Postgraduate Diploma in Series Production

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology (DL922)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Series Production

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Film and Media

General Information
Contact

Colin Cowman

Email

colin.cowman@iadt.ie

Phone

012394600

Address

IADT
Kill Avenue
Dún Laoghaire

Role

Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

25/09/2020

Start Date

26/10/2020

End Date

30/07/2021

About this Course

The Post Graduate Diploma in Series Production is a new advanced production course specifically for non-scripted television and televisual content of all forms. This programme is a collaboration between IADT and Screen Skills Ireland (SSI) and will be offered as a level 9 programme in the Department of Film and Media at the National Film School. We have significant support from all 3 Irish broadcasters, SSI, Screen Producers Ireland and several leading independent production companies.

Through extensive engagement with industry production companies report that they are being forced to look overseas for their senior producing talent. This course seeks to address this skills gap. This programme will offer experienced TV and media professionals and returners to industry in Ireland, the opportunity to realise their ambition to move to a more senior level.

The series producer is the most senior contracted project manager role on a non-scripted TV production. They are responsible for overseeing all stages of production and must exhibit real leadership qualities. They must be highly skilled creatively, a strong people manager, overseeing all key decisions on deployment of resources, end to end concept realisation, and quality delivery to a constantly changing range of channels including terrestrial, SVOD, digital and social.

Graduates of this programme will gain an advanced level of production scholarship suitable for a number existing and emerging platforms. They will graduate with job-ready production skills that are essential to screen media industries with a particular focus on senior management and the synthesis required between writing, video and digital skills. Having worked through modules that focus creative development, production, online and management skills students will then get an opportunity to apply those skills across multiple genres in single camera and multi camera environments, shadowing, work placements and through high level networking opportunities.

*This Programme is subject to validation

Objectives

As the content sector grows and changes rapidly, a significant deficit in senior production skills has been identified, which
is addressed by this programme. The Programme’ aims to address the senior creative and management skills required to
be a series producer on larger scale productions: (Including, not limited to) idea & format development, financing & legal;
licensing; writing for multiple genres, studio and EFP, budgeting and scheduling; production; post-production; people
management; vendor management; digital content production, distribution and client management. The course is intended
to allow participants to continue working, while gaining Series Producer skills and training through scheduled classes with
leading industry experts, shadowing and tailored industry placements.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level. Those without this qualification may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process. As part of the RPL process, applicants in this category will be required to present a qualifying essay of a standard that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at level 9.

As this an advanced programme, applicants will be required to demonstrate a significant level (5+ years) of relevant industry experience in the audio-visual sector.

Long Description

Through extensive collaboration with industry and based on key findings from Screen Skills Ireland Skills Needs Analysis
Report for the Screen Sector in Ireland 2019-2020, there is a clear and pressing requirement for a programme that
addresses the skills shortfall and pipeline of Series Producers who lack the experience and training to take up a
multiplicity of senior project manager roles within the screen sector both now and into the future.
In illustrating the rationale for providing this programme, it is important to reflect on the sectoral challenges that have led
to the shortfall in a Series Producer pipeline that is robust enough to maximise on opportunities for national and
international content production growth for Irish production companies.

This Series Producer Programme, benefitting from blended learning (Scheduled ‘Best Practice’ classes with industry experts, Irish and UK shadowing opportunities, work placement opportunities and leading industry networking opportunities) will address the identified skills gaps, where traditional role progression through employment has ceased to be effective enough to deliver the pipeline of qualified Series Producers required now and as the sector grows.

Mastering digital skills is at the centre of modern TV production, distribution, marketing and business development. Digital skills are embedded into the DNA of this programme. The creative leadership and project management skills required to be a Series Producer have multiple transversal qualities. These skills are the subject of focussed sections of the programme. Management and leadership skills are the pillars of this programme, with graduates gaining invaluable exposure and training in the skills required to manage and lead high-end broadcast series from inception to delivery. The workplace of the future is reflected in current broadcast and media production practices (ref. Forbes – Top 10 HR trends that matter most in the 2020 workplace – Jan 15, 2020) from remote project management, managing multiple global stakeholders, digital excellence, blended work practices and a dedicated focus on employer wellbeing, recruitment diversity, and a shift of perception on soft skills to ‘power skills’.

The programme addresses the following areas (Including, not limited to) idea & format development, financing & legal;
licensing; writing for multiple genres, studio and EFP, budgeting and scheduling; production; post-production; people
management; ethical recruitment, vendor management; digital content production, distribution and client management.


Modules

Creative Development 10C: Students will command the skills to conceive, develop and pitch a creative project.
Online content creation & Distribution 10c: Advanced digital media synthesising all elements of online content creation and distribution.
Producers as Leaders 10C: Students gain the skills and competencies required of a creative producer and project leader
Production Practice & Industry Placement 10c: Practical line production skills and industry placement
Multi Camera Television 10C: Students gain the practical skills abilities to lead the production of a multi camera TV programme.
Edit Production 10C: Learners take a senior role in managing the post production phase of a client-based media project

Why Choose This Course

The Post Graduate Diploma in Series Production is an exciting new advanced production course specifically for non-scripted television and televisual content of all forms.

Developed and delivered by leading industry experts, this programme is offered as a level 9 programme in the Department of Film and Media at the National Film School. With support from all 3 Irish broadcasters, SSI, Screen Producers Ireland and several leading independent production companies, this programme offers experienced TV and media professionals and returners to industry in Ireland, the opportunity to realise their ambition to move to a more senior level.

The series producer is the most senior contracted project manager role on a non-scripted TV production. They are responsible for overseeing all stages of production and must exhibit real leadership qualities. They must be highly skilled creatively, a strong people manager, overseeing all key decisions on deployment of resources, end to end concept realisation, and quality delivery to a constantly changing range of channels including terrestrial, SVOD, digital and social.

*This Programme is subject to validation

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will gain an advanced level of production scholarship suitable for a number existing and emerging platforms. They will graduate with job-ready production skills that are essential to screen media industries with a particular focus on senior management and the synthesis required between writing, video and digital skills. Having worked through modules that focus creative development, production, online and management skills students will then get an opportunity to apply those skills across multiple genres in single camera and multi camera environments, shadowing, work placements and through high level networking opportunities.

Timetable Info

* Monday - 6pm to 9pm (Online every-week)

* Wednesday 6pm to 9pm – (Online every week)

* Friday 3pm to 8pm (Online or in class)

* Saturday 10am to 3.30pm - In class - one Saturday per month.

(Subject to change)

Delivery Location

IADT
Kill Avenue
Dún Laoire
Co Dubline

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Eileen MacNamara

Address

IADT
Kill Avenue
Dún Laoghaire
Co Dublin

Phone

012394600

Email

postgradadmissions@iadt.ie

RPL Information

https://iadt.ie/study/how-to-apply/recognition-of-prior-learning/

Application Procedures

Please submit your application via Springboard.

Please also submit a CV and a short cover letter outlining your suitability for this programme.

Having been shortlisted based on their applications, all applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.