As a Creative Media student at TU Dublin Tallaght, you’ll be thinking, designing and creating from your first days in the door.  The course attracts ambitious, talented people who want a practical, hands-on education that prepares them for careers in the media and cultural sectors.   An exciting range of practice-based modules allows students to specialize as they move through the programme.  You’ll also be studying and discussing the role of the media in society keeping an eye to emerging 21st century social and technological trends.

Our practical modules and specialist workshops are in the areas of digital content creation across video, multimedia, photography, radio and sound production.  You’ll cover all these subjects in the first two years and as you develop your understanding of the technologies, their storytelling potential and your industry interests, you get to choose which path you want to follow.  Project work throughout the programme includes the production of short dramas, documentaries and music videos, as well as 2D and 3D animations, website design and photographic portfolios.  Frequently you’ll be working for real world clients so the expectations are high, the deadlines are real and the experience is intense! Check out a trailer for the year 4 film and video projects here.

Our programme takes limited numbers to ensure each student has access to equipment and one-on-one tutoring throughout the four years.  Our graduates have gone on to work throughout regional, national and international media and cultural industries including RTE, TV3, BBC, TG4, Google, Facebook, Windmill Lane and the Gallery of Photography.  Our past students have worked on major productions such as Room, Game of Thrones, Rebellion, Vikings, Ripper Street, 28 Days Later and many more.  Graduates have gone on to complete postgraduate studies in related disciplines such as Documentary Photography, Journalism, Interactive Digital Media and Art in the Digital World. Check out some of our graduates below.

I can not speak highly enough about my time in IT Tallaght. I studied Creative Digital Media for four years and it was the perfect mix of practice and theory. We were given the opportunity to express ourselves creatively through various projects in Interactive Design, Multimedia, Video and Professional Photography. We also studied many theory subjects including marketing, digital marketing, film studies, cultural studies and enterprise development. Before I went to ITT I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and it was perfect because the course allowed you to explore loads of different options. From directing your own film, designing your own website, creating your own CGI effects project, curating your own photography exhibition to pitching mock presentations for clients, it has all been one exciting journey of self exploration.

I am currently working for Google Dublin as an Associate Account Strategist. I provide small and medium businesses with a digital marketing strategy to help improve their return on investments. CDM has got me to where I am today. ITT encourages you to think outside the box and that is something that you can carry forward into the future and apply it to any type of business model or company you decide to work for.

You can find out further details on the college site:  You can also see Aishling interviewed in the video on the Degree Show page and her work ‘Disturbance’ appears on the Design and Multimedia page.

It was only when I went out in to the workforce that I really felt the benefit of the broad set of skills I had learned as part of CDM. Having trained in video shooting, editing, audio recording and editing, along with a whole host of other skillsets, it meant that I could confidently walk into a job interview knowing that I had the experience and the know how to make me a highly versatile candidate for any potential employer.  Since I’ve left college, it’s still something that stands to me to this day, and my broad range of skills is something a number of people in my job have commented on very positively.

I now work for RTÉ Radio doing a whole host of different things. Day to day I work as a Studio Co-Ordinator for our digital Alternative Music Station RTÉ 2XM. My job entails things like evaluating and selecting music for our playlists, coordinating content from producers in Ireland and around the world to ensure it’s delivered on time and loaded in to our systems in time for broadcast, and in general ensuring that our station remains on air.

As part of my work in RTÉ Radio I also work closely with RTÉ 2FM on air. I’m a regular contributor to The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, and I also work as a standby/cover presenter throughout the year. CDM was very helpful in getting me to this point in my career in that it gave me a really great array of practical skills. Having such a broad practical skillset has given me a great advantage over other in what is a very competitive workplace. There have been a number of occasions over the past 4 years when I’ve been sent on weekends away with work and been able to do what traditionally would have been the work of 3 people. This versatility is highly practical for many employers. I have also maintained contact with some former lecturers who have always been very obliging to offer support and advice on anything I might come to them with. I also feel it’s important to mention the experience and skills I learned as part of the IT Tallaght Radio Society. Both on air and off air on ITT FM, I learned invaluable lessons that are still a big part of what I do today.

I am currently an Assistant Director in the Film and Television Industry. I’ve worked on a variety of productions filmed in Ireland; from commercials for “O2” and “Cadbury’s” to feature films like the award winning “Brooklyn” and high budget TV shows like “Penny Dreadful” and “Vikings”. I’m currently working on Season 5 of Vikings as an Assistant Extras Co-Ordinator, I’ve been on the show from Season 1. “Vikings” is entirely filmed at Ashford Studios and around the beautiful surrounding landscapes in county Wicklow. I was also the Extras Co-Ordinator on the upcoming Jim Sheridan’s Feature; “The Secret Scripture” based on the book by Sebastian Barry’s Novel of the same name.
I have nothing but fond memories from my four years of the Bachelor of Arts Honours in Creative Digital Media, to study so many areas of the media, film and television industry was invaluable. The fact that a lot of your college projects integrate the knowledge and skills you gain from a variety of different classes that you study over the years is very helpful.

Lecturers are highly knowledgably in their respective fields, they are very easy to approach, they have that perfect balance of being helpful towards your assignments but also giving you the freedom to let your own creativity shine. For anyone who is not a 100% sure in what field they wish to get into within the media industry the CDM Degree course is the ideal choice.