This award-winning Higher Diploma in Television and Media Production will commence again this September 2020 with an exciting and innovative brand new blend of practical workshops and online classes
It has been a record year for the Higher Diploma in Television and Media Production at the National Student Media Awards 2020.
Eight students from the Waterford Institute of Technology and Nemeton TV course were nominated in three categories for their imaginative and compelling films and went on to win two of the top awards. “These are absolutely fabulous quality productions from WIT” announced the SMEDIAS host on the night.
Údaras na Gaeltachta Award for Best Irish Language Production
Acclaimed Dungarvan photographer and videomaker John Foley has won the Údaras na Gaeltachta Award for Best Irish Language Production for his film Díoltas | Revenge. This moving docu-drama traces the brutal kidnapping, imprisonment and eventual execution of RIC District Inspector Gilbert Potter during the War of Independence. “I’m delighted that my film Díoltas got two nominations. Thank you to everyone in Nemeton especially the other students and lecturers for the wonderful experience”. Following the successful broadcast of ‘Díoltas’ on TG4, John is currently planning his next historical documentary.
TG4 BLOC Award for Best Bilingual Short Film
County Meath filmmaker Helena Keane has won the TG4 BLOC Award for Best Bilingual Short Film for Dosheachanta | Inevitable. Starring fellow filmmaker Eannaí O Sullivan from Cork, the spooky drama is a thriller with a twist! Helena has made great use of the skills that she acquired on the Nemeton TV and Waterford Institute of Technology course. She is delighted to be pursuing her dream of working in drama on Macalla’s feature film Mo Ghra Bhuan and TG4’s long running drama Ros na Rún. “I wasn’t expecting to win at all, all the other films nominated from our course are really fantastic” said Helena when the award was announced.
There is good news for anyone interested in producing, directing and editing short drama, documentary film or digital marketing content. This award-winning Higher Diploma in Television and Media Production will commence again this September 2020 with an exciting and innovative brand new blend of practical workshops and online classes. The eight-month course is uniquely tailored to the needs of students and is particularly suited to those who wish to develop their skills while also working.
The industry-focused nature of the postgraduate course attracts participants from all over Ireland who are keen to avail of workshops which are led by film and television professionals with extensive experience. Masterclasses are also presented by award-winning filmmakers, including producer Paddy Hayes (Rúbai, Eipic), writer Darach Mac Con Iomaire (Corp + Anam, Red Rock) and director Paula Kehoe (Deargdhúil – Anatomy of Passion, Hiroshima, My Bright Love). Further specialist workshops are provided by sound designer Keith Alexander (Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, Starboard Home), director of photography Cathal Watters (Peaky Blinders, Finding Joy) and composer and musician Dawn Kenny who has collaborated with U2 and Brian Eno.
High regard in media sector
Not surprisingly, the postgraduate course is highly regarded in the media sector and has an excellent employment record. Graduates go on to work in TG4, RTÉ, the BBC and in top companies such as Tyrone Productions, Nemeton TV, Independent Pictures and Magamedia. Alumni include producer Rebecca Speer (David Brophy’s Choir of Ages, Cleas Act), assistant director Aoife Doyle (Cursed, Into the Badlands), producer Edel Fox (Noel Hill – Aisling Gearr, Gradaim Cheoil), editor Alan Devitt (Dr. Eva’s Portuguese Adventure, Goggglebox), director and editor Oisín Mistéil (Ar Thóir na Crown Jewels, Ros na Rún), director and cameraman Craig Speers (Out of their League, Pet Surgeons) and producer Caroline Dalton (Drivetime, The Ray Darcy TV Show).
Graduates also combine their new-found skills with existing talents. Musician and accountant Iarfhlaith O Domhnaill graduated from the course in 2020 and has now found employment as the Financial Manager and Documentary Film Editor at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
The high-quality films produced on the course are broadcast on TG4’s series Céad Seans | First Chance and achieve recognition at festivals around Ireland. They have been winning at the National Student Media Awards since 2014.