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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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TA022
Creative Digital Media

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This four year Creative Digital Media programme is primarily designed to provide you with the intellectual resources necessary to meet the needs of a rapidly changing media workplace. 

Practical modules and specialist workshops encompass Digital Video, Interactive Multimedia, Photography, and Radio Production. Project work by students in these areas includes the production of short dramas, documentaries and music videos, as well as 2D and 3D animations, website design and photographic portfolios.

Added features of the course are the student radio station ITTFM, the annual Degree Show exhibition and the Erasmus European exchange programme

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
EMPXX    Media Production
  5M0528  Media Production
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ECAXX    Community Arts
ECMXX    Creative Media
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions - one of which must be G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications"

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Graduates have gone on to work throughout regional, national and international media and cultural industries, including RTE, Windmill Lane, TG4, Newstalk 106, British Eurosport and The Gallery of Photography.

Many graduates have gone on to complete postgraduate studies in related disciplines as diverse as globalisation, documentary photography, journalism and advertising.

Some students chose to work in media for independent or public media companies or for advertising agencies as directors, script-writers, cameramen, photo-journalists, print journalists, technicians or multimedia specialists. 

Others work in Public Relations or act as Trainers.  Some students successfully produce their own films. Some go abroad to the US to work in local media.



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