'It interested me because it covers all areas of film and production'
My Story: Karen Byrne | Film & TV Production, Griffith College
Karen Byrne always wanted to pursue a career in film and TV production, but when researching courses in Dublin, a lot of them needed a portfolio of work, which she didn't have.
When she came across the BA Film & TV Production in Griffith College, Dublin, it immediately interested Karen. "I found that it covered all areas of film and TV production, such as screen-writing, audio, cinematography and post-production," she says.
The course is a Level 7 (ordinary degree) programme for which, in 2016, applicants have to meet the entry requirements, but there is no additional pressure to achieve a minimum number of CAO points. Graduates of this course can progress to an add-on, Level 8 (honours degree) in Griffith, in the same field.
Karen from Rathfarnham, Dublin also liked the college's location, close to the city centre, making it very accessible, and that it had lecturers who worked, and were still working, in the film and TV industry.
While she finds the course challenging, it is equally "enjoyable and empowering and pushes you in the way that you have to be creative. When you have an idea you have to go for it and put your trust in your decisions and not be afraid of trying new things and sharing your work with others."
The movie enthusiast likes that the course is very hands-on and practical. "We physically have to go out and film dramas and documentaries, write our own scripts and then get a chance to learn on industry-standard editing and post-production tools," says Karen.
The course also involves learning about producing live TV studio shows, so students experience every aspect of production.
Now that she has learned the basics, Karen is looking forward to moving on to more specialist aspects, such as cinematography, where she will use industry cameras and be creative in the composition and construction of filming sequences.
The mastery of editing and post-production skills also lies ahead, where she will apply her own stylistic approaches and styles, and experiment with different editing techniques.