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HND in Film

Course Code: IFH

Duration: 2 Years


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.


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


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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:


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


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


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.


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.