BCFE Prospectus 2018-2019

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Applying To BCFE

Important dates:
Applications Open (Round 1) Monday 13th November 2017. Open Day Wednesday 24th January 2018

Applications Close 24 hours before interviews begin and reopen approximately 3 days after completion of interview round.

Interviews (Round 1) Thursday 25th and Friday 26th January.

Interviews (Round 2) Monday  19th February

Interviews (Round 3) Tuesday 20th March

Interviews (Round 4) Monday 30th April

All applications are on-line, at www.bcfe.ie
A separate application should be submitted for each course.

Short-listing of applicants may occur for certain high demand courses. The number of interviews may be limited.

General Information

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
The College welcomes applications from qualified international applicants.
International (non-EU) students must comply with Irish immigration requirements and must present either a student visa or a letter of permission to remain in Ireland issued by the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice.
Non-EU students will be required to pay a more substantial fee than EU students for each year of their attendance at BCFE.
For further details, please contact the College office.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
All courses are delivered through English. Students are advised that to benefit from their chosen course they should be proficient in written and spoken English, and may be required to provide a certified qualification of proficiency in English. A list of approved English language qualifications is available from the College office.

FEES
There are no tuition fees for Irish or EU citizens undertaking PLC Courses.
However all students are required to pay a Resource Fee, which covers registration by certifying bodies, student services, books and equipment where the item purchased becomes your personal property. Non-EU citizens will be required to pay a more substantial fee, as laid down by the Department of Education.

A list of fees is available from the General Office, telephone: 6269421
or by email from info@bcfe.ie

A deposit of 40 euro will be required to secure a place on a course. This will not be refunded if you do not avail of the course. If you do enrol on the course, the amount will be held as a down payment on the charges outlined above. The charges for certification/registration with certifying bodies may vary, depending on the certification authority involved.

GRANTS
PLC students taking QQI level 5/6 and BTEC National and Higher National Diploma courses can apply for a maintenance grant. Students must fulfil nationality, residency and means requirements. The level of grant aid varies according to age and the distance from the student’s home to the college. The closing date is usually late August. Students commencing courses who are in receipt of VTOS or BTEA will be ineligible for PLC Grant assistance. Students apply on-line www.studentfinance.ie. There is additional information available http://www.bcfe.ie/studentsupports_grants.php info and also on http://www.susi.ie

MATURE STUDENTS
Applications from mature students are welcome for all courses.
Normal entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+) depending on their life experience and education to date.

VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)
Certain applicants will be eligible for the VTOS Scheme – If a student is over 21 and in receipt of one of a range of social welfare payments for at least six months before joining the course he/she can attend College full-time and still retain all payments. See http://www.bcfe.ie/studentsupports.php

BTEA (Back to Education Allowance)
For eligibility check with your Social Welfare office or go to www.studentfinance.ie

BTEI (Back to Education Initiative)
The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for over 16s, aimed principally at those who have not completed Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) qualification. It gives individuals the opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education. – See more at: http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/Further-Education-and-Training/Back-to-Education-Initiative-BTEI-/

See BCFE RTL Course : Return To Learning (BTEI)

GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING
A Guidance and Counselling service is available to students to assist them to derive maximum benefit from their time in the College. Personal, educational and careers counselling is available. BCFE Guidance and Counselling receives support from CDETB Psychological Services.

DISABILITY SERVICE
The College welcomes applications from students with disabilities, medical conditions and special needs. The Disability Support Service provides advice, information and support to such students, who should notify the College of any special needs on the Application Form. The provision of this information enables the College to make timely provision for their special needs, and the responsibility rests with the student to make the Disability Officer aware of such needs. We would advise any student with special needs to contact the Disability Support Officer at application or interview time or when a course offer has been accepted for information regarding possible support services. Early contact with the Disability Support Officer will facilitate the provision of such services from the beginning of the College year. Phone number available from the College Office.

COURSE DEFERRAL
Course deferral occurs when a learner seeks to defer the college place they were offered. A written application, requesting permission to commence the programme in the following academic year, must be made to the Principal before 31st August. The learner must include, in the application, evidence of meeting the entry requirements.

DELAYED PROGRAMME COMPLETION
Delayed Programme Completion may arise where a learner has registered for a programme but does not complete the programme for any reason. When a learner becomes aware that he/she will not complete the current year they may apply to delay completion of the programme, that is to return the following September and complete in the following academic year. There is no automatic right to a delayed programme completion. A written application must be made to the principal explaining the specific circumstances. Each case is examined on its
merits by the college. Permission will not be granted to delay completion for more than one year. Learners recommencing are liable for the full resource fees.

REPEATING A YEAR
In certain cases, at the end of an academic year, a learner who has not completed the programme may apply to repeat the year. There is no automatic right to repeat. Each case is examined on its merits by the college. Learners who are repeating are liable for the full resource fees.

RESOURCE ROOM/LIBRARY
The college, in co-operation with Ballyfermot Public Library, provides a variety of study spaces for students of the college. These range from individual study spaces for quiet study to group study rooms where students can work together on projects. The library also facilitates student workshops, seminars, student performances and exhibitions of student work. It is also quiet place where students can take timeout to read a newspaper or a novel,
with tea or coffee! College students have access to college resources located on the dedicated shelves of Ballyfermot Library. The Library Catalogue can be accessed at www.dublincitylibraries.ie, and simply type ‘BCFE’ into search and you can browse the college catalogue. The Opening hours for library are also available at: www.dublincitylibraries.ie

EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
The College is equipped to a high standard with computers and the relevant software necessary for the delivery of the various courses. The purpose-built Media Building contains state-of-the-art television studios and editing facilities, performance space, computer rooms, etc.

TRANSPORT
Direct bus routes that stop outside Ballyfermot College are as follows:
From O’Connell Street, the number 40 bus on route to Liffey Valley.

  • From Aston Quay, the number 79a on route to Parkwest Industrial estate.
  • From Tallaght (The Square shopping centre) the number 76 on route to Chapelizod and 76a on route to Blanchardstown centre.
  • From Sandymount, the number 18 on route to Palmerstown. Connecting bus routes to Ballyfermot.
  • From Lucan, the numbers 25, 25a, 25b bus on route to City Centre.
  • From Leixlip the numbers 66, 66a, 66b bus on route to City Centre.
  • From Celbridge/Maynooth the number 67 bus on route to City Centre.
    All the above bus routes, pass by the footbridge in Palmerstown, connecting them to the 18 bus route. Or continue to Chapelizod and a short walk to the college.
    Also the Luas line from Tallaght and from City Centre to Nass road (beside
    McDonalds connecting to the 18 bus route on Kylemore road.
    For detailed directions to BCFE see www.bcfe.ie

ACCOMMODATION
The College will provide on request a list of accommodation for students from outside the Dublin area, and will assist such students in searching for accommodation when necessary.This list is provided as a service and the College cannot take responsibility for theaccommodation provided. All arrangements are between the provider and the student.

CANTEEN
The student canteen is open from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and provides breakfast, sandwiches, rolls, soups, salads and pastries, snacks, hot and cold drinks etc.
Stationery is also on sale in the Canteen, including writing materials, CDs etc.

SPORT
The College has representative teams, which participate in CDETB competitions.

STUDENT LIAISON OFFICER
The College’s Student Liaison Officer offers support to students in working with the College administration and facilitates student activities, societies, and the Student Council.

All information is correct at time of going to press but may be subject to alteration from time to time.

ANIMATION & GAMES

HND in Visual Effects and 3D Technology

Course Code IFX

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a digital set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial. This course will use industry standard software and hardware to take students through everything from learning how to light and shoot the live action elements to creating and compositing digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. VFX and CGI / 3D are growing sectors in Ireland. On successful completion of the course graduates may seek employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film Studies
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures
  • Visual Effects Practices
  • 3D Modelling
  • Principles of Photography

Year 2

  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Visual Effects Studies
  • Advanced Rendering & Visualisation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Advanced Editing & Compositing
  • Work-based Learning
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
  • The VFX and 3D Technology course is the first of its kind in Ireland.
  • VFX & 3D Technology are growth industries in Ireland and Internationally with lots of employment opportunities available now and in the future.
  • VFX / 3D Studios operating in Ireland include Brown Bag Films, Giant Animation, Screen Scene VFX, Windmill Lane VFX, Piranhabar, Egg Post Production, GLUE VFX, Raygun Post Production and Outer Limits Post Production.
  • Course resources include industry-standard hardware/software like Maya, Nuke, Photoshop, Zbrush, Mari, Mudbox, VRay, Arnold, Shotgun and access to our cutting edge TV Studio facilities.
  • Tutors on the course have current/relevant industry experience at studios like Brown Bag Films and Windmill Lane VFX.
  • The course includes regular guest speakers and workshops from specialists currently working in the industry locally and internationally.
  • The course was officially launched in October 2016 with guest talks by Richie Baneham (an Academy Award winning VFX Supervisor who worked on Avatar and Lord of the Rings and a graduate of the college); Troy Saliba (Animation Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks); and Graham Gallagher (Creative Director at Windmill Lane VFX and a graduate of the college).
  • On the course we support extra curricular activities like attendance at festivals and studio visits. In the year 2016-17 for example students attended the Animation Dingle festival, cinema screenings, a studio tour of Brown Bag Films and free workshops on VFX related subjects through Screen Training Ireland, such as a talk by Scott Pritchard who was the VFX Supervisor for ILM on ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Typical QQI Level 5 award feeder courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects and 3D Technology)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates may present a variety of portfolio work. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Portfolio work may consist of any or all of the following: Photography, digital artwork, digital images or short video clips which have been either shot, edited or digitally manipulated by the applicant.

PROGRESSION

It is envisaged that graduates of this programme will move from the course directly into employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally. Graduates may also apply for our BA Honours Degree in Visual Media in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media is certified by the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Animation Drawing Studies

Course Code CDS

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

Animation Drawing Studies is a comprehensive foundation programme. It has a particular emphasis on the development of strong drawing skills whilst offering a broad introduction to animation.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • Animation Layout Design
  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Craft and Design
  • Communications
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Work Experience

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art 5M1985

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

  • Students applying for Animation Courses should bring to the interview a portfolio of artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests.
  • This portfolio should contain: Four A3 size drawings from life or the human figure displaying emotion (anger, happiness, love, sadness etc). It is suggested that you ask a friend or family member to pose for these drawings and that you spend no more than 2 hours on this exercise. Quick sketches are better than finished pieces.
  • Approximately twelve pieces of artwork (sketches and more finished work) including observational drawings (life drawing/still life), perspective drawing, some colour work and work of personal interest.
  • A sketchbook of quick, 5 to 10 minutes, drawings from life (people, animals, still life, buildings interior or exterior).
  • Please bring only original work. The drawings of established cartoon characters and work copied from books should not be included.

PROGRESSION

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to the Higher National Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation in BCFE. Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

HND in Classical & Computer Animation

Course Code CCH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This course gives budding artists the chance to express themselves artistically through the medium of animation, both classical (hand-drawn) and computer generated. This dynamic course provides the skills to take individual and group projects from conception to completion. The course aims to enable the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques employed by the professional animator and to acquire the requisite skills for entry level positions in Feature, TV or Computer Game animation.

COURSE CONTENT

  • 2D Animation and Principles
  • Introduction to 3D Computer Animation and Modelling for Characters
  • Principles of Life Drawing and Anatomy for Animation
  • Visual Communication, Layout for Animation
  • Scriptwriting for Animation
  • Principles of Analysis for Animation
  • 2D Character Animation
  • Application of 3D Computer Animation and Modelling
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • Visual Communication in Moving Image
  • Layout and Storyboarding
  • Production Practice
  • Historical and Theoretical Analysis for Animation

The programme is currently under review and there will be some change to the modules. Details of new modules will be available in March 2018.

 

 

 

 

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable Level 5 awards include CDS Animation Drawing Studies

CERTIFICATION

HND in Classical and Computer Animation

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

  • Students applying for Animation Courses should bring to the interview a portfolio of artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests.
  • This portfolio should contain: Four A3 size drawings from life or the human figure displaying emotion (anger, happiness, love, sadness etc). It is suggested that you ask a friend or family member to pose for these drawings and that you spend no more than 2 hours on this exercise. Quick sketches are better than finished pieces.
  • Approximately twelve pieces of artwork (sketches and more finished work) including observational drawings (life drawing/still life), perspective drawing, some colour work and work of personal interest.
  • A sketchbook of quick, 5 to 10 minutes, drawings from life (people, animals, still life, buildings interior or exterior).
  • Please bring only original work. The drawings of established cartoon characters and work copied from books or photographs should not be included.

PROGRESSION

Graduates may apply for the Advanced Diploma in Animation / BA Honours Degree in Visual Media ( Animation) in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media (Animation) is certified by the University of Dundee Scotland.

BA (Hons) Visual Media in Animation / Game Design

Course Code CDA

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

CDA – A:
BA (Hons) Visual Media – Animation Pathway
This course allows the students to develop and integrate their technical and academic skills in a structured way. It aims to develop in the student a balance between the conceptualist, the artist, the storyteller and the technician. At honours level the learning is largely self-directed and the students are required to produce a collaborative animated film.

CDA – G:
BA (Hons) Visual Media – Game Design Pathway
This course allows the students to develop and integrate their technical and academic skills in a structured way. It aims to develop in the student a balance between game designer and game producer. At honours level the learning is largely self-directed and the students are required to produce a collaborative game.

COURSE CONTENT

CDA – A: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Animation Pathway
The course is composed of both practical and theoretical modules: Moving Image and Technology, Life Drawing, Research and Development, Historical and Theoretical Analysis, Moving Image Production, Applied Animation Theory.

CDA – G: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Game Design Pathway
The course is composed of both practical and theoretical modules: Game Design, Game Production, Research and Development, Historical and Theoretical Analysis, Advanced Game Production, Applied Games Theory.

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CDA – A: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Animation Pathway
HND in Animation (or relevant and equivalent qualification). If English is not your first language you must provide documentary evidence of your ability in English. Normally students are expected to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

CDA – G: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Game Design Pathway
HND in Game Design (or relevant and equivalent qualification). If English is not your first language you must provide documentary evidence of your ability in English. Normally students are expected to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

CERTIFICATION

CDA – A: BA Honours Degree in Visual Media – Animation – University of Dundee Scotland

CDA – G: BA Honours Degree in Visual Media – Game Design – University of Dundee Scotland
This award is at level 10 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework which is comparable to level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. The QQ1 Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries should link to QQI Comparability Statement.

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

CDA – A: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Animation Pathway

  • Artwork should demonstrate ability in both figurative and abstract approaches.
  • 10 samples of life drawing and life drawing sketchbooks.
  • Layout and design samples and developmental work.
  • Scripts, treatments, storyboards.
  • Animation tests with conceptual development and thumbnail work to support context.
  • Personal observation sketchbooks and journals exhibiting artistic/cultural interests.
  • Work may be presented flat or digitally.
  • All work must be original and recent.

CDA – G: BA (Hons) Visual Media – Game Design Pathway
Portfolio should include evidence of game design, game production, research, academic writing and conceptual development. All work must be original and recent.

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to postgraduate study.

Computer Games & Interactive Entertainment Development

Course Code DLO

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This is an exciting practical programme for computer games enthusiasts who would like to pursue a career in the games development industry. The course is focused on the industry programs and applications that enable the production of both game content and general production. Successful students may apply to progress onto the HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) and the HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) here in BCFE.

COURSE CONTENT

  • 3 Dimensional Computer Graphics
  • Communications
  • Design Skills
  • Digital Marketing
  • Games Analysis Design
  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Web Authoring
  • Work Experience

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Good computer literacy and a knowledge of computer games styles. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048)

PROGRESSION

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to the HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) and the HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) in BCFE. Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design)

Course Code DGH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Our Game Design Higher National Diploma provides you with the skills required to turn your own pen & paper designs into fully-functional interactive products, using industry-standard tools, theory, and techniques. Use cutting-edge technology to bring your ideas to life. Then test them out online with the gaming community. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in world-class companies, while others have formed companies of their own. This course is also a pathway to the BA (Hons) in Visual Media.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media
  • Practical Skills for Computer Game Design
  • Computer Games Studies
  • Career Development for the Computer Games Industry
  • 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games
  • 3D Computer Game Engines
  • Music and Sound for Computer Games
  • Ideas Generation for Computer Games
  • 3D Animation for Computer Games
  • Computer Game Design Techniques
  • Level Design for Computer Games
  • Scripting for Computer Game Design
  • Human-Computer Interfaces for Computer Games

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable foundation Level 5 courses include

CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

Graduates may apply for the BA Honours Degree in Visual Media (Game Design) in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media (Game Design) is certified by the University of Dundee Scotland.

ART & DESIGN

Art, Design & Three Dimensional Studies Portfolio Course

Course Code ADT

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW OF ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE

This course is a one year portfolio course with an emphasis on three dimensional work, from both design and fine art sculptural aspects. Students are taught the necessary skills to research all ideas visually through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and design. All projects are purposely broad enough to allow students to build up a portfolio suitable for their particular interest whether it is fine art, design or model-making.

COURSE CONTENT FOR ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE

  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Communications
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Image Processing
  • Painting
  • Fine Art and Graphics Photo Imaging
  • Sculpture
  • Spatial Design
  • Work Experience

ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Art Portfolio (See guidelines). The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). ADM, AGP and ADT are portfolio preparation courses.

ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art 5M1985

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES FOR ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE

Applicants should bring to interview a selection of art pieces of recent observational drawings and paintings in a range of media (pencil, charcoal, pastel and paint). Applicants should also include photographs of any 3D they have made. Sketchbooks or notebooks can be included.

PROGRESSION FROM ART, DESIGN & THREE DIMENSIONAL STUDIES PORTFOLIO COURSE

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in Art and Graphic Design in BCFE, such as

ADM Portfolios are suitable for all national BA degree and HND applications in the areas of Fine Art, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Design, Fashion Design, Photography, Display, and Character Design for Stage and Screen.

ADM students currently progress to all national third level Art Design Colleges, NCAD, DIT, IADT, LSAD, and also to international colleges in London, Edinburgh and Holland.

Art, Design & Mixed Media Portfolio Course

Course Code ADM

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW OF ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE

Art, Design, and Mixed Media is a broad one year Fine Art and Design Portfolio Course with a long history of success with NCAD, DIT, IADT, LSAD and international colleges.

The course enables students to develop creative and conceptual ability and skills across the key areas of Fine Art practice,- Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Print-making, Combined Materials, Figure Studies and Fine Art based Analogue /Darkroom Photography.

Whilst tacking specific Third Level Art College Briefs, projects are broad enough to allow students to develop a portfolio suitable to their own personal interests in Fine Art, Design, Photography, Fashion, Illustration etc.

Work Experience takes place in the first term with a two week block of creative practice. It begins with a week of cross-city location drawing, painting, photography and notebook research, followed in the second week by a visiting artists workshop and studio based collaborative project in 3D and Combined Materials, constructing wearable and hybrid Sculptural art-works .

A week long art educational trip takes place outside of Ireland after college portfolio submission, (normally to Paris or London) to inform and develop students knowledge of the arts.

COURSE CONTENT FOR ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE

  • Appreciation of Art
  • Craft and Design
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Painting
  • Fine Art and Graphics Photo Imaging
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Work Experience

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Art Portfolio (See guidelines). The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art 5M1985

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES FOR ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE

Applicants should bring to interview a selection of 12 to 18 pieces of recent observational studies. The work should include both quick sketches and detailed drawings which demonstrate the ability to deal with line, tone, texture, colour and form using a variety of media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil, paint). Sketchbooks or notebooks can be included in the portfolio submission.

PROGRESSION FROM ART, DESIGN & MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO COURSE

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in BCFE, such as

 

ADM students currently progress to all national third level Art Design Colleges, NCAD, DIT, IADT, LSAD, and also to international colleges in London, Edinburgh and Holland. ADM Portfolios are suitable for all national BA degree and HND applications in the areas of Fine Art, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Design, Fashion Design, Photography, Display, and Character Design for Stage and Screen.

Art, Graphics & Printmaking Portfolio Course – Visual Communications

Course Code AGP

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW OF ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE

This course enables students to create and produce an interesting and dynamic portfolio of work. It offers students a balance between traditional methods of art making such as drawing, painting, print making, figures studies, alongside digital photography and computer graphic design, resulting in an integrated portfolio. A one week field trip takes place in the first term to stimulate the students’ research work. Throughout the year various artists and designer visit the college to talk and guide students. Many graduates progress on to NCAD, DIT, IADT and further afield.

COURSE CONTENT FOR ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE

  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Printmaking
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Communications,
  • Drawing
  • Figure Studies
  • Painting
  • Traditional Black and White Photography
  • Work Experience

ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Art Portfolio (See guidelines). The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Graphic Design 5M1985

INTERVIEW GUIDELINES FOR ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE

Applicants should bring to interview a selection of 12 to 18 pieces of recent observational studies. The work should include both quick sketches and detailed drawings which demonstrate the ability to deal with line, tone, texture, colour and form using a variety of media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil, paint). Sketchbooks or notebooks can be included in the portfolio submission.

PROGRESSION FROM ART, GRAPHICS & PRINTMAKING PORTFOLIO COURSE

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma courses in BCFE, such as

HND in Graphic Design (Visual Communications)

Course Code AGH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Graphic Design is broad and fascinating subject area. This highly-regarded course enables students to develop exceptional technical and visual language skills, while developing the ability to respond to a wide-range of challenging graphic design projects. Our award-winning students produce industry-ready portfolios, and upon graduation enter paid-employment in the graphic design sector or continue their studies to degree level with advanced entry.

Students will be actively encouraged to engage in a range of methods, both digital and non-digital, in response to varied and exciting briefs, and will explore the entire spectrum of graphic design practice. This will include typography, magazine design, illustration, ideas generation, corporate identity and branding, developing personal style, art direction, packaging design, motion and interactive graphic design, and graphic design history and theory.

Working to tailored in-house and live competition briefs is a key component of the course and enables students to gain valuable feedback from tutors and industry sources alike.

Ongoing talks and workshops by visiting guest lecturers enrich and inform the students’ own practice and build important and beneficial links to the world of professional graphic design.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Techniques and Practices
  • Professional Development
  • Screen Based Practices
  • Packaging Design
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project

Year 2

  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
  • Advanced Digital Design Studies
  • Branding and Identity
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice
  • Group Project
  • Web Design

 

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable Level 5 courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Visual Communications (Graphic Design)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Please bring to the interview a professionally presented portfolio of selected recent works including:

  • Drawing showing strong use of line, tone, texture and composition. Work should be from life/observation and in a wide range of media showing a variety of subject matter.
  • Colour Work showing use of colour and tone. Work can range from painting, collage, printmaking, photography and textiles to mixed media.
  • Work of Personal Interest
  • Sketchbooks – showing development and progression of ideas and rough work demonstrating work practice and thought processes.
  • Work should be creative and conceptual.

PROGRESSION

Students complete this course with an individual and dynamic portfolio of graphic and illustrative work. Some graduates of the course go straight into industry while many more go on to further education with advanced entry to degree level in both Ireland and the UK.

HND in Illustration

Course Code AIH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Illustration is a highly specialized discipline within the field of Visual Communication. This unique course enables our students to develop strong visual language and narrative skills, while developing a range of illustrative styles.  Students will focus primarily on developing their drawing, digital and media skills while also learning to regard their work in terms of commercial viability.

Students will be actively encouraged to engage in a range of methods, both traditional and non-traditional, to realise their ideas and will explore the entire spectrum of illustrative practice.  This will include editorial, archaeological, technical, advertising, instructional, fashion, as well as illustration for graphic novels, storyboards, greeting cards, websites, book covers and children’s books. Working to tailored in-house and live competition briefs is a key component of the course and enables students to gain valuable feedback from tutors and industry sources alike.

Ongoing talks and workshops by visiting guest lecturers enrich and inform the students’ own practice and build important and beneficial links to the world of professional illustration.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Principles of Life Drawing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Professional Development
  • Media Practices
  • Individual Project
  • Visual Narratives
  • Material Practice
  • Techniques & Practices

Year 2

  • Advanced Life Drawing
  • Art Direction
  • Applied Practice
  • Advanced Art Practice Studies
  • Conceptual Practice

 

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).  Suitable Level 5 courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Illustration

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Please bring to the interview a professionally presented portfolio of recent and original works including:

  • Drawing: Life and Observational both showing strong use of line, tone, texture and composition. Please include a wide range of media and a variety of subject matter.
  • Life Drawing: should include 10 – 12 examples of a variety of poses and media.
  • Colour: Work should include painting, collage, printmaking, textiles and mixed media.
  • Personal: work should be creative and conceptual.
  • Sketchbooks: work should show artistic/cultural interests as well as thought processes and ideas development.
  • Three dimensional work: can be photographed for inclusion in the portfolio.

PROGRESSION

Students will complete this course with a varied and exciting Illustration portfolio ready to begin in the industry. Viable progression includes freelance illustration, design studios, newspapers and magazine publications, publishers, architectural firms, and museum work.

Students may also apply for advanced entry to honours degree programme in national and international third-level institutions.

 

DIGITAL MEDIA

Interactive Digital Media Production

Course Code DMP

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course provides an introduction to Digital Media with a strong focus on giving students the opportunity to gain skills and to learn the fundamentals of Multimedia, Web Design and Graphic Design. The course is ideally suited to those who wish to up-skill in the dynamic area of digital media. Students gain a wide range of skills in digital multimedia production and establish a strong foundation for further study and for employment. It is suitable for those with a little computer experience.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Multimedia Project Development
  • Design Skills
  • Image Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Web Authoring
  • 3 Dimensional Computer Graphics
  • Digital Editing

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

Level 5 QQI Certificate in Multimedia Production (5M2146)

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable courses include:

HND in Visual Effects and 3D Technology

Course Code IFX

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a digital set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial. This course will use industry standard software and hardware to take students through everything from learning how to light and shoot the live action elements to creating and compositing digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. VFX and CGI / 3D are growing sectors in Ireland. On successful completion of the course graduates may seek employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film Studies
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures
  • Visual Effects Practices
  • 3D Modelling
  • Principles of Photography

Year 2

  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Visual Effects Studies
  • Advanced Rendering & Visualisation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Advanced Editing & Compositing
  • Work-based Learning
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
  • The VFX and 3D Technology course is the first of its kind in Ireland.
  • VFX & 3D Technology are growth industries in Ireland and Internationally with lots of employment opportunities available now and in the future.
  • VFX / 3D Studios operating in Ireland include Brown Bag Films, Giant Animation, Screen Scene VFX, Windmill Lane VFX, Piranhabar, Egg Post Production, GLUE VFX, Raygun Post Production and Outer Limits Post Production.
  • Course resources include industry-standard hardware/software like Maya, Nuke, Photoshop, Zbrush, Mari, Mudbox, VRay, Arnold, Shotgun and access to our cutting edge TV Studio facilities.
  • Tutors on the course have current/relevant industry experience at studios like Brown Bag Films and Windmill Lane VFX.
  • The course includes regular guest speakers and workshops from specialists currently working in the industry locally and internationally.
  • The course was officially launched in October 2016 with guest talks by Richie Baneham (an Academy Award winning VFX Supervisor who worked on Avatar and Lord of the Rings and a graduate of the college); Troy Saliba (Animation Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks); and Graham Gallagher (Creative Director at Windmill Lane VFX and a graduate of the college).
  • On the course we support extra curricular activities like attendance at festivals and studio visits. In the year 2016-17 for example students attended the Animation Dingle festival, cinema screenings, a studio tour of Brown Bag Films and free workshops on VFX related subjects through Screen Training Ireland, such as a talk by Scott Pritchard who was the VFX Supervisor for ILM on ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Typical QQI Level 5 award feeder courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects and 3D Technology)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates may present a variety of portfolio work. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Portfolio work may consist of any or all of the following: Photography, digital artwork, digital images or short video clips which have been either shot, edited or digitally manipulated by the applicant.

PROGRESSION

It is envisaged that graduates of this programme will move from the course directly into employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally. Graduates may also apply for our BA Honours Degree in Visual Media in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media is certified by the University of Dundee, Scotland.

MEDIA

HND in Radio Programming & Production

Course Code MRH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This two year Radio Course covers everything about radio from how to hold a microphone to how set up a Radio Station. Students learn about music radio programming, presenting, features, news and documentaries. The course offers the opportunity to gain extensive experience in programme making and to learn the legal and business aspects of the radio and media industry. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the college Radio station, to apply for a licence and set up an FM Radio station broadcasting in the Dublin area, and to work on dedicated internet radio stations as well as producing individual podcasts. The course is closely linked with the radio industry with industry guest lecturers throughout the year and excellent work experience placements in industry. Graduates from this course have a strong track record of success in media industry working in all the major radio stations both on air and in production. The course has full Digital broadcast studios using Myriad, Radiomation and Adobe digital editing packages.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Radio Programmes
  • Radio Studies
  • Career Development for the Radio Industry
  • Radio Station Management
  • Radio Quizzes and Light Entertainment
  • Practical Skills for Radio Production
  • Speech Package Production for Radio
  • Work Experience in the Creative Media Sector
  • Producing Multi-platform Radio Journalism
  • Radio Documentary Production
  • Radio Drama Production
  • Law for Journalists
  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Project Design
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5 / O1 and three O6 / H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Suitable Level 5 or equivalent courses include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). No Portfolio is required for this MRH 2 Year Radio course, but you will be asked to demonstrate at interview that you are interested in radio stations and being a part of the media industry.

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CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Radio)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson.

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

Graduates who achieve a Merit / Distinction in this Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management in BCFE. This adds just one final year to the course you have completed. It is validated by DCU and delivered mostly here in BCFE. Should you be thinking about other degree courses in Britain, you may gain exemption from doing their first and second years.

Print Journalism & Radio

Course Code MJC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course aims to provide a foundation in the practical skills and underpinning knowledge required in media.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Media Analysis
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Research Skills for Journalism
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Voice Production for Broadcasting
  • Word Processing

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP including English or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 Certificate. Applicants should show an interest in and aptitude for journalism at the interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production 5M18518

Certification will be at level 5 on the QQI Common Awards System.

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable courses include:

HND in Journalism

Course Code MJH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

A practical journalism course that prepares you to work across all platforms: print, broadcast journalism, online journalism, mobile journalism and social media. First years get to work in our simulated digital newsroom and our hi-tech radio and television studios.Using the latest software, you will produce the college newspaper which has won a series of SMEDIA awards over the past ten years.

The emphasis is on practical work with work placements in both years. Second years compete to do a fully-funded work placement in Finland. Graduates from this course work as sports journalists, reporters, radio presenters, TV producers, editors of newspapers and magazines and more recently in digital marketing positions that require a grounding in multimedia journalism with advanced social media skills.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Practical Skills (Journalism)
  • Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines
  • Radio Journalism
  • Convergent Journalism
  • Writing for Specialist Publications (Sports, Lifestyle, Current Affairs or Entertainment)
  • Page Design and Layout
  • Newspaper Project
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Research Techniques
  • Interview and Presentation Techniques
  • Journalism Studies
  • Career Development
  • Internet Marketing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Special Subject Investigation.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Suitable Level 5 or equivalent courses include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+) Applicants must present a portfolio of published/unpublished written work at interview and demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for journalism. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Journalism)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management at BCFE. This is a one year top-up degree accredited by DCU.

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for the BA (Hons) in Broadcast Journalism at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE, a one year top-up degree  accredited by University of Wolverhampton, or for advanced entry into the 2nd year of the BA in Journalism at Griffith College Dublin, Dublin Business School and Independent Colleges Dublin.

Graduates are eligible to apply for Direct Entry to Journalism at DCU and Advanced Entry at DIT on a competitive basis.

Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK.

Diploma in Media & Broadcasting

Course Code MND

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This one year course introduces students to the Media industry with a strong emphasis on the practical skills needed to work in Media and Broadcasting including Radio, Television, Online and Print Journalism. All aspects of this dynamic course are integrated and assessed through individual and group assignments and projects in the college’s state-of-the-art Radio and Television Studios.

Many students progress from this Media Diploma Course on to HND courses in BCFE or further studies elsewhere.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Presentation Techniques for Broadcasting
  • Working Freelance in the Creative Media Sector
  • Single Camera Techniques for Television
  • Music-Based Radio Programming, Commercial Production for Radio
  • Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Factual Writing for Print
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Understanding the Creative Media Sector
  • Creative Media Production Management Project
  • Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries
  • Web Authoring
  • Work Experience

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Applicants should bring relevant work to the interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

Diploma in Creative Media Production. 120 Credit QCF .

A National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to NFQ Level 5 Certificate. This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI Comparability Statement – National Diploma

PROGRESSION

Graduates with a BTEC National Diploma are qualified to enter 1st year of degree courses in the UK system and may also progress to Higher National Diploma courses in BCFE (merit profile required). Suitable courses include:

BA (Hons) Degree In Media Production Management

Course Code MPM

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

The Media Production Management degree is designed to equip dynamic creative students with the skills to play their part in transforming the increasingly globalised creative industries. The degree is designed to address many of the wider issues encountered by creative arts/media students and is focused on how their work can be developed, managed and marketed in the modern world.

It is a one-year progression course for students who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma in Media/Digital/Music/Games/Art & Design (or related field) or have accumulated a minimum of 120 ECTS in media or related area.

The degree is awarded by Dublin City University and students have full access to all DCU facilities.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Research Methods
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Project Management
  • International Media Marketing
  • Popular Culture Studies
  • Strategic Media Management
  • Media Project
  • Dissertation

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Higher National Diploma in Media, Creative Arts or related area with a merit/distinction profile or 120 ECTS in media or related area. Suitable HNDs include:

CERTIFICATION

BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management, Dublin City University (NFQ Level 8)

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Applicants are required to prepare a written 200 word proposal for a media production for presentation at interview. Client message, audience and treatment should be considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

Ms. Christine Moynihan

Programme Coordinator

Phone +353-1-6269421
Mobile +353-873384283

Email christine.moynihan@bcfe.ie

PROGRESSION

The creative industries are amongst the most rapidly growing sectors of the global economy in the 21st century and are providing many exciting opportunities. Graduates from the degree are working around the world in a wide variety of roles in the media, music industry, digital media, marketing and the public sector. Recent graduates are working for RTE, TV3, Newstalk, Reuters, Core Media, LinkedIn, IMRO, Maximum Media, BBC, Pay Pal, Google and eBay.

Some graduates choose to continue their education and pursue postgraduate studies at masters and doctoral level.

MUSIC

HND in Music Production

Course Code PEH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This Music Production course involves technical operations of modern sound equipment and music technology. It aims to equip students with a skill set that allows them to enter a career or follow further academic pursuits within this discipline. Students work with performers and musicians in the recording studios to produce master tracks and other media. Other work involves live sound, desktop audio production and developing multi-media content. Successful students can expect to find employment in the media, entertainment and music industries as sound engineers, music producers, editors, midi production programmers, technicians, and pro-audio sales.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Sound Principles
  • Recording Technology
  • Creative Software Techniques
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Media Composition

Year 2

  • Creative Research Project
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Music Systems Programming
  • Advanced Synthesis and Processing
  • Live Mixing
  • Composing to a Brief
  • Sound for Media Products

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Applicants are required to bring to interview an audio CD with two pieces of self recorded music clearly labelled and indexed. Links to your audio mixes can be added within the work experience section of the online application form instead of the CD. A copy of a CV and any references should also be available for the interview.

HND in Music (Production)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

FACILITIES

  • Classroom Lab with 25 HP workstations with Midi controller keyboards.
  • Analog Recording Studio
  • Digital Recording Studio
  • 8 Midi programming / recording booths with Apple Imacs and Propellerheads balance audio interfaces
  • State of the Art D+B PA System in Purpose Built Venue with 4 way monitors
  • Pro-tools HD2 Surround System
  • Software includes Pro-tools, Logic, Propellerheads Reason, Cubase , Soundforge, Ableton Live, Pure Data, Reaper and Sony Vegas

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.

Music Management & Production

Course Code PMC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

The course will give students an introduction to one of the two main disciplines of the music industry, depending on the strand selected by the student. The course offers two strands in the areas of  music engineering and music performance each offering a different certification. The course is designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary for work in a dynamic and ever changing music industry.

COURSE CONTENT

Sound Production Strand:

  • Communications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Event Production
  • Media Analysis
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Work Experience

Music Performance Strand:

  • Communications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Event Production
  • Media Analysis
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Music Theory and Practice
  • Music Performance
  • Work Experience

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP including a pass in English or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme. Student can also progress to HNDs within BCFE. Suitable HNDs include:

HND in Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School)

Course Code PRH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This course is aimed at students who aspire to become professional musicians and who want to learn about the Music Industry. This course creates a working environment in which students can develop skills of self expression, musical composition, presentation and performance. Live performances in the college and at city centre venues are an exciting and integral part of the course

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Performance
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Songwriting
  • Applied Music Theory
  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Music Production Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Developing as an Artist
  • Advanced Performance Skills
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Improvisation
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Live Arrangement Skills
  • Creative Research Project

 

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Applicants will be required to do an audition and supply a demo on CD/Tape, instrumental or vocal. This recording may be a sole performance or as part of a group. The academic entry requirements may be waived where outstanding talent is demonstrated at the audition and for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

HND in Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

FACILITIES

  • Rehearsal and Multi-Track Sound Recording Studio
  • Performance and Music DVD/Video Recording
  • Performance Hall
  • Professional back line and P.A. System
  • Two 24 Track Digital Recording Studios
  • Pro-tools HD2 Recording System
  • Multi-Media Computer Room
  • Software includes Cubase SX, Reason and Soundforge

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK or continue performing with their band or as a solo act.

HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance

Course Code PTH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This course is suitable for musicians/singers who wish to pursue a career in traditional music. The course is practical in nature with an emphasis on performance. Students perform on a regular basis in various venues throughout Dublin and beyond. In 2nd year students are expected to record, engineer and produce their own CD, using College facilities. Another feature of the course is regular visits and guest lectures by leading figures in the world of traditional music.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Music Notation
  • Harmony and Arranging
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Music Technology
  • Computer Music Composition and Production
  • Traditional Performing Arts
  • Regional Styles in Irish Traditional Music

Year 2

  • Traditional Music and Song from Scotland
  • Brittany and the North of England
  • Planning for Public Performance
  • Creative Arts Research Skills, Project design
  • Implementation and evaluation
  • Music Studio Production
  • The Music Business in the 21st Century
  • World Music Studies
  • Harmony and Composition.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants will be auditioned.

CERTIFICATION

HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

FACILITIES

  • Rehearsal and Multi-track Sound Recording Studio
  • Demo Recording, Back-line Amplification
  • 2kw P.A. System
  • Range of Professional Instruments
  • 24 Track Digital Recording Studio
  • Midi Suites 8 Track Hard Disc Recorders

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK or may choose to continue performing on the traditional music circuit. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction may also apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management programme in BCFE.

HND in Music & Event Management

Course Code PMH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Do you want to run a Record Label, plan a tour for a band or artist, organise an event, work at a festival? Have you got what it takes to work in the Music Industry Then the Music Management Course is for you. Students on this course learn about the Music Business and how it operates in the 21st Century. Combining both academic and practical elements the course equips students with the knowledge and confidence to successfully manage their career in the Music Industry. If the Music Management Course is for you then apply to the Higher National Diploma in Music Management. We look forward to meeting you.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians.
  • Professional Development
  • Music Copyright
  • The Monetisation of Music
  • Music Publishing
  • The Live Music Business
  • Music and Society

Year 2

  • Creative Research Project
  • Music and Brands
  • Artist Management
  • Getting the Right Deals.
  • Advanced Music Event Management
  • A n R
  • The International Music Market

STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

HND in Music Management

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.

TELEVISION & FILM

Cinematography

Course Code IFC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course concentrates on developing the knowledge and practical skills involved in the art of cinematography. Emphasis is placed on the roles and functions of the camera department through practical projects using a range of 16/S16mm film cameras.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Cinematography Camera Operations
  • Cinematography Lighting Skills
  • Traditional Black and White Photography
  • Digital Editing
  • Image Processing
  • Scriptwriting for Film and Television Drama
  • Media Analysis
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Students should bring relevant film, video, photography or storyboards to the interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production 5M18518

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The main element of the portfolio should be Photography, however video work can be presented in addition. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. The portfolio should contain items that are current or relevant to the application. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Photographic work should show your skills in lighting, framing and composition and possibly sequence. No more than 20 photos should be presented.

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme .

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable courses include:

Television and Digital Film

Course Code ITC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This television and digital film course provides the opportunity for students to build a visual portfolio within the areas of Television Studio Production, Film Production and Photography.  Every student makes one very short fiction film, one factual news piece and experiences every job in the television studio during the television studio production.

There is a concentration on developing the knowledge and practical foundation skills required for students to advance in these technical and creative areas.

Have a look at some of our award winning very short films in the Students’ Work below.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Television and Film Editing
  • Film Production
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Media Analysis
  • Scriptwriting
  • Portrait Photography
  • Television Studio Production

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Students should bring a portfolio to the interview. See Portfolio Guidelines. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Film and Television Production 5M18519

GUIDELINES for SAMPLES of VISUAL WORK

Applicants should bring to the interview a collection of up to ten photographs. They may also bring drawn storyboards or video work on which they have operated the camera. Video work may be in the form of a file on a laptop, USB or external drive, or uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

Please do not bring scripts.

 

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme .

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable courses include:

Students may use their digital film & video work as a portfolio to apply for entry to Film & Television Degree programmes. Past Students have applied for the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

HND in Television Operations & Production

Course Code ITH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Camera, Lights, Sound – You’re Live! If you want to work behind the scenes in a TV Studio, work on Live Outside Broadcasts or make your own programmes this is the course for you. The course uses the latest Television cameras & editing equipment to give students extensive practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the television and video production industries. Our purpose built facilities include a TV Studio, Control Room and Editing suites with the latest digital technology. The course has been running successfully for over 20 years. Previous students are now working in management, production, post production, live studio, outside broadcast, video production and online video production.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Practical Skills for Moving Image Production
  • Development & Techniques of Film & Video Editing
  • Digital Editing Skills for Television
  • Producing Television as a Crew
  • Television Studio Production
  • Television Studies
  • Digital Television Technology
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production

Year 2

  • Producer for Moving Image Production
  • Television Camera and Lighting
  • Professional Television Editing
  • Live Television Studio Operations
  • Broadcast Television Project
  • Multi-Camera Outside Broadcast
  • Promotional Video Production
  • Director for Moving Image Production

The programme is currently under review and there will be some change to the modules. Details of new modules will be available on 15th December 2017.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile.

Suitable foundation Level 5 courses include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+) Applicants should demonstrate the interest and potential to acquire high level skills in TV operations. A portfolio of photography or video work should be brought to the interview. See Portfolio Guidelines.

CERTIFICATION

HND in Television Operations

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

The portfolio should contain photographic or video work you have done. It need not be professional quality. Each candidate will be invited to discuss the work you are presenting with regard to what you have learnt in making it.

The emphasis should be on quality not quantity. No more than 20 photographs should be presented.

Video work should preferably be in a common file format on USB or external drive. If your video is a group production, you should show the part that contains your own work. Photographic work should show your skills in lighting, framing and composition and possibly sequence.

The Interview will last approximately 20 minutes.

 

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction in the Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.

HND in Film

Course Code IFH

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

The Higher National Diploma in Film is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves through the medium of film. The programme combines an emphasis on the art of filmmaking and the visual representation of story with the development of technical, organisational and production skills. It consists of four main areas : Theory and Analysis, Camera, Lighting and Art Direction. There is an emphasis on Visual Language and Cinematography. Students will be encouraged to examine the variety of styles used in film both historically and currently.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Cinematography- Camera Operations
  • Film Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Light and Sound
  • Professional Practices
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Individual Project
  • Film and Video Editing

Year 2

  • Advanced Film Studies
  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Editing
  • Scriptwriting for Film
  • Narrative
  • Art Direction

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable foundation Level 5 courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Film (SRF)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

FACILITIES

  • Sound Stage
  • Scenery Room
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Avid Edit Suites
  • Arri and Atton Super 16mm Cameras and a range of sound
  • lighting and support equipment

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. The portfolio should contain items that are current or relevant to the application. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Film and/or Video work should be presented on DVD (finalised) . If your video is a group production, you should show a part that contains your own work. Photographic work should show your skills in lighting, framing and composition and possibly sequence. No more than 20 photos should be presented. Storyboards may also be presented.

PROGRESSION

Graduates may gain exemption from one or two years of degree courses in the UK. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction in the Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.

Certificate in Broadcast Presentation Skills

Course Code IPC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This industry driven course is designed to give students a wide range of practical skills required to present television and radio programmes to a professional standard. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and develop their own individual and personal style of presenting and record both on location and in studio. Learn how to write scripts, links, promos, intros and pieces to camera, conduct interviews, build packages and create broadcast-ready content that is interesting, understandable and memorable.

Our purpose-built facilities include a large modern television and radio studio and editing suites. The balance of practical, analytical and academic modules will enable graduates to confidently look for inspiring and challenging industry positions. The course also includes an Acting for TV and Film module. Learn the different acting techniques required for TV, film and commercials.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Voice Production for Broadcasting
  • TV and Film Acting
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Research for Journalism
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Media Analysis
  • Communications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Work Experience

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate/LCVP (one of which must be English) or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate.  Applicants should show an interest in and an aptitude for media at the interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production 5M18518

This programme is currently being revised and some components may change. Certification will be at level 5 on the QQI Common Awards System.

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Candidates must have a pre-recorded 1 minute piece to camera or should have a one minute script prepared on any subject which will be recorded at the interview stage. Please bring to interview any additional relevant material.

PROGRESSION

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable courses include:

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

HND in Visual Effects and 3D Technology

Course Code IFX

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a digital set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial. This course will use industry standard software and hardware to take students through everything from learning how to light and shoot the live action elements to creating and compositing digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. VFX and CGI / 3D are growing sectors in Ireland. On successful completion of the course graduates may seek employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film Studies
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures
  • Visual Effects Practices
  • 3D Modelling
  • Principles of Photography

Year 2

  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Visual Effects Studies
  • Advanced Rendering & Visualisation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Advanced Editing & Compositing
  • Work-based Learning
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
  • The VFX and 3D Technology course is the first of its kind in Ireland.
  • VFX & 3D Technology are growth industries in Ireland and Internationally with lots of employment opportunities available now and in the future.
  • VFX / 3D Studios operating in Ireland include Brown Bag Films, Giant Animation, Screen Scene VFX, Windmill Lane VFX, Piranhabar, Egg Post Production, GLUE VFX, Raygun Post Production and Outer Limits Post Production.
  • Course resources include industry-standard hardware/software like Maya, Nuke, Photoshop, Zbrush, Mari, Mudbox, VRay, Arnold, Shotgun and access to our cutting edge TV Studio facilities.
  • Tutors on the course have current/relevant industry experience at studios like Brown Bag Films and Windmill Lane VFX.
  • The course includes regular guest speakers and workshops from specialists currently working in the industry locally and internationally.
  • The course was officially launched in October 2016 with guest talks by Richie Baneham (an Academy Award winning VFX Supervisor who worked on Avatar and Lord of the Rings and a graduate of the college); Troy Saliba (Animation Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks); and Graham Gallagher (Creative Director at Windmill Lane VFX and a graduate of the college).
  • On the course we support extra curricular activities like attendance at festivals and studio visits. In the year 2016-17 for example students attended the Animation Dingle festival, cinema screenings, a studio tour of Brown Bag Films and free workshops on VFX related subjects through Screen Training Ireland, such as a talk by Scott Pritchard who was the VFX Supervisor for ILM on ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Typical QQI Level 5 award feeder courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects and 3D Technology)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates may present a variety of portfolio work. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Portfolio work may consist of any or all of the following: Photography, digital artwork, digital images or short video clips which have been either shot, edited or digitally manipulated by the applicant.

PROGRESSION

It is envisaged that graduates of this programme will move from the course directly into employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally. Graduates may also apply for our BA Honours Degree in Visual Media in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media is certified by the University of Dundee, Scotland.

BUSINESS & TOURISM

Business Studies

Course Code BSC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course in Business Studies gives the student a solid foundation in the academic, practical and personal skills required for a career in the business area and also facilitates progression to further study.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Marketing Practice
  • Mathematics
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate / LCVP including Maths and English or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies 5M2102

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE. Suitable Level 5 courses include:

 

Office Administration

Course Code BOS

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This one year course in Office Administration offers students a solid foundation in the exciting area of Business, Office and Administration Studies.  This varied and rewarding programme provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world of business and business practices and to develop the wide range of the skills needed to secure employment in a modern business or office environment.  This course combines the unique aspects of business knowledge with the practical IT and office skills required in today’s business world.

As part of the programme in Office Administration, students partake in modules specific to working in a range of business environments including Customer Service and Business Law. Students also learn practical technical skills in text production, word processing and spreadsheets.

An enjoyable aspect of this course is the out-of-college work experience undertaken by students.  Students participate in a two week work placement where they obtain real-world experience in Business and Office Environments.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The one year course in Office Administration would be an ideal choice for applicants who

  • Are looking for a recognised Business qualification – QQI level 5 Certificate
  • Want an exciting course that combines business knowledge with practical IT / office skills
  • Want to do a one year course to give them an introduction to business
  • Want a course that delivers business theory, practical skills together with hands on work experience

COURSE CONTENT

  • Information and Administration
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Text Production
  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Business Law
  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 Certificate.  The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration 5M1997

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE.

Suitable HND courses include:

HND In Business

Course Code BHND

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

This is a broad based business diploma course which offers students underpinning academic knowledge and business skills. Major emphasis is placed on the development of personal and technical skills required for success in the business world. The learning is student centred and it involves a considerable amount of practical work-related assignments. Currently second year BHND students may apply for international work experience in Finland funded by the Erasmus programme.

The option to specialise in accountancy and finance will be available in second year.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting

Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistics for Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Developing Individuals
  • Teams and Organisations
  • Planning for Growth
  • Managing Accounting (Cost and Budgeting)
  • International Marketing or Management Accounting

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three  O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable QQI Level 5 foundation courses include:

CERTIFICATION

HND in Business

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

BCFE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with the Institute of Technology Tallaght which allows advanced entry into either 2nd or 3rd year of the Business Management Level 8 Degree programme for our Higher National Diploma in Business (BHND) students who have achieved either a pass / merit profile or a merit / distinction profile respectively.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the National College of Ireland may also grant exemption from year one and in some cases year two of relevant degree courses on an individual basis.

Certificate In Travel & Tourism

Course Code RTC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This travel and tourism course is a broad tourism course aimed at those students who are interested in a career in travel and tourism. Students will do a range of areas, from cabin crew training, airline studies to travel agent studies. At the end of the year, students will be awarded with two tourism qualifications, a QQI level 5 certificate in travel and tourism and a certificate from the International Academy of Travel, which covers cabin crew training, passenger services and travel agent training.

Qualified students will graduate with the benefit of having gained valuable practical knowledge of how to deal with customers in person or by phone, a better understanding of the necessary skills required in the tourism sector, have a deep understanding of the passenger service agent & cabin crew role and responsibilities, as well as excellent personal presentation and front line people skills adapted to the tourism and travel sector.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Tourism Information and Administration
  • Tourism Principals and Practice
  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Ecotourism
  • Irish Cultural and Heritage Resources
  • Ready for Take Off – this module prepares the student for work in the airline industry either as cabin crew or as passenger service agents. Students wear a uniform one day a week.

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4
Certificate. The academic requirements may bewaived for mature applicants (21+).

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Graduates that receive a Merit profile may apply for entry to the QQI Level 6 Travel and Tourism course which includes an Erasmus+ programme where students work abroad for 6 weeks. Students can also apply for entry to other higher national diploma courses offered in the college.

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

FACILITIES

  • Trips and excursions to various tourist destinations in Ireland
  • Hosting college events as part of work experience
  • Work experience in organisations, such as travel agencies, hotels and museums.
  • Interview techniques
  • Personal presentation skills
  • Job applications
  • Wearing a uniform one day per week
  • Intensive one day training in Waterford airport
  • Cabin crew duties and responsibilities
  • Checking-in and boarding passengers

Advanced Certificate in Tourism with Business

Course Code RHB

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

The Advanced Certificate in Tourism with Business is a vibrant and fast paced course which prepares students for direct employment in the growing Tourism industry. The course provides practical hands-on experience and an insight into the skills and team work essential in Customer Service and in the Event Management Sector. Students have the opportunity to complete a six week work placement abroad which is supported by Erasmus+. Placement countries are currently Finland and Malta. Alternatively placements can be completed in Ireland. The course includes College organized trips to Heritage and Cultural sites on the island of Ireland as well as engaging guest lecturers from varying sectors of the Tourism industry.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Irish Cultural and Natural Heritage
  • Tourism Policy and Practice
  • Consultative Selling
  • Airport Passenger Services
  • Event Management
  • Work Experience
  • Global Distribution Systems
  • Customer Service

 STUDENTS’ WORK

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ENTRY REQUIREMENT

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and four O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable QQI Level 5 awards include:

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Tourism with Business. (6M5012)

PROGRESSION

Graduates are expected to enter into employment in a wide range of tourism based activities or they may progress to higher education options.

SOCIAL CARE

Community & Health Services

Course Code SCH

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the area of Social Care which will enable them to achieve both the practical and academic skills necessary for further study and future employment. Work experience is an integral part of the course. This takes place in early January for a four week period in a range of caring situations working with people with learning difficulties, mental health problems, physical disability and with disadvantaged youth.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Psychology
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Equality and Disability
  • Work Experience
  • Social Studies

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme 

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies/ Social Care in BCFE.

Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code SCC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

The childcare course is designed for students interested in working with children. Students learn about the practices and procedures involved in taking care of children. Work experience is an integral part of the course. It consists of one day each week and a two week block placement.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Communications
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Social Studies
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme .

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies/ Social Care in BCFE.

Pre-Nursing

Course Code SPN

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This course is aimed at students who wish to enter nursing in Ireland or in the UK. Nursing theory and practice is taught by a Clinical Nurse Practitioner. Development of practical skills and personal qualities is emphasised throughout the course to equip students for further study in nursing training or future employment. Practical training days and visits to hospitals are provided throughout the course. Work experience makes up approximately 25% of the course. Students go to hospitals and other nursing centres to gain experience in all fields of nursing: general, paediatric, mental handicap, psychiatric, and geriatric.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social Studies
  • Communications and Word Processing
  • Care Provision and Practice

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP preferably including a Science subject or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. Relevant work experience is also an advantage. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Progression to certain Irish Schools of Nursing is now possible for a small number of pre-Nursing graduates through places reserved for QQI graduates. For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme 

The course also has links with specific UK colleges which may recruit graduates to train in the UK. Applicants should note that Leaving Certificate grades higher than the minimum entry requirements for this course are required for direct entry to nursing in Ireland and in the UK.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies/ Social Care in BCFE.

HND in Applied Social Studies

Course Code SHND

Course Duration: 2 Years

OVERVIEW

Designed and developed by the experienced staff of the Social Care Department the Higher National Diploma is a comprehensive and challenging course comprising both academic and practical modules. Art, drama and music therapy is an innovative and creative module on the programme while stress management and relaxation therapy further enhances the students’ skillset. Work experience is an essential part of the programme. This practical component enables students to develop the skills and qualities required of workers in the field. There are two placements of five weeks during the course. Students work with vulnerable groups such as those who experience mental health issues, people with intellectual disabilities, the travelling community, homeless people, substance abusers and early school leavers. Special schools and residential centres, hospitals and rehabilitation workshops, day care and training centres feature on our wide range of work placement options. The academic component involves a comprehensive study of the sociological, psychological, legal, ethical, practical and procedural aspects of social care work. Students develop strong research, presentation and analytical skills which are necessary for further studies.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 1

  • Psychology for Social Care Professionals
  • Applied Sociology for Social Care Professionals
  • Social Care Procedure
  • Introduction to Academic Research Skills
  • Law for Social Care Practitioners
  • Mental Health and Disability
  • Practice Placement in a Social Care Setting

Year 2

  • Creative Skills in the Social Care Sector
  • Social Care Procedures
  • Health, Nutrition and Safety in the Care Sector
  • Supportive Relationships in Social Care
  • Social Policy and Social Administration
  • Research Study
  • Work Experience in a Social Care Setting.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Suitable QQI Level 5 awards include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.

CERTIFICATION

HND in Applied Social Studies

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

PROGRESSION

Suitably qualified graduates have been eligible to apply for advanced entry to 2nd or 3rd year of cognate degree programmes in Institutes of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.

 

Graduates may also apply for Degree courses in Universities in Britain and Northern Ireland and may gain exemption from the first year of such courses.

Care of The Person With Special Needs

Course Code SNC

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

This one year full time course has a dual purpose award. It is designed for those who have an interest in working as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) or Special Needs Assistant (SNA). The course is structured to give students a strong knowledge base in the practices and procedures to work in both these fields. Employment can be sought on completion of this course in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community care or in a residential care setting. Work experience is an integral part of this course and consists of a minimum three weeks block placement during the academic year. In addition the course provides the students with a unique opportunity to participate in BCFE’s Community Partnership Programme with a local primary school.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Social Studies
  • Work Experience
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Special Needs Assisting (level 5 and level 6)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 Certificate. Relevant work-experience is an advantage. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.

CERTIFICATION

PROGRESSION

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies/ Social Care in BCFE.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Return to Learning (Craft)

Course Code RTL (Craft) (BTEI)

Course Duration: 1 Year

Overview

The Return to Learning (BTEI) Craft course is a foundation course for adults.  The aim of the course is to give adults who left school early or who are a long time out of education the opportunity to return to education and to participate in a year of learning and exploration.  Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for further study.

This Back to Education Jobs Initiative (BTEI enables adults to return to learning in a positive and supportive environment.  Classes are small and personal attention is assured.

Course Content

This programme is timetabled for mornings, 16 hours per week.    Content includes:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Personal & Interpersonal Development
  • Computer Applications
  • Work Based Experience
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Drawing
  • Textiles
  • Painting

BTEI is free to

  • All with less than upper-second level education or (Level 4 or 5)
  • All those in receipt of Social Welfare Payment
  • All those dependent on a Social Welfare recipient
  • All those with a current medical card
  • All those signing for credits

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme.  Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.

Certification

QQI Level 4 Certificate in General Learning (4M2010)

Progression

Students who successfully complete RTL may apply for entry to QQI Level 5 courses in BCFE and other Colleges of Further Education.  Students may also apply for entry to University Access courses.

Return To Learning

Course Code RTL (BTEI)

Course Duration: 1 Year

OVERVIEW

The Return to Learning (BTEI) course is a foundation course for adults. The aim of the course is to give adults who left school early or who are a long time out of education the opportunity to return to education and to participate in a year of learning and exploration. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for further study.

This Back to Education Jobs Initiative (BTEI) enables adults to return to learning in a positive and supportive environment. Classes are small and personal attention is assured.

COURSE CONTENT

This programme is timetabled for a maximum of 17 hours per week.

Content includes:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Personal and Interpersonal Development
  • Customer Service
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Computer Applications
  • Work Experience

BTEI IS FREE TO:

  • All with less than upper-second level education or (Level 4 or 5)
  • All those in receipt of Social Welfare Payment
  • All those dependent on a Social Welfare recipient
  • All those with a current medical card
  • All those signing for credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.

CERTIFICATION

QQI Level 4 Certificate in General Learning 4M2010

PROGRESSION

Students who successfully complete RTL may apply for entry to QQI Level 5 courses in BCFE and other Colleges of Further Education. Students may also apply for entry to University Access courses.

Night School & Part-Time 2018/2019

See the BCFE Adult Education page for links to courses starting Sept 2018.

General Information

Enrolments

Enrolment times are evenings and 3rd & 5th and  10th , 12th September 2018, from 6-8pm in the main building.

All classes commence week beginning Monday 17th September 2018 unless otherwise stated. Full payment must be received before attending classes.

Postal enrolments will be accepted and should be accompanied by course name and applicant contact details including mobile number and email address. Please note that receipts for postal enrolments will not be issued until week commencing 28th August 2018

Classes

ATI 2 will commence Monday 3rd September. All courses and times and content may be changed at the discretion of the College. Classes may be amalgamated where needed. Students should review course content on the relevant websites of QQI, ATI, as appropriate to view the suitability of the course for their needs.

Payment

Please review individual course information regarding payment, which may be made by postal order or bank draft. Cash will not be accepted and payment must be received before course commencement. Receipts issued by An Post/ Banks for the purchase of postal orders/ bank drafts should be retained for your own records. Card payments can be made to the Director of Adult Education.

Invoices

Please request an invoice in writing from  BCFE or by fax 01 6266754 giving full course and personal details. One weeks notice is required.

Refunds

Fees will not be refunded unless a class fails to form. In such a case, fees will be refunded by CDETB Head Office in due course.

Receipts

The receipt issued at registration is your official receipt and replacement receipts cannot be issued.

If you are a community organisation / company or group of individuals, please contact us to customise training or a course for you utilising our modern teaching facilities and highly qualified teaching staff at a competitive rate!

We look forward to meeting you in September!

Caroline McKenna – Cooper, Director of Adult Education
Gerry Johnson, Assistant Director

Contact Details

Term time night.school@bcfe.cdetb.ie
During holidays until end August info@bcfe.cdetb.ie

Tel 01 6269 421
Fax 01 6266 754

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