In common with all educational institutions the college has regulations governing the progression of students from one year to another and from final year to graduation. In general terms all modules must be successfully completed before a student can progress. See regulations on completion and progression.
A student does not have an automatic right to repeat assessments nor does a student have a right to defer their college place without prior college approval. The most important advice is for students to keep in contact with their tutors so that problems can be anticipated and solutions sought at an early stage.
A course deferral may arise where a student has registered for a course but does not complete the course for any reason. When a student becomes aware that he/she will not complete the current year they may apply to defer their place, that is to return in the following September and complete the following academic year.
There is no automatic right to a deferral. A written application must be made to the principal before 1 February of the relevant academic year explaining the specific circumstances. Each case is examined on its merits by the college. Permission will not be granted to defer for more than one year.
In certain cases circumstances arise where a student may not complete the course as originally intended. When a student becomes aware before 1 February of the relevant academic year that he/she will not complete the current year they should apply for a deferral as outlined above.
After this date the student may apply to repeat the year. There is no automatic right to repeat. Each case is examined on its merits by the college.
Students repeating will pay the full resource fees.
FETAC Level 5 graduates are eligible to progress to FETAC Level 6 courses (where available). Graduates may also apply to progress to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in BCFE (Merit profile required). They may also apply to progress to Higher Education Institutions through the Higher Education Links Scheme and through the Pilot Scheme (see FETAC website and individual College prospectuses for details).
FETAC Level 6 courses are designed to facilitate entry to the appropriate area of work at supervisory level. However, it may also be possible to gain advanced entry to relevant courses in Institutes of Technology on an individual basis, contact IT Admissions Offices for information.
Dublin Institute of Technology Level 8 Honours Degree courses:
Graduates of the BTEC National Diploma (merit profile) are eligible to progress to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in Media in BCFE, and to first year of degree courses in the UK.
Holders of BTEC Higher National Diplomas may gain entry to second or third year in certain Institutes of Technology depending on subject match and academic achievement. They may also continue their studies in the UK System, sometimes gaining exemption from one or two years of degree courses.
Graduates of the BA in Media Production Management have progressed to post graduate studies in DCU, TCD, NUIM, DIT and in universities in the UK.
Graduates of the Animation Degree may progress to appropriate post-graduate courses.