Available Courses within the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy

The following courses delivered by these partners make up the Academy

MA Journalism (University of Ulster, Coleraine)

The course provides a comprehensive professional and university qualification for those who want to work as journalists internationally. It was the first MA course internationally to achieve dual accreditation to provide multiplatform journalism - print, online, radio and TV. Past students have won top awards in Ireland and the UK and hold senior positions in news organisations. The industry's National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredits it. In 2009 it was named the best performing NCTJ course in the UK based on exam results and students' multimedia portfolios. It includes a six week placement within the media industry, industry talks and career advice.

MA Media Management and Policy (University of Ulster, Belfast and online)

This indsutry-licensed programme addresses the need for enhanced management skills in relation to media production and the creative industries. The course is not intended to provide production training as such but to develop the entrepreneurial skills, cultural awareness, organizational understanding, project management abilities and creativity of those already engaged in, or intending to engage in, media production at a range of levels. The course has a particular emphasis on concept development and on the managerial competences needed to realize a concept, including financial management and project planning. It delivered via a one week block of industry-delivered lectures in Belfast at the end of September and end of January. Then by e-learning between the classes. Some specialist workshops are also scheduled throughout the academic year. Bursaries may be available for people working in industry or those who are self-employed who may wish to complete this course.  Irish language bursaries are also available.

MA Documentary Practice (University of Ulster, Coleraine)

The MA Documentary Practice course is a practice-led course to develop the documentary makers of the future. It also covers concept development, screenwriting and theoretical aspects of documentary making. Those who successfully complete the course will make two documentaries as part of their assignment. These are made under supervision and guidance.

BA Media Studies and Production (University of Ulster, Coleraine)

Students acquire professionally accredited media production skills in radio, television, digital photography and video as well as studying theoretical aspects of the media. Modules on the course cover subjects such as Hollywood and Irish cinema, popular television, media coverage of Northern Ireland, interactive media, photography, television production and the representation of gender and race. It also includes a short professional placement in the media,industry talks and career advice.

BA Interactive Media Arts (University of Ulster, Coleraine)

Interactive Media Arts allows students acquire professional industry accredited qualifications in interactive media production. As part of the course students can gain additional qualifications from Adobe, the world's leading media production software company, which are recognised internationally. 
The academic emphasis is on undertanding content and how the interactive media industry works. It also includes a professional placement in the media, industry talks, live professional projects and career advice.

HND Moving Image (Belfast Metropolitan College)

You will be engaged in the making of documentaries, dramas and advertising. In the course of this work you will have the opportunity to explore the roles of producer, director and cameraperson. In following the programme you will increase your creativity, technical competence and autonomy.

HND Moving Image (North West Regional College, Derry city campus)

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in future employment, or for progression to an undergraduate degree. Teaching, covering many aspects of the TV, video and film industry, take place in the purpose-designed media suite in the Northland Building.

HND Interactive Media (North West Regional College, Derry city campus)

This  course  addresses the demand from industry  for multimedia professionals. It requires a balance of skills in computing and artistic studies. You  obtain skills such as web site creation, movie and sound editing, 3D modelling, plus interactive media and authoring.