Media Practice at IT Tallaght

Whatever the medium used, the underlying idea and imaginative treatment of practice is what is most important. Creatively challenging and academically rewarding, this programme delivers an exciting range of media–related modules. It strikes the perfect balance between media practice and theory, recognizing the important links between media productions and the concepts which drive them. For example, with Script Writing you’re guaranteed to improve your script writing skills. A career in script writing might not be what you have in mind, but an understanding of the script writing process is a useful skill to have. The class helps with our other subjects as it promotes creative thinking and any ideas and skills learned can be used in practice. We cover a range of different genres and platforms from short drama, documentary and animation to radio and digital storytelling.

Practical modules and specialist workshops encompass Digital Video, Interactive Multimedia, Photography, and Radio Production. Project work by students in these areas includes the production of short dramas, documentaries and music videos, as well as 2D and 3D animations, website design and photographic portfolios. Students on the programme have access to fully equipped professional studios, edit suites, digital production labs, cameras and recording kits. This aspect of the course is complemented and informed by theory and business modules. Subjects studied include Screen Studies, Media Politics, Media Law and Culture & Technology. Here, students are encouraged to critically examine how the media is influenced by and impacts on the world around us.

Added features of the course are the student radio station ITTFM, the annual Degree Show exhibition and the Erasmus European exchange programme. Student work has been screened throughout the country on many occasions, for example at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Darklight Festival and the Mid Ulster Film Festival. Most recently some of our students were winners in the short film category of the Oxygen National Student Media Awards. The course itself has been also nominated in the third level section of the prestigious Digital Media Awards.