Higher Diploma in Arts Journalism and New Media Content

  • Higher Diploma in Arts Journalism and New Media Content
  • NFQ Level 8
  • For full details, go to the Admissions - Postgraduate section
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Part-time
  • Carlow
  • None
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


This programme was co-designed and is delivered in partnership with Carlow College. The Higher Diploma in Journalism and New Media Content is a programme designed to attract, train and educate a cohort of individuals who wish to have careers as writers in the cognate fields of journalism, media and communications; anywhere where precision and facts are vital to the success and empowerment of employers, audiences and democracy.

The programme is also aimed at those already working in media and journalism who might want to engage with deeper views and new methods to improve and expand their practice. Each module is designed to provide a comprehensive education and training in the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to become a journalist and/or media content creator.

Students will learn to construct stories factually, engagingly, and appropriately for different media platforms and audiences. Students will go beyond the mere training needed to write accurately in the journalistic mode and further their practice by engaging with advanced academic work to unveil deeper knowledge about the theory and practice of journalism and media writing.

What subjects will I study ?

  • News Gathering and Reporting 1
  • Feature Writing
  • Media Law, Values and Ethics
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Reporting and Publication
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital Journalism and Storytelling

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered on a caseby- case basis. Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have relevant work experience and or other certificates and qualifications may also be considered through the University’s RPL procedures.
Relevant professional experience may be considered and individuals will be assessed on a caseby- case basis through RPL procedures.
Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

It is recognised that the journalism and media landscape is undergoing enormous changes and that traditional content, consumers and modes of production are evolving rapidly. The structure and content of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Journalism and New Media Content recognizes the need to prepare graduates for these challenges. The ability to reflect on one’s own practice is a core element of many modules.

Students will also learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to run their own writing organisation, which is a necessary addition in a very competitive and evolving market. Additionally, the module in digital platforms and storytelling will open the student writers’ minds to the possibilities offered by the global media network of journalism platforms. It will facilitate their transition from writer to expert disseminator of facts, and master of the exposition of stories for appropriate audiences. Their work and approaches will be imbued with an understanding of the need to underpin their activities with accepted journalism values, practices and professional behaviours.

Course Codes & Fees

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE31A Higher Diploma in Arts Journalism and New Media Content Carlow Part-time €2,500 Go to the postgraduate applications section for full details on all courses below

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings.
  2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read SETU Carlow's FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@setu.ie

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email: international.CW@setu.ie


Eoin O'Brien
BA, DBS, CBS, Cert Mgmt, MBA
Faculty of Lifelong Learning Manager
E: eoin.obrien@setu.ie

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international.CW@setu.ie      
P: 00353-59-9175205