Online course with RTÉ Cork can offer a route into TV production

September 20th, 2018 5:22 PM

By Emma Connolly

RTÉ's Colm Crowley approached CIT to develop the course.

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ASPIRING West Cork based creatives are being invited to apply for a  new online post-grad course in TV Production in CIT and  in conjunction with RTE Cork. 

Aimed at those wanting to launch a career in TV programme making, as well as those already in the industry wanting to upskill, with a maximum of around 12 places, it offers a unique opportunity, regardless of where you live. 

The course was devised at the specific request of RTÉ (which is headed up by Drimoleague woman Dee Forbes) which has a need for more TV producers. 

Course co-ordinator Anne-Marie Greene explained: ‘Colm Crowley, head of RTÉ Cork approached us to develop the course as they were not getting people in who had an awareness of television production. And of course a benefit of the course is a guaranteed placement of 14 weeks in RTÉ, as well as an independent production company,’ she said. 

The course will mainly be conducted online, with some workshops taking place at weekends. 

‘Most of the students on the course are already working either full or part-time or may have childcare considerations so it’s designed for them, with lots of lunch-time and early morning sessions. Of course everything is recorded as well, but it’s preferable to attend live.’

 Independent television production is a growing sector, explained Anne-Marie: ‘TV is expanding while funding for film is contracting. Television, with its multiple platforms, needs more and more content, and for a global market. 

‘This course is for ideas people and also people with a technical background.’

She pointed out that Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson started in TV production, along with lots of other big names.

‘Importantly, there are jobs in the sector,’ she said, adding that of  those who did the course which started last year, many are already working in the industry.

Anne-Marie pointed out that location was irrelevant as all that was needed was sound broadband. 

‘If we’ve learned anything from the Ludgate and Skibbereen having the fastest broadband in the country, it’s that good broadband allows you to work and learn everywhere.

The distance to major urban areas is so less relevant than even a few years ago.’

Course content takes in TV production, audio visual production, researching, directing, camera operation, sound recording and video editing, live programming and documentary making.

The course cost is €2,000 and it runs for one year from September to May, the regular academic year. 

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