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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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Communication & Media Production - HND

Course Code(s):  5M0528
QQI Award Code:  5M0528 Media Production
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0528
QQI Award Code 5M0528 Media Production
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This three year course provides a comprehensive study of the communication and media production business. The course is conducted in a relaxed yet stimulating environment and has both practical and academic dimensions. Students can gain 'hands on' skills and emphasis is on production of high quality media. Access to modern equipment enables students to reach professional production standards.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
TV Production
Documentary Photography
Radio Production
Digital Editing
Media Analysis 5N1298
Cultural and Social History
Computer Illustrated Graphics 5N1929
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690

Year 2:
Television Studies
Film Studies
Sound Design for the Moving Image
Studio TV Production
Photography
Studio Music Production
Multitrack Recording
Research Techniques

Year 3:
Specialisation in Sound Production or Television Production

Sound Modules include:
Computer Game Sound Design
Radio Documentary
Radio Drama
Music Production
Project Development
Multitrack Recording
Work Experience 5N1356

Television Modules include:
Film and TV Documentary
Editing
Work within the Digital Environment
Project Development
DVD Authoring
Contextual Studies Dissertation
Special Subject Investigation
TV and Sound Engineering
Work Placement
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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