27 November 2021 The Irish Film & Television Network
29 Apr 2011 :
IFTN’s guide for students and professionals on the top colleges in the country to acquire the practical skills necessary for a successful career in film and TV

As the calibre of awards recipients at this year’s IFTAs demonstrated, the Irish film and TV industry –while still relatively young and small in scope compared to our international counterparts – is more than capable of punching above its weight on the world stage.

The proliferation of talented graduates in film and TV who emerge from the country’s top colleges each year attest to the growth of an industry that now commands serious international attention.

In the past year alone, Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ won global acclaim for its characters’ devastating reaction to tragedy; Gerard Barrett’s ‘Pilgrim Hill’ moved worldwide audiences to tears with the plight of its lonely Irish farmer; Morgan O’Sullivan invaded Ashford Studios with axe-wielding Vikings; and Love/Hate kept its legions of fans on the edge of their seats with its gripping storylines and plot twists. The appetite for high quality content has never been greater and Irish graduates are rising to this challenge.

A myriad of courses available in Ireland in directing, editing, animation, model-building, make up and design – to barely scratch the surface - present prospective students with a dizzying array of options. What course to choose and where to begin?

As the gateway to the Irish film and TV industry, IFTN provides a comprehensive guide to the colleges and institutions that consistently nurture untapped potential into proven talent.

IADT, Dun Laoghaire
"We’re the only Irish full members of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools"

Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director.

25 nominations at the IFTA awards in 2013.

The National Film School will have the second HD studio in the Republic after TV3.

Largest suite of film courses in the country and only one to offer BA in Model Making, Design and Special Effects.

Famous graduates include Aisling Walsh, Kirsten Sheridan, Ciarán Donnelly, Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell and Robbie Ryan.

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Pulse College, Dublin
"Courses are taught by industry professionals who have worked with Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, 50 Cent and on TV productions such as Game of Thrones"

Ian Brady, Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

Ireland’s only games incubation space based in the IFSC in partnership with Games Ireland.

State of the art recording studio at Windmill Lane with HDX capabilities.

Alumni have worked with U2, Lego Games and Brown Bag media.

Offers short courses and diplomas up to FETAC Level 6 and 8.

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UCC, Film Studies
"For anybody who is passionate about the study and analysis of film, and interested in the area of screen media, more broadly"

Dr Barry Monahan, PhD.

New BA in Film and Screen Media offers three year undergraduate degree.

Modules include general Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Film Editing.

Offers a distinctive blend of theoretical and practical courses, where the two fields are complementary.

Practical components will be delivered by expert film practitioners.

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DIT, School of Media
"Seeing your ideas develop from concept to screen… is one of the best things about the course"

Niamh Linnie, 2006 graduate.

Four year honours BA degree in Film & Broadcasting – with/without language.

Students work across media formats such as photography, video, radio, television, and digital media.

Post-production editing facilities include five AVID Media Composer systems and 11 Final Cut Pro HD / DVD Studio workstations.

TV studio, complete with three pedestal cameras, portable green screen, and a programmable lighting grid.

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Gaiety School of Acting - The National Theatre School of Ireland
"We boast a graduate success rate second to none and we are very proud of the fact that we are the oldest, brightest, best, most successful drama school in the country"

Avril Crotty, Gaiety School.

High quality training for children, young people, adults, advanced actors and actors-in-training since 1986.

Beginner & evening part-time courses; and 1 Year Part-Time and 2 Year Full Time Actor Intensive Training Programmes.

Alumni include IFTA winning actress Charlie Murphy, 'The Hobbit' actor Aidan Turner, Deirdre O'Kane & Clare Monnelly from 'Moone Boy', PJ Gallagher, Colin Farrell and Olivia Wilde.

Top quality tutors who are notable writers, actors and directors in their own right.

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Bray Institute of Further Education
"Our focus is primarily on practical skills. We work in all practical facets of production and post-production"

Noel Mac Aoidh, Course Manager, BIFE.

One and two years courses offered with practical hands-on experience.

Students trained in camera operation, sound and lighting equipment, Avid and Final Cut Pro; 3D and effects software.

Past pupils in all the main production facilities in Ireland, including RTE, TV3, TG4, Windmill Lane, Pi Communications, The Yard and Screen Scene.

Two alumni IFTA-nominated for ‘O Tholg go Tolg’ for TG4.

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Dundalk Institute of Technology
"Students' films have been screened at the Galway Film Fleadh & Belfast Film Festival amongst others"

Sarah McCann, Head of Creative Media.

BA offers training in all aspects of film and television production including camera, sound, lighting, editing & multi-cam TV studio shooting.

Newly renovated PJ Carroll’s building on campus with full HD TV Studio.

Creative Media masterclasses are held up to 6 times each semester.

Students are trained on key software packages including Pro-Tools, Avid Media Composer, After Effects, Photoshop and Final Draft, amongst many more.

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FÁS Media Training Centre - Tralee
"Most of the applicants come from the third level sector and all have the same need for practical skills training. They get this in Tralee because of our lower student/equipment ratio"

Paul Dolan, FÁS Trainer.

Training is entirely practical and project-based.

Work done on real client-based projects such as charities and NGOs.

State of the art equipment including RED cameras and full three camera studio.

Training allowance if you are in receipt of jobseekers allowance.

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Institute of Technology, Tralee
"Our most successful students generally engage in extra-curricular productions either outside of the college or through the various societies (most often the radio soc and the TV/Video soc)"

Phillip Doyle, Lecturer at IT, Tralee.

Offer TV and video production, radio production and also web-based media skills.

External partnerships locally, nationally and internationally with organisations such as FÁS, Radio Kerry and TAMK institute (Finland).

Students in 4th year form groups of 3 - 4 people for the production of their major final year projects.

Programmes include TV/Radio and New Media Broadcasting; Interactive Multimedia; and Music Technology.

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Applied Art of Acting, Dublin
"Professional actors looking to train effectively over a shorter and more cost-effective course are the most suited to this program. The course also suits passionate amateurs whose work is of a very high standard. Total commitment and drive is a must"

David Scott Actor/Writer/ Director/Tutor.

Offers a comprehensive acting technique designed by David Scott that utilises the systems of Stanislavski, Meisner and Adler.

Covers both theatrical and screen actor training with physical, vocal and spatial awareness training also important elements.

A three-month, highly intensive, full-time training facility.

Small groups consist of 16 students maximum, with their work filmed for show-reel purposes.

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