Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Media Studies / Media Technology

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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Media Studies (MED) as a discipline comprises theories and methods for examining and creating media texts and for analysing institutions, audiences and technologies. The theory and practical training provided by a degree in media is increasingly essential not only for work in creative and cultural industries, but also for the entire spectrum of industry and public sector institutions.
Media Technologies (MTH)  encompasses the twin challenges of learning to use media technologies creatively and learning to analyse the impact of new media on society and individuals. As a student, you will have an opportunity to explore what happens when technology and imagination meet. You will gain practical experience in a professional studio environment, learning to design digital products and to master, cameras and sound recording equipment, digital image manipulation, web design and basic animation.

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There are three streams available, you may apply to one only.
MH109 MED - Media Studies
MH109 MTH - Media Technologies - Media Studies with Computer Science
MH109 OPC - Open Choice to either degree stream. You can decide which degree stream to take following admission.

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MH109 - Media Studies / Media Technology
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MH109 - Media Studies / Media Technology
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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EMPXX    Media Production
  5M5048  Creative Media
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
EMPRO    Media Production
  6M5130  Media Production
EMXXX    Multimedia
  6M5159  Film and Television Production
  6M5149  Broadcasting
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies

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MED Graduates - with the combination of practical skills, research skills, and a solid grounding in media history, theory and political economy, our graduates seek out careers in television, radio, and film production, journalism, research, creative writing, marketing, advertising and public relations.

MTH Graduates will benefit from a combination of enhanced creativity, practical production skills, and a solid grounding in the theories behind new media. Students should be prepared to enter areas such as web design, advertising, animation and game design, or the technical field of digital media application development. They may also consider careers in more traditional areas of the media, such as journalism, research, marketing and public relations.

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