BA [Hons] Television
The National Film School prepares learners for the demanding and multi-disciplinary world of modern television content creation. ‘Television’ is taken to mean the audio-visual content that we consume everywhere: from traditional linear TV to online content, multi-platform content, and advanced forms of image capture and manipulation. How audiences consume, shape and interact with television has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, and continues to do so, yet the core screen skills of good storytelling remain. Documentary and factual storytelling are key planks of our BA (Hons) Television. The NFS has taught film and television for over 30 years, and what distinguishes this programme from others is the focus on a synthesis between all media and a professional learning environment modelled on simulated real-world experiences.
There is significant crossover between the BA (Hons) Film and BA (Hons) Television, with 60% of modules shared in full or in part. Terms 1-3 are fully shared; Terms 4 & 5 are separate; and Terms 6-8 are 60% integrated. However, the Television programme is concerned with the world around us and telling other people’s stories, and by comparison with Film, students gain a broad technical and multi-platform media education.
Work industry placement takes place formally in Year 3 and informally throughout the four years. Opportunities to study abroad exist through Erasmus Programme partnerships with world-class film schools and study trips. These are possible in Year 2 and Year 3 for one semester or a full year.
What will I do?
- Learn practical production skills in single and multi-camera television and mixed media content creation.
- Gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art studios from lecturers who are active in the industry.
- Get a thorough practical and theoretical understanding of the modern media landscape.
- First year is a common year with the BA (Hons) Film. Second year becomes more distinct, and from third year students will have an opportunity to specialise in particular discipline areas including: production/direction, camera and sound, or post production.
- Gain an industry-standard level of single camera factual television, documentary, and multi camera environments.
- Learn all modern online and traditional distribution modes.
- Learn to be socially conscious and curious about the world and issues that affect people.
- Good storytelling is at the core of this programme, but students learn multiple forms of storytelling, multiple media, and the different techniques required by modern content creators.
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
The programme is distinguished from others in this area by its focus on a synthesis between all media and a professional learning environment modelled on simulated real-world experiences, and professional pathways exist in the audio-visual, web and screen industries. Graduate employment opportunities exist in many areas, including: television, online content providers, the broadcast media, advertisement agencies, production facilities, company in house production facilities, state and civil society bodies, and any group involved in the creation and distribution of audio-visual content. Clear pathways exist for taught and by research postgraduate programmes in film and screen arts e.g. MA in Screenwriting, MA in Creative Production + Screen Finance, Viewfinder international Joint MA in Cinematography and KinoEyes international Joint MA in Filmmaking.
What modules will I study?
Transitional Studies Silent Cinema Screen Skills 1 – Location Telling Stories Hollywood Cinema & History of Television Practical Masterclass Screen Skills 2 – Studio Personal Project.
Visual Culture – Exploring Visual and Material Culture Documentary Development & Production Television as Politics Society and Media FACT Elective Studio Broadcasting and Audience Television Production.
Comparative Politics and Society Design Research Proposal Television Drama New Ways of Seeing Thesis Research and Preparation Business & Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice Professional Practice and Placement. Work industry placement takes places as part of the Professional Practice and Placement module.
Minor Project – Thesis – Major Project.
Cost for materials and/or field trips
Allow approximately €750-€1000 per year (for production-related costs, equipment and software purchases, field trips, etc.) We advise you to budget for costs associated with the graduate project / exhibition in your final year.