Background to the course
The MA in Journalism and Media Communications offers a comprehensive multimedia syllabus designed with input from Irish journalists, academics and media practitioners. This has helped produce a course that is relevant to current and emerging job opportunities, as well as reflecting and adapting to technical, creative, social and market developments.
The programme allows students with an undergraduate degree in a non-journalism or media discipline, to acquire the skills of journalistic writing, production and communication. It integrates critical media understanding with application so that theory is combined with practice.
Students are challenged in real journalistic situations in print, broadcast and online media. The Writing and Reporting module, for example, facilitates learners reporting in both radio and print through its news days and participation in Griff FM, the college radio station. National Union of Journalists recognition of this programme entitles students to apply for a NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.
MA Programme structure
The MA in Journalism and Media Communications is a 90 credit programme. There are eight mandatory modules and students select two electives from a choice of five. Shorthand is offered on the full-time programme as a non-credit elective.
Postgraduate Diploma Programme Structure
The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications is a 60 credit programme which consists of the ten taught modules on the MA. The programme is assessed mainly through continuous assessment with a strong emphasis on the student building up a portfolio of media content along with developing the academic depth needed for an MA. On completion, students possess an extensive array of skills enabling them to secure media based employment.