BA in Communication Studies

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 15,000 / year

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Understand the role that communication plays in our daily lives and its influence on people and society through the arts and the media. You will explore the topic through theory and practice and work both creatively and analytically.

The course will give you an in-depth understanding of the role that communications play in local, national and international settings by teaching you how to think critically about communication in its various forms. It will also introduce you to the various careers available to graduates and help you decide which one interests you the most.

The program includes basic, core, production and optional modules in performance, audio, images and video.

Program description

The Communication Studies course is structured around four key elements: core modules, core modules, production modules, and optional modules.

The first year core modules provide a foundation in the disciplines you will need for more advanced work in later years.

The core modules in years two and three will help you develop a critical awareness of developments in the areas of communication, media, and cultural studies.

Production modules ensure that you develop skills in audio, video, images, and communication / presentation skills.

With your optional modules, you will develop expertise in a number of key areas that reflect your particular skills and aspirations. Senior’s Optional (Non-Productive) Research Project is an original academic piece of work.

You will develop a theoretical understanding of communication, the media and society while learning the basics of media production.

Benefit from a performance line that runs in parallel to the audio, image and video production modules

Participate and contribute to the oldest Bachelor of its kind in Ireland, with a reputation for academic and creative excellence.

Learn from staff with a wide range of professional experience in print and electronic media, academic research, and teaching.

Career options

Communications professionals are needed in almost every industry. A Communications graduate can take advantage of opportunities in a variety of sectors in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Through your Communication Studies degree here at DCU, you will gain strong skills in critical and analytical thinking, the ability to question and understand our societies through the media and the culture, as well as how to communicate through all forms of media.

This course offers great flexibility for your future career that will allow you to work and live anywhere, move between sectors and follow your passion, whether in a creative role, participation in a political campaign or fundraiser for a non-profit organization; among many other jobs and careers.

Good communications are also essential for leadership positions in any business or industry. The title also provides a solid foundation for further study.

Career areas:

  • Internal communications
  • Communications consulting
  • Journalism
  • Film making / television programming
  • Independent media and production companies
  • Public service
  • Marketing / advertising in digital media
  • Event handling
  • Internal public relations communications
  • Post
  • ONG

Program structure

  • Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Social Studies
  • Digital Media Production Skills
  • Visual media text analysis
  • Media history and structure
  • Introduction to communication studies
  • Psychology, Media and Creativity
  • Critical thinking and independent learning
  • Perspectives on the network society
  • Audio production
  • Photography and images
  • Media expression and writing
  • Media audiences
  • Means and power
  • Cinema, History and Theory
  • Theorizing social networks in everyday life
  • Sports, Media and Society
  • The music industries
  • Social class and media
  • Women, feminism and the CCI
  • Analyzing advertising
  • Crime, surveillance and the media
  • Perspectives on the information society
  • Apply communication theory
  • Video production
  • Communication, presentation and performance
  • Media Law
  • Theorizing social networks in everyday life
  • Television drama
  • Religion and media society
  • Communication, Culture and Environment
  • Dissertation 1
  • Dissertation 2
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Race and the media
  • Science, technology and society
  • Uaneen – Contribution module
  • Uaneen non-contributory module

Admission requirements

  • As a general requirement, a Bachelor’s Degree / Baccalaureate Diploma / General Baccalaureate / Professional Degree from a recognized university with, minimum, is required a subject in mathematics.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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