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Film Post-Production & Special Effects

PLC Post Leaving Cert

Welcome to “Film Post-Production & Visual Effects” – a comprehensive course that delves into the world of multimedia creation and storytelling. This immersive journey covers video editing, visual effects, sound engineering, and design, all in one course. You’ll explore a wide variety of aspects that bring media projects to life, from their inception to the final polished product.

Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
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1 year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

Video Editor
Motion Graphics Designer
Sound Designer/Engineer
Graphic Designer
Multimedia Producer
Content Creator
Social Media Influencer
Film and Television Post-Production Specialist
Advertising Creative
Media Analyst
Games Designer

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Course Web Page

Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

In an era where visual and auditory content reigns supreme, the skills covered in this course are essential for your future career. You will delve deep into video editing using industry-standard software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, discover the magic of visual effects with Adobe After Effects, and refine your sound engineering expertise. You’ll unlock your creative potential with design skills utilising tools like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. A close integration of subjects will mean you are building towards a portfolio of work from day one.

Whether you’ve a beginner or have some experience – this course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of media post-production. Join us and your likeminded classmates, and let your imagination take centre stage as you refine your abilities to craft compelling, engaging, and visually captivating media content.

What Makes This Course Special

Professional Level Digital Arts Suites with high powered computers
A state of the art music studio
The chance to share your work and interests with a group of people that share those interests
Creative real-world projects that you can use in your portfolio
Coverage of a wide range of content so your progression options are not restricted
Home Licenses for the Adobe software
The option to sit Adobe Certified Professional exams

Course Content

TV & Film Editing
Visual Effects for Film & TV
Sound Engineering
Digital Editing
Media Analysis
Design Skills
Work Experience

5M18518 - Media Production

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production 5M18518

Optional: Adobe Certified Associate exams in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Additional Costs

There is currently no extra charge for the home license of Adobe Creative Cloud, or the Adobe exams as long as you are an active student at Carlow Institute.
To get the most from the home license – students should have access to a good computer. See the Adobe site for more details.

PLSS Code: 415403
Coordinator: Keith Shirley

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
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Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider