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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 4th
3 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
Social Life

Why did you choose to study in this college?

This course is the only thing I've known for sure I wanted to do for more than a year. It caught my eye when I was in 5th year at school. I'm never usually so organised or decisive, but this just always felt right. It included everything I've ever felt I wanted to know more about, like Sociology and Psychology, Film and Advertising Studies, etc., while also having a hands-on, practical side where I could learn about the media, which is ultimately where I want to be. It was perfect on paper, really.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

What made it the right choice is that, like I said, I got to learn about pretty much everything I've ever had an interest in, all under the one roof and the one course. I suppose what hasn't been so right is that everything is very rushed.. If you don't quite grasp a subject or how to do something first time around, you then have to learn it in your own time. But that in itself is a good thing I supose, it means you get more hands-on experience, which is really what you need in the industry. It's not what you've learned how to do, it's what you've actually gone and done that stands for you. This course is great in that respect, because it gives you the means of getting out there and actually doing stuff (access to the mac labs, loans office, Media Production Society, which is amazing, etc.), and the time to go do it, as the course itself is only about 13-15 hours a week or something. So it gives you the start off, the knowledge and drive, and then you have the time to take that and make it mean something to you, personally.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?


Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?


Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

I don't know

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I love that it gives you the time to really go out and do something with the information it gives you, and that it's so broad-ranged. To me as well, the things we've studied are hugely interesting and exciting, it's fantastic to be able to watch a film and call it studying, because it is for this course. Of course, work is work, responsibility will always suck and when it comes down to doing assignments or studying for exams I very rarely go 'isn't this great?', but to be honest that's only because I HAVE to do them.. One of the best things about this course is that most of the things we have to do for assessment are things I would probably want to do in my spare time anyway, just not so intensely or to a deadline. Also, the hours are great. Sometimes the timetable people mess up and you have like, 9-10 then 4-6 in the one day, and yes that really isn't great.. But what is is that Communications students can value their sleep, there was one semester where there was only one day where I had to be up before 11. The people are amazing as well, such a huge mix of brilliant people, who are like-minded in many ways and different in many others. DCU is an incredibly social college, and I think that sets it apart.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Hmmmmm.. I suppose the speed at which we have to run through things, it can sometimes be like they're trying to cram too much into one course.. You end up barely remembering most stuff you did in First year, but I suppose that might happen with any course, and you'll always remember the things that had a huge impact. You do get a lot of students saying the course is worthless and you won't get a job out of it and it's just a lazy course, etc., etc... but to be honest that's only true for the people who don't take it seriously and who just do the course, come to lectures and go home and don't get involved.. I love the course, but you do really get out of it what you put into it, so maybe that's where other people aren't as happy as I am with it. I will say that I think the course is incomplete without involvement with Media Production Society running alongside it. If you don't get out there and get yourself involved with things (MPS and otherwise), it won't have been a fulfilling experience. The course is great, but it's the fact that it's in DCU, alongside all the amazing Clubs and Socs that makes it special, that makes it worth doing. You get out of it what you put in, that's all I can say.

Was your course what you expected?



The library at DCU is excellent, I can't really fault it all that much. my only real problem with it would be that at exam time and when assignment deadlines are looming, the books on the reading list for that module can be all gone, because you've got maybe 4 copies of a book all on high demand from about a hundred students. I wish they had more E-books, that would definitely help because they'd be available to everyone. Handy tip: Google Books is a lifesaver too.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy nor Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

I'm a very active member of the Media Production Society, which I've talked about before.. I'm a member of Style Society but I haven't really been involved this year due to a glitch in the mailing system where I didn't get any of their E-mails, but I will say that everything I heard about that Style Soc did this year sounded amazing.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Well like I said, with MPS, the Communications course would not be the same without it. And I do mean that, the course is great, but it would fall down without the existence of MPS. It's just a wonderful Society, full of incredible, driven, passionate, interesting people and opportunities. It gives you the means to use what you've learned in your course, to actually experience it instead of just reading about it or hearing the theoretical ins and outs. MPS also have loads of trips, which are so much fun and dirt cheap, so there's all these great bonding experiences too.. It's incredible how close-knit the society is considering how many members it has. It won Best Society at the BICS this year, and I can tell you it definitely deserved it. If you want your college years to be special, to be memorable, join MPS. Even if you decide not to do Communications but you do something in DCU, join MPS. I can't fault it. *loving tear*

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How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?


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How would you recommend this college to a friend?

I'd say 'It's brilliant, do it. But don't bother if you're not going to join a Club or Soc.' And I'd say all the other things I've said, I'd essay them with my words. I'd definitely try to convince them anyway. I'm sure other colleges are great too, but I just love DCU, and I loved the idea of DCU over the idea of any other college before I even got to DCU. That's gotta say something.

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