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Only enter the Defence Forces if you are willing to commit to it 100% as it is a long tough road which can be extremely rewarding if you fully engage it. Like everything in this life, you get out what you put in.

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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 QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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This programme is offered in conjuction with University of Limerick.  

Students take four subjects from the following:English, French Studies, Gaeilge, Geography, German Studies, History, Léann Dúchais / Irish Heritage Studies (1st Year Only), Mathematics, Media and Communication Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology & Religious Studies.

Three of the four subjects chosen in 1st year must be offered by MIC. 

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Bachelor of Arts (MI002) at MIC
Gain the skills for today's economy with MIC's Bachelor of Arts
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MI002 - Arts
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MI002 - Arts
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Old Code New Code Award Title
EMPXX. Media Production
ERPXX. 5M4511 Radio Production
EPJXX. 5M2464 Journalism
ETFPX. 5M5158 Film and Television Production
. 5M18519 Film and Television Production
EMPRO. Media Production
. 6M5130 Media Production
. 6M18534 Film and Television Production

Essential Module Requirements:
EMPXX - Media Production; ERPXX - Radio Production; 5M4511 - Radio Production; EPJXX - Print Journalism; 5M2464 - Journalism; ETFPX - TV & Film Production, 5M5158, 5M18519 - Must possess distinctions in 4 modules in the QQI/FETAC level 5/6 qualification. The four distinctions must be gained from the following list:
E20008 - Media Analysis or 5N1298 - Media Analysis
E20137 - Radio Programme Production or 5N1379 - Radio Programme Production
E20123 - Music Industry Studies or 5N1458 - Music Industry Studies
E20149 - TV & Video Production or 5N0637
E20136 - Sound Engineering and Production or 5N1900 - Sound Engineering and Production or 5N1590 - Cinematography Camera Operations
E20131 or 5N1292 - Image Processing or E20003 - Desktop Publishing or 5N0785 - Desktop Publishing
E20151 - Editing for TV & Film or 5N0540 - Television and Film Editing
E20013 - Print Journalism or 5N2152 - Print Journalism or E20078 - Writing Skills for Journalism or 5N2435 - Writing Skills for Journalism
B20132 - Legal Studies or 5N1394 - Legal Practice and Procedures or N32751 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Media or 5N1837 - Political Studies
E20077 - Technical Skills for Journalism or 5N2463 - Technical Skills for Journalism or E20076 - Research Skills for Journalism or 5N2443 - Research Skills for Journalism

EMPRO - Media Production; 6M5130 - Media Production; 6M18534 - Film and Television Production
- Any three distinctions from the following:
N32750 - Media Industry Awareness or 6N5505 - Media Industry Awareness
N32751 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Media or 6N5453 - Media Ethics and Legal Framework
N32754 - Radio Techniques or 6N5455 - Radio Techniques or 6N18514 - Documentary Production
N32755 - Radio News Broadcasting or 6N5454 - Radio News Broadcasting or 6N18515 - Directing Film
N32863 - Studio and Location Sound Production or 6N4981 - Studio and Location Sound Production
N32949 - Radio Documentary Production or 6N5433 - Radio Documentary Production or 6N18517 - Scriptwriting for Film and Television or 6N5427 - Editing Practice and Techniques
N32969 - Broadcasting Presentation Skills or 6N5425 - Broadcasting Presentation Skills or 6N18516 - Film and Television Camera and Lighting
N33014 - Digital Audio Processing

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Liberal Arts Graduates are very much in demand for a large variety of careers. This is because their degree programmes offer a broad general education which develops the intellect and trains the mind. Career opportunities include:

Academic Administration; Overseas Aid Work; Arts Bodies and Heritage Centres; Psychology; Civil Service; Public Service; Film Industry; Publishing; Financial Services; Social Services and Voluntary Organisations; International and EU Organisations; Teaching; Journalism; Tourism; Linquistic and Translation Work; Urban Planning; Marketing and Public Relations.

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