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Explore the core fundamentals of film


  • City centre location
  • Limited class sizes
  • Starts 23rd January 2024
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan options


Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
Price from €1095
  • Pay in full & get €100 off listed price


Professional Diploma in Film, Television and Digital Media has two major strands; critical theory and applied practice.

Through this blended approach students will explore the core fundamentals of film (writing, producing, directing, cinematography, montage, sound) and then integrate these elements with a practical, hands-on approach – working with equipment from basic setups, to cinematic packages.

Lectures and practical exercises all combine to offer a diverse and engaging program that aims to challenge students to think critically about their discipline of interest.

Course structure is designed to develop each student’s creative portfolio, providing an excellent foundation and next step into the film, television and digital media industry.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and online nationwide.

  • How does film, television and digital media affect its audience? Introduction to the core fundamentals.
  • Screenplay; Understanding genre, character and story – ‘Three uses of the knife’.
  • Producing; Introduction to Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production workflows.
  • Visual Communication; Lighting, tone, composition, focal length, angles, colour and movement.
  • Sound; Introduction to the concept of psychogeography and the dark art of foley.
  • Understanding Montage; Thesis, antithesis and synthesis with scene analyzing (Live editing).
  • Explore Documentary – Interview techniques, aesthetic and setups; Convey emotions without distorting reality.
  • Practical Workshop; Lights, camera and sound. Film, television & media workflows.
  • Research; Pursuing and developing your vision; from script to screen.
  • Avant-garde; Film as Art, music videos and abstract forms.
  • Longevity within TV series; Developing scripts & characters over multiple seasons.

Students will choose one of the options below. A pass grade will be required for awarding the Diploma.
– A written assignment (2,500 words).
– Video essay (maximum duration 3 minutes).
– Short Film (maximum duration 3 minutes).

Gary De Búit

M.A. (Screenplay) – Queen’s University Belfast. Film & Television – IADT & FAMU
International Prague – B.A. Hons (Direction & Writing). Art & Design (Sculpture) –
GMIT B.A. Criminology & Forensic Psychology (Screenplay based) – City Colleges

Gary stems from the land of hills, poetry and raw-rare people, Co. Monaghan! As an emerging filmmaker he specializes in areas such as; Writing, Direction and Cinematography (Land & Aerial).

Throughout Gary’s creative development, he has always had a strong interest in education and the theoretical progression of one’s practice/passion, completing degrees in Art & Design (Sculpture), Film & Television (IADT, FAMU Prague International) and Masters in Film (Queen’s University Belfast). Gary describes the time spent in these universities as; “Worth its weight in gold” – giving him the fortunate opportunity to be mentored by some exceptional lecturers within the industry; Giovanni Robbiano (screenplay), Pavel Jech (screenplay), Michael Gahut (cinematography), Beth Lazroe (Photography & Visual Communication), Des O’Rawe (Political Film), Jerry Coyle (Acting) and David Keating (Writing, Directing) to name a few.

Since entering into the film industry Gary has worked as an Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Sound Recordist, 1st AD, Cinematographer, Writer & Director and has been involved in 20+ short films (fiction & documentary) that have made successful, worldwide cinema festival outings. Commercially, he has worked with some of the biggest names both inside and outside of Ireland. Recently, Gary was a director on the Fuel Productions team that won two prestigious Eventex awards in 2021 for producing the ‘All Together Gathering Event’ for PayPal. The first of its kind, a live -streamed event designed to gather Paypal employees from 52 countries, 13 time zones and entertain them for 72 hours with an interactive program of performances and workshops. With an unrelenting appetite to create, Gary thrives in these high-pressured environments.

Every production, Gary brings professionalism, a wealth of experience, sensitivity towards the subject, and a drive that only someone who loves what they do could bring to the table.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide students with an intellectual, critical and practical foundation in
regard to the core fundamentals of film, television and digital media.
2. Develop each student’s knowledge and understanding of applied
practice within an industry setting.
3. Each student will learn how to creatively express themselves through
immersive and dynamic course participation.
4. Develop each student’s creative portfolio and become a motivated and
skilled screen professional.
5. Creates an excellent foundation for each student’s next step within the
film, television and digital media industry.

Related Courses

Diploma in Music

Diploma in Podcast & Radio Production

Further Information

Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email

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