Engineering/Sound Production Level 6 in DFEi.

Elsewhere:  Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. It is the students’ responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI section of the CAO website. www.cao.ie

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples:

BA Media Studies (DL837) 

BA Film (DL843)

BA Television (DL844)

BA Photography and Visual Media (DL833)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire – www.iadt.ie

BA Arts (DN520)

BA Humanities (DN530)

BSc Social Science (DN700)

BA Psychology (DN720)

BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (DN750)

University College Dublin – www.ucd.ie

BA Arts (CK101)

BA Film and Screen Media (CK105)

BA Government and Political Science (CK122)

University College Cork – www.ucc.ie

BA TV and Media Production (CW547, CW578)

Institute of Technology Carlow – www.itcarlow.ie

BA Arts (MH101)

BA in Media Studies (MH109)

BA Psychology (MH106)

Bachelor of Social Science (MH107)

Maynooth University – www.nuimaynooth.ie

BA Communications Studies (DC131)

BSc Multimedia (DC133)

Dublin City University – www.dcu.ie

BA Creative Digital Media (TU981)

BA Media Production and Digital Arts (TU982)

BA Film and Broadcasting (TU983)

Technological University Dublin (City) – www.tud.ie

BA Creative Media (DK844, DK769)

BA Arts (DK861)

BA Film and Television Production (DK864)

Dundalk Institute of Technology – www.dkit.ie

BA Arts (GY119)

Galway University – www.nuigalway.ie

Career Paths:
In addition to the skills required to set themselves up as independent podcasters, this course provides students with entry-level skills in radio production techniques and is suited to those seeking employment in the commercial and community radio sectors, or for progression to media and communications courses in higher education. The course is also suitable for graduates looking to gain practical podcasting, radio studio and audio production experience.

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