About the Media and Communication Studies Department
Graduates of Media and Communication Studies here in Mary I are currently working in every radio and television station in Ireland, in most local and national newspapers and in many independent AV and Film production units around the country. Other graduates work in the media further afield, in America, Australia, Great Britain and Europe. Some of our graduates work in publishing, in advertising, in Public Relations and in Human Resources, others choose a career in education, teaching in primary and post-primary schools. Many of our graduates choose to continue to further study and training and this is actively encouraged both within Mary Immaculate College and in other institutions.
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The BA in Liberal Arts programme is unique in Ireland as it gives students the opportunity to take Media and Communication Studies with another subject to degree level. The choices include English, French, Geography, German, History, Irish, Maths, Music, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies. We have found that any one of these subjects works well with Media and Communication studies as those who study the media and aim to work in the media industry need to have a wide ranging knowledge of many areas. We also find that our students tend to have a healthy curiosity about the world we live in and this feeds directly into the work and learning that they engage in over the four year programme.
The Media and Communication Studies programme consists of both practical, production modules and modules that explain how the media influence us, how we use the media and how programmes and films work ideologically, commercially and as entertainment. Students learn to make their own advertisements, news programmes and documentary films and they learn to scriptwrite, write newspaper articles, desk top publishing, audio editing among other production skills. The full list of modules taught is available on BA Media and Communication Studies. Most of our students get involved in live broadcasting on the student radio station jointly run with LIT, WIRED FM.
on a joint graduation
Jenny and Sarah Gilleece
now in the UK and New Zealand
While studying in Mary Immaculate College most of our students take an off-campus year in their third year. This gives them the opportunity to work in paid placements in radio and television stations, in newspapers and magazines, in independent production houses and in marketing departments in Ireland and abroad. It also offers our students the chance to travel and to study abroad in colleges in a variety of countries including the United States of America, Great Britain and most of Europe through the Socrates and other programmes.
with Head of Department
Dr Rosemary Day
Since 2008 the Department is proud to offer a taught, cross campus, post-graduate programme in conjunction with the University of Limerick. This is open to graduates with degrees in a wide range of areas and has proven very attractive to people with years of experience in film production, radio and the newspaper industry .
The Masters in Media Studies (MAMS) is taught over one or two years and is flexible to suit the needs of full time and part time students. To date, demand for places has been high and students have commuted from Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, Clare and Kerry to join those who live in Limerick in availing of this opportunity. Follow this link for an application form
The Department also offers the opportunity of pursuing postgraduate study by research at masters and doctoral level. We currently have five students on assistantships and this means that their fees are paid and they receive a bursary that enables them to concentrate on their research. They also contribute to the work of the Department and this helps to build the relationships we value.
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The Department is linked to two national research centres, the Audio Research Centre (ARC, formerly the Radio Research Centre) and the Centre for Cultural and Technological Values, www.cctv.mic.ul.ie.
Full details of the research conducted by members of the department and of the areas of research that interest us as individuals are listed on the staff page