Journalism for the Digital Age: Pre-University Arts and Media


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Journalism (5M2464)

Course Aims

This programme is designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence for a career in journalism in this digital era. In year 1, all aspects of the industry will be studied including, making contacts, interviewing and the craft of writing. Social media and traditional sources will be used to find and publish news. Learners will attain the know-how to get published in print and online.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Research Skills for Journalism
• Writing Skills for Journalism
• Technical Skills for Journalism
• Media Analysis
• Legal Practice and Procedures
• Political Studies
• Photographic Techniques
• Desktop Publishing
• Communications
• Work Experience

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age at DFEi

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Shceme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies (DL821)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
BA in Creative Digital Media (TA022)
Institute of Technology Tallaght
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
BA in Media Studies (MH109)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Bachelor of Arts (DN500)
University College Dublin
BA in Journalism (DT582)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BA in Media Studies (DC291)
Dublin City University
For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.

Career Paths

Graduates have progressed on to work in the print and digital media as freelance or staffing journalists, writing or editing content. Graduates also work in press offices and as print, design and layout assistants.