Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Television – Television and Digital Film Level 5

Course Code ITC

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M18519

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Film and Television Production

A 1-year television and digital film course allowing students to build a visual portfolio in the area of TV Studio Production, Film Production & Photography

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This one-year course in television and digital film will give you the opportunity to build a visual portfolio within the areas of television studio production, film production and photography.

Students will acquire practical skills in both Television and Film Production, including single camera production, non-linear film, and video editing. Through the study of Media Analysis, students gain knowledge of the interactive relationship between the producer, the advertiser, and the audience and how one impacts on the other. These skills will be evidenced in a portfolio of work including Film, Scriptwriting and Photography. This portfolio may be used for progression applications to degree programmes elsewhere. Every student makes one very short fiction film and one factual news piece and experiences every job in the television studio during the production process.

Course Content

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

Entry Requirements

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

Portfolio Guidelines

  • Applicants should bring to the interview samples of their visual work, including 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.


  • Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma Courses in BCFE, such as:
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme  for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities. Students may also use their digital film and video work as a portfolio to apply for entry to Film and Television Degree programmes such as the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire and the Dublin Institute of Technology, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).

Students' Work

This television and digital film course allows students to build a visual portfolio in the areas of TV Studio Production, Film Production and Photography


With supportive, friendly and knowledgeable teaching, BCFE gave me a great foundation in the skills I need to communicate my stories and begin my journey into the industry. Some highlights from the year were the end of year exhibition of our films and photography, taking part in script read-throughs and gaining invaluable teamwork experience. I was able to use my short film “Victim”, which I made as part of the course, to successfully secure a place in the Film and Television Production course in IADT where I’m continuing my education. For the same film I was also nominated for the Student award for Best Drama in The Royal Television Society Awards for the Republic of Ireland. Given that this was my very first film, I was extremely pleased with the nomination, and am thankful to BCFE for providing me with these opportunities
Ian Fallon
Television & Digital Film (ITC, 2018-2019)

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