There was a buzzing atmosphere at ITT yesterday evening as prospective students attended an Open Day aimed at 2015 CAO applicants. Each department was represented, with lecturers on hand and more than willing to sit down with applicants and answer questions. There was also a schedule of talks from the Humanities, Science and Engineering departments.
I attended the talk on Creative Digital Media. I find multimedia is an area of growing demand amongst my students so I was curious to find out more about this course. I was given detailed information from the Programme Co-Ordinator and course lecturer, Jean O’Halloran and the photography lecturer, Tom Jenner. Both Jean and Tom exuded enthusiasm and passion for their subjects. They spoke about the dedication of the students, their creativity and commitment to the course.
Creative Digital Mediais a 4 year Level 8 course. The CAO points in 2014 were 320. This course is also open to mature students and FETAC students. The course was described as very ‘hands on’ in nature; approx 65% practical and 35% theory based. The class is small, comprising of approx 30 students per year. Most of these students chose this course as their first preference on the CAO. Unlike similar courses in IADT and DIT, this course does not require a portfolio for entry. This decision was made to allow students who may not come from an artistic background an equal chance of getting on the course.
Students are exposed to the fundamentals of photography; learning how to make a pinhole camera before advancing to the most modern digital cameras. Understanding the basic of photography is necessary because it informs students on how light and photography work and enables students to make better use of modern equipment. Tom gave a fascinating commentary of his students work, I can only imagine how inspiring and passionate he must be as a lecturer.
Photography is only one element of this fascinating course. Students explore the world of Media, Radio, TV and Film, AV Technology, Cultural Studies, Language (elective), Digital Media and more. There are varied opportunities for graduates in the world of media, photography, TV and radio. Recent graduates have gone on to work in RTE, TV3, Channel 4, Windmill Lane, TG4, Newstalk 106, FM 104, British Eurosport, The Gallery of Photography and Getty Images. Other graduates have continued with their studies and pursued postgraduate studies in various disciplines such as photography, documentary filmmaking, journalism and advertising.
For more information on this course follow this link.Creative Digital Media ITT
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