GMIT Prospectus 2022/23


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film and Documentary (Level 8)

Code: GA281 Level: 8

Why study Film and Documentary? Are you visually minded and curious about the world and society? Do you have a strong interest in films and how stories are constructed? Do you enjoy working as part of a team and on developing ideas? This course involves working with both technology and people, so it will suit people who seek to challenge themselves, enjoy developing ideas, and who can apply themselves to production deadlines. Studying Film and Documentary will provide you with a specialised knowledge of the history, theory and practical working of documentary and filmmaking. The practical components include such specialist areas as screenwriting, editing, sound, production design, cinematography, 4D Design and knowledge of the planning, budgeting, and management requirements involved in shooting and delivering film and documentary projects. The course is supported by Galway Film Centre and has strong links with the audio-visual industry.

What are my career opportunities? Graduates work within the film and television industry, in production, design, sound and direction, editing, screenwriting and graphics and often set up small businesses, or work within production companies or as freelance workers. Graduates are equipped with a more considered set of specialist skills which will strongly position them to enter the competitive world of film and documentary, both nationally and internationally.

What will I study?

Year 1: • Learning & Innovation Skills • Audio 1 • Production Practice 1 • Editing 1 • Screen Writing 1 • Documentary 1 • The Photographic Image • Broadcasting Theory • Film Studies 1 • Production Design 1 • 4D Design 1 Year 2: • Broadcasting Theory 2 • Fiction Film 1 • Production Practice 2 • Screen Writing 2 • Production Design 2 • 4D Design 2 • Editing 2 • Audio 2 • Cinematography 2 • Gaeilge Na Cumarsáide • German Language Cinema • Film Studies 2

Year 3: • Film 3 - Fiction 2 • Documentary 2 • Dissertation • Visual & Critical Studies • Production Practice 3 • Screen Writing 3 • 4D Design 3 • Production Design 3 • Editing 3 • Audio 3 • Cinematography 3 • TV Drama Studies

Student experience

Ami Bronnenmayer I graduated from the film and documentary course in GMIT in 2016, having specialised in documentary, cinematography and 4D. After college, I started as a runner in Egg Postproduction in Dublin, to try to get into the visual effects industry. I then applied for a rotoscoping internship at Screen Scene using my

show-reel of college VFX and greenscreen cinematography projects to showcase my skills. I was very lucky to get the internship and I got to work on Game of Thrones , which was amazing, and I was introduced to Nuke, the main industry software. After the internship, Screen Scene kept me on as a "Rotoscoper", working on The Favourite and The Little Stranger , and from there I gradually moved up to "clean up”, which involves removing modern day objects, wires, tracking markers, buildings etc. I did that on Into the Badlands and Captain Marvel . After that project I gradually moved up to Junior and then Digital Compositor, where I worked on Catherine the Great and The Irishman . Digital Compositing is the last part of the VFX pipeline to deliver a photorealistic image. It involves greenscreen/bluescreen keying, sky replacements, set extensions, and deaging just to mention a few things. After three years, it is still an everyday learning curve, but it's great and I love working in VFX. Looking back I'm so glad I did the 4D design module as part of my course in GMIT, I knew straight away that's what I wanted to do. It introduced me to VFX and showed me all aspects of it to be able to make a show-reel to get into the industry.

CAMPUS Centre for Creative Arts &Media

Galway School of Design & Creative Arts

DURATION 3 years


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