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Higher Diploma in Arts in Journalism and New Media Content

Do you want to learn the practical skills that will open up a career in traditional and new media? If so, a new higher diploma course from IT Carlow and Carlow College could be just what you’re looking for!

The two colleges, in association with Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, have just launched the Higher Diploma in Arts in Journalism and New Media. This one-year Level 8 course aims to equip you with the writing, research and analytical skills that you’ll need to make a career in the fields of journalism, media and communications. It is the only third level journalism course in the southeast.

Covering such subjects as news gathering and reporting, feature writing, digital journalism and storytelling, media law, values and ethics, broadcasting and media entrepreneurship, the course will involve two evening classes a week during the academic year, as well as seven Saturdays. Teaching will be a hybrid of face to face and online classes.

The higher diploma runs from this September until May 2022 and with Skillnet funding will cost €1,000 per
person (the unsubsidised price would be €2,500).

To be accepted on this pilot course, you must have an NFQ Level 7/8 major award in an unrelated area and numbers will be strictly limited to 18 students. A pre-interview is required before students will be accepted.

Applications for the Higher Diploma in Arts in Journalism and New Media are open from Tuesday 4 May to 4pm on Thursday 1 July 2021. Interviews will take place by phone or Zoom and places will be offered afterward the interview process is completed. To apply follow the instructions here or email

Entry Requirements:
Applicants require an NFQ Level 7/8 Major Award in a non-cognate area for entry to this programme.

• One year
• Two evenings a week
• Plus seven Saturdays during the academic year

Programme Fees:
With Skillnet funding, the cost is €1,000 per person (unsubsidised price €2,500)

How to Apply:
To apply follow the instructions here or email

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