Introduction to Film, Television and Digital Media at City Colleges

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Introduction to Film, Television and Digital Media at City Colleges is a new diploma course with two major strands; critical theory and applied practice.

Through this blended approach students will explore the core fundamentals of film (writing, producing, directing, cinematography, montage, sound) and then integrate these elements with a practical, hands-on approach – working with equipment from basic setups, to cinematic packages.

Lectures and practical exercises all combine to offer a diverse and engaging program that aims to challenge students to think critically about their discipline of interest.

Course structure is designed to develop each student’s creative portfolio, providing an excellent foundation and next step into the film, television and digital media industry.

This course is offered one evening a week in City Colleges’ Dublin City Centre location.

Introduction to Film, Television and Digital Media at City Colleges

1. Provide students with an intellectual, critical and practical foundation in
regard to the core fundamentals of film, television and digital media.
2. Develop each student’s knowledge and understanding of applied
practice within an industry setting.
3. Each student will learn how to creatively express themselves through
immersive and dynamic course participation.
4. Develop each student’s creative portfolio and become a motivated and
skilled screen professional.
5. Creates an excellent foundation for each student’s next step within the
film, television and digital media industry


Course Modules

  • How does film, television and digital media affect its audience?
    Introduction to the core fundamentals.
  • Screenplay; Understanding genre, character and story – ‘Three uses of
    the knife’.
  • Producing; Introduction to Pre-Production, Production and
    Post-Production workflows.
  • Visual Communication; Lighting, tone, composition, focal length, angles,
    colour and movement.
  • Sound; Introduction to the concept of psychogeography and the dark
    art of foley.
  • Understanding Montage; Thesis, antithesis and synthesis with scene
    analyzing (Live editing).
  • Explore Documentary – Interview techniques, aesthetic and setups;
    Convey emotions without distorting reality.
  • Practical Workshop; Lights, camera and sound. Film, television & media
  • Research; Pursuing and developing your vision; from script to screen.
  • Avant-garde; Film as Art, music videos and abstract forms.
  • Longevity within TV series; Developing scripts & characters over multiple

Offering students superb tuition, innovative and flexible study modes, the best and most up-to-date study materials, and a relentless commitment to personal attention, City Colleges represent a completely novel approach to third-level professional education and examination preparation.

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Steven Galvin

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