Creative Digital Media - Lens Based Media

The Master of Arts in Lens Based Media is a unique one-year masters programme in which students explore contemporary approaches to the production of moving and still imagery. Students will be immersed in an environment in which they discover and engage with lens-based practices and ideas from a range of disciplines including film, photography, digital media, fine art, critical theory, cultural studies and philosophy. A key emphasis is on the use of practice-based research which guides the development of a distinctive voice and also facilitates the production of a significant portfolio of work over the course of the year. The MA is designed to accommodate various forms of lens-based practices and examples of the sorts of work that students may produce to satisfy assessment requirements includes, but is not limited to: short films, photography projects, moving image installations, documentaries and experimental video pieces.

The MA in Lens Based Media is delivered by lecturers and researchers at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus whose expertise ranges across fine art, creative practice, film-making, photography and imaging technology. Drawing from this experience from across lens-based disciplines students can access a range of expertise in order to build technical, creative and critical skills, and professional practice. The team includes a number of award-winning artists and film-makers and currently comprises Ian Cudmore, Sinead Curran, Siobhan Enright, Hugh McCabe, Dr. Katherine Nolan and Hugh Rodgers.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the Master of Arts in Creative Digital Media (Lens Based Media) is a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.50 or equivalent) in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Digital Media, Fine Art Photography, Film or related discipline. Applicants who have an honours primary degree in a non-related discipline will be considered if their prior experience is considered an adequate background to prepare them for the programme. These applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis to assess their suitability and motivation for the programme. In the event of a student not attaining this standard level, students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by the QQI.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Capturing Time
Concepts Of Light
Composing The Image

Semester 2
Documentary Practices
Creative Fictions
Future Image Technologies

Semester 3
Research Project


1 year full-time

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Graduates will be equipped to go on to work successfully across fine art, media, advertising, film industries and academia.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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