Certificate in Media Studies and Digital Media Skills

NFQ Level





12 weeks







The Certificate in Media Studies and Digital Media Skills is divided into two parts. The first part of the course introduces learners to key concepts and theories in media studies and the changing nature of media, including the power of media, challenges for media regulation and the ownership and control of media. This section will also explore the relationship and role of the media in democracy, with reference to the freedom, responsibility, and accountability of the press.

The second part of the course equips learners with a diverse range of transferrable skills in digital and social media to enable the application of learning to the virtual environment.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Delivery: One evening per week (3-hours) for 12 weeks. See January 2024 Programme Schedule for further details.

The course will work on developing media and political literacy, as well as digital skills as part of conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of evidence and data through a media lens. 

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media
  • Contemporary and New Media
  • Critical Media Literacy
  • Digital Media Skills: curation and maintenance of online presence and familiarisation with key website builders and domain management.
  • Media Analysis and Research Methods


Learners will gain experience and skill in web development software through project learning (weebly, wix, squarespace) and establishment and use of an online social networking profile (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

Entry Requirements

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with Carlow College Admission Guidelines and Procedures for Part-Time Learners


Course fees are €350 and payable at registration.


Applications for Certificates commencing in January open in late October. Full application details are available here

The Certificate in Media Studies and Digital Media Skills
is validated by the South East Technological University.

Course Contacts

Dr Eoghan Smith

Course Enquiries

T: 059 9153257

E: esmith@carlowcollege.ie

Admissions Office

Admissions Enquiries

T: 059 9153268

E: directentry@carlowcollege.ie

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