Léann na Cumarsáide is a new subject option offered over three years on the main campus in Galway city. The study of media and communications entirely through Irish will help you develop as a critical and creative thinker capable of analysing a broad range of issues. In addition to that, if you choose Léann na Cumarsáide you will enjoy its balanced mix of academic study and practical, hands-on learning in journalism, television and radio production, broadcasting and multimedia.
A key element of this robust programme is to develop the critical and analytic skills needed to become a ’reflective practitioner’ in the media, able to parse and examine from an objective standpoint the conflicting voices and demands journalists face in their everyday work, and sift the spin from the substance. Graduates will be skilled storytellers who will be equally at home telling stories with pictures, in soundscapes or with words. They will also have strong television presentation skills, and an ability to express themselves with confidence and persuasion.
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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Number of Reserved Places: 30 places
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|EMMWD||Multimedia and Web Development|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|ELESX||5M2073||Language and European Studies|
|ECHSX||5M2154||Cultural and Heritage Studies|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
|DTXXX||5M5011||Tourism with Business|
|DCXXX||6M2007||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|BITSX||6M5014||International Contact Centre Service|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
When you graduate you will be a skilled communicator with experience in television and radio production, broadcasting and journalism, and you will be well-placed to gain prestigious, high-status employment in the highly-competitive media world. You will also have a recognised qualification in Irish, and will be able to teach Irish at second-level once you obtain a postgraduate qualification in teaching.
Your ability to speak fluent Irish will give you a considerable advantage in the highly competitive market, particularly in television and radio. There are many potential employers at home and abroad, including RTÉ, TG4, BBC, local radio stations, television production companies and public relations firms. A degree in media and Irish is also a strong foundation for a career in politics, business, management, and non-profit sector including NGOs and charity organisations, and the public service.