Creative Writing and Cultural Studies - Levels 5 & 6

Creative Writing and Cultural Studies – Levels 5 & 6

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Levels 5 and 6

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)

About The Course

Creative Writing and Cultural Studies

Students will be introduced to a wide range of literature appropriate to all modules on offer and there are numerous opportunities to attend theatre productions, films, media and other cultural events throughout the year.

They will work towards producing an exciting portfolio, a selection of which will be professionally published and showcased within the college. On completion of year 1, students will progress into year 2 at Level 6 or they can choose to apply externally to higher education.

Year 1 provides an extensive introduction to a wide range of creative writing genres, media, literature, and culture. Participants will write for fiction and journalism, and produce scripts for theatre, television, radio, and film.

Year 2 will enable writers to workshop their own writing in a group context and to explore different ways to present and realise their work, whether through film and media, on stage, or on paper. Participants will develop skills in staging for theatre, video production, editing, performance, directing and presentation.

European Projects
Each year in May, two students are selected to travel to Alpedrete, Madrid to participate in an Erasmus+ European work placement project for three weeks. Check out their blog for more information and view our European Work Experience page here.


Year 1 – Subjects

  • Writing for Novel & Short Story
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Writing for Television, Radio and Film
  • Writing for Journalism
  • English Literature
  • Media Analysis
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Documentary Photography
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Work Placement
  • Communications

Year 2 – Subjects

  • Creative Writing in Play and Prose
  • Script Writing for Television & Film Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Film and Digital Video Production
  • Editing Practice and Technique
  • Media Ethics and Legal Framework
  • Media Industry Awareness
  • Work Experience
  • Team Leadership

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Level 5

QQI Media Production 5M18518

QQI Level 6

QQI Media Production 6M5130

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects including an O5/H7 in English
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be considered

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be interviewed. Applicants will be asked to produce examples of their written work at interview including samples of story writing, scripts, journalism or essays.

QQI Level 6

QQI Level 5 Award in a related area

Equivalent qualifications will be considered

Portfolio and Interview

Applicants will be asked to produce examples of their written work at interview including samples of story writing, scripts, plays or short film.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

There are excellent progression routes with graduates from this course going on to study degrees at IADT Dun Laoghaire, I.T. Tallaght, DCU, DIT and Maynooth University. There are many other opportunities available through the HE Links Scheme including courses in English Literature, Film Studies, Arts, Theatre Studies, Journalism, Media Production, Creative Writing, Humanities, Music Production and Multimedia.

Employment Prospects

Employers want articulate and creative graduates. Our graduates have gained employment in many of the areas explored on the course with others producing their own self-directed creative work in film, playwriting, media, journalism and education.

Graduate Profile

David Swain

“‘I want your Job.’ David left ICFE with the intention of returning one day as a teacher. After completing a degree in Humanities through St Patrick’s College DCU, he did a Higher Diploma in Further Education in Maynooth, followed by a masters degree in Irish Writing.

David currently runs an evening class in creative writing, as well as working full-time as the education facilitator in Pieta House”

David Swaine