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Can you find the next Game of Thrones?

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

Television is as popular as ever, it’s how we consume it that has changed.

Technology has disrupted the industry, which is undergoing big changes. There’s new platforms, new formats and things are in flux. Only last week the TV3 group rebranded as Virgin Media Television.

What type of programming is best suited to these new platforms? What additional social media content can boost viewing figures? What series have the potential to become international franchises?

Developing successful television programmes in this new era requires an in-depth knowledge of current and emerging trends. While Irish viewers enjoy ‘Love Island’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ they still love home-grown series and documentaries that entertain and inform us about the corner of the world we live in.

For those interested in being part of the television industry, there’s a lot to learn and it’s important to get the most up-to-date training. In this context, RTÉ Cork originally approached CIT to help develop a new accredited programme that would produce graduates ready for this changing market.

“We need to ensure there is a pipeline of trained people coming through the system all the time,” said Head of RTÉ Cork Colm Crowley. Crowley, who is responsible for over 200 hours of broadcasting produced from the RTÉ Cork production base, worked closely with staff of the Department of Media Communications in CIT to develop its one-year intensive post-graduate Certificate in Television Production.

Students on this course will work side by side with industry professionals during specialised work placements. They’ll learn how to develop concepts and pitch ideas to industry leaders. Such learning is supported through state-of-the art online technology incorporating live remote lectures, an online learner community and a sophisticated online learning platform for student assessment, collaboration and content sharing as provided and managed by the institute’s Department of TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning).

“We were really excited to work on the development of this course with the Department of Media Communications and RTÉ Cork,” added Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin, Head of TEL. “The Certificate in Television Production is a great addition to the institute’s suite of online and blended programmes which are all about providing flexible learning opportunities for those who, for whatever reason, can’t commit to coming to our campus full time.”

To find out more about who this course is aimed at, what it means to become a television production professional, and hear the stories of past graduates see

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