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 What is the difference between Communications (D131) and Multimedia (DC133) ? What kind of jobs could I work in after I study Communications?

 Multimedia focuses on the more technical, behind-the-scenes aspects of digital media production. If you would like a job in media or related industries but not sure what part yet, Communications may be the one for you. However, there is some overlap; and it doesn't mean by doing Multimedia , this limits your pathway into broadcast or 'traditional media' production, for example- not at all.  Lots of cross-pollination of jobs now between broadcast and 'new' types of digital media.

You can also read what our Multimedia and Communications get up to every day by looking at our student blogs

What would be the differences between studying Communications (DC 131) in DCU compared to other similar courses in other colleges? 

Communications and related courses in DCU has consistently produced graduates that have gone on to the top level in media (Irish Times editor and RTE director general!). We offer a good blend of theory (study of audiences, social media, business of media etc) and practice (media training - we have 2 radio studios, a TV studio and a photo lab including darkroom). Also, Communications at DCU offers a broad scope if you are not sure yet where in media you are headed, or what role would suit you. We also emphasise the practice of keeping a portfolio. And our Media Production Society has been a launchpad for many media careers (its currently Ireland's best university society) 

I would love to do Communications but I don't think I got enough points, can you recommend any alternatives? 

There are a selection of post-leaving cert courses in media etc available. The best advice is to start thinking about local radio, newspapers etc, 'cutting your teeth' by being involved practically (even short voluntary stints) in communications and media, so that if you do apply later, you will have begun your portfolio.

Can I work as a sports journalist adfter Journalism (DC132) in DCU? 

Journalism is taught as a set of skills and knowledge sets to identify, research and report on important topics in today's society, as well as cultural issues. Many of our students go on to specialise, such as careers in fashion, sports or music journalism. But remember, sometimes the experience of being involved professionally or otherwise with sport makes a good sports journalist.  But to arrive there via the journalism route, you will need to first know the basics of journalism.

 Is there more emphasis on the Irish or Journalism for the Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht course?

It's more or less 50/50. Half the modules  relate to Gaeilge (language skills, linguistics, literature) and the other half relate to journalism. The important thing to note is that some of modules relating to journalism are taught through Irish. Most practical skills modules, for example are taught through Irish whereas the theoretical modules 'Media Law', 'Ethics of Journalism' are taught through English. The full list of modules can be found here. Any title as Gaeilge is taught through Irish and Vice Versa.

  What are the advantageous of doing Irish and Journalism rather than Journalism itself? 

It really depends on what you want yourself. If you are interested in Journalism but also interested in Irish it's the course for you. The course is split 50/50 in such a way that half the course you study Journalism modules and the other half with Irish language modules in which you study the language. It does mean that you will be in a position to work in Irish language media (provided you are good enough). There would also be other career paths open to you such as being a translator or working with another aspect of the Irish language. The Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht graduates have followed many different career paths including: print media, broadcast media, marketing, teaching, researching to name but a few.  It should be noted that many of the Journalism modules are taught through Irish. You can find the list here; if the module name is in English that means the module is taught through English.

  I'm thinking of doing Economics, Politics and Law (DC230) and I'm wondering how much Maths is involved in economics? 

There is certainly some Maths involved in the economics part of the EPL degree but if you are doing higher level economics for Leaving cert and doing well you should be well able for the Maths component of the EPL degree.  

 I'm not quite sure what the difference is between a solicitor and a barrister? How many people in first year roughly take law through Arts in DCU?


The main difference between a solicitor and barrister is that barristers tend to represent clients in court & work for themselves. Solicitors do have a right of audience (to appear in court & represent their clients) however they tend not to do so.Solicitors can be contacted directly by members of the public about legal issues e.g. divorce, buying a house, drafting a will. Barristers cannot be contacted directly by members of the public, the client's solicitor will contact a barrister if they need to be represented in court proceedings. Solicitors tend to work as partners or for companies such as A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Matheson, Mason Hayes & Curran.

Approximately 60 students.

  What type of student would be suited to studying Law?


Someone who is interested in finding out how the law impacts on everyday life. If you are someone who likes to read a lot then law would be the course for you as it involves reading a lot of case law and legislation.  Law would also suit students who are interested in research and writing. If you like to deal with people, law is a good career as you would liaise with clients to help them resolve their legal problems.

Why not read the blog of one of our current Law students to see what he get's up to.

 How do you go on to become a solicitor after studying Law through Arts? When do you choose the subjects for Arts?


You would have to sit the Law Society entrance exams which are known as the FE-1s after you complete your degree. There are 8 exam papers - further information is available at
You don't actually need to have a law degree to be eligible to sit the Law Society exams to qualify as a solicitor, however it does help to have studied law when preparing for the FE-1 exams as these are all based on the core law modules you would study on an undergraduate law degree. Provided that you pass the FE-1 exams, you will then commence your solicitor training course at the Law Society.

You choose your subjects straight away when you register.

   Im unsure what an Arts course is and what is involved. COuld you explain some more?

The DCU Arts degree provides the opportunity to study two subjects of interest to you. For example, you can choose English and Irish or History and English or Geography and Music ( Some students will choose to do an Arts degree with the possibility of completing a Professional Masters in Education when they finish. This alternative route to primary teaching is through the Postgraduate application process. This is a very competitive route and there are no specific requirements in terms of what you have studied in your undergraduate degree (any level 8 degree will suffice - it doesn't have to be an Arts degree). You still need to fulfil the entry requirements in Gaeilge, English and Maths in LC. You would also need to complete two interviews, one in English and one in Irish. Any practical experience you can talk about during those interviews that demonstrates an interest in teaching would be beneficial, e.g. work experience or volunteering. That said it is very competitive, and there would be no guarantee of achieving a place.