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Journalism and Photography, QQI Level 5 at Waterford College of Further Education

Why Journalism and Photography?

The world is changing fast. Never before in history have so many people the power to make an impact on world affairs. The internet has allowed us all to become citizen journalists, observers of our society. It has given us the power to demand change, to fight for justice, to entertain, to spread ideas.

Employers from all sectors are looking for a modern graduate, a multi- skilled individual, someone who can immediately go out there and do the job. Our graduates fit that profile. Our students can immediately apply for National Union of Journalists membership once the course starts. We believe in doing journalism and well as learning about it.

We combine journalism with the visual subjects like photography and image processing, because we listened to graduates from other courses, graduates who were not offered the option to do both and came back to us. This course has everything you need. It’s practical and comprehensive. It’s nationally recognised for its excellence. It has links to industry and third level. We are not shy of saying that this course is the ‘business’.

The Journalism and Photography course at WCFE offers everything a journalist needs starting out. We offer the entire toolkit of skills desired by employers in the media industry. We also offer you the media savvy you need to set up independently on line and become a social influencer.

Would it suit me?

Our students come from all age groups and backgrounds, what they share is the desire to document and change the world around them. Some love to write, others can’t wait to get behind a radio desk, others still love imagery and photography. Their interests range from current affairs, to music, to sports, to gaming, to travel and fashion. There is a market out there for new voices and we can give you the skills you need to make your voice heard.

Confidence is not a pre- requisite, the media offers a fertile field of opportunity for those behind the scenes as well as in front of the microphone. We can guarantee that this course will build your confidence though and hone your creativity. One of our past students went from 'too shy to talk in front of people' to bringing an audience at Trinity College to their feet by the end of the year. There’s a place here for you and the skills you can bring to the course.


We have a dedicated digital radio studio for our students, a darkroom and a photography studio. We also have a professional recording studio for our sister course, Sound Engineering and Music Technology, which our journalism students frequently use when interviewing bands and famous people.

A journalistic background is a massive plus in all academic career paths. Think outside the box. The ability to reason, research, write, document, interview, photograph, film, understand body language and communication on a high level, means that our students are sought by third level colleges nationwide. They have a head start on everyone else and the opportunity to make an income by freelancing. Some have even made a living purely from creating content on YouTube channels.

Past graduates have worked in RTE, BBC, local and regional media. One of the biggest satirical websites in the country was developed by one of ours.

Course Content at a Glance

This exciting full-time course offers a complete skillset for a career in 21st century media; digital photography, broadcasting, digital radio and writing for traditional and online platforms. Live streaming using new media is also explored. Students build an impressive portfolio covering journalism, photojournalism and broadcast journalism. As this is a NUJ recognised course, our students can apply for NUJ membership. Our Level 6 Advanced Audio Visual Media programme also offers onsite progression for students on this course.

What Subjects Will I Be Doing?

- Writing for Journalism

- Photographic Techniques (Digital Photography)

- Radio Programme Production

- Research Skills for Journalism

- Media Analysis

- Technical Skills for Journalism

- Communications

- Work Experience

- Desktop Publishing

- Image Processing

What happens when I graduate?

The world is your oyster basically. You can go straight into working in the media or start up your own online business. Most of our graduates go on to Third Level degress, in a whole range of disciplines. Some avail of our additional links with media dedicated course providers and specialise in one area of the media.

We also offer a progression course at WCFE, Advanced Certificate in Audio/ Visual Media, a Level 6 QQI course. This course offers film and radio documentary production, scoring for film and games and sound engineering at a more advanced level. This course is experimental, creative and embraces all aspect of the arts. Applicants include WCFE art, multimedia, journalism and photography and sound engineering students. We have many applicants who have previoius experience in media and wish to learn how to set up their own production company.

Apply before Friday 26th March at and secure your place on one of the most dynamic, exciting courses in the South East....Journalism and Photography. Make your 2018 count and make your mark on the world.


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