Film Post-Production & Special Effects

Welcome to “Film Post-Production & Visual Effects” – a comprehensive course that delves into the world of multimedia creation and storytelling. This immersive journey covers video editing, visual effects, sound engineering, and design, all in one course. You’ll explore a wide variety of aspects that bring media projects to life, from their inception to the final polished product.

In an era where visual and auditory content reigns supreme, the skills covered in this course are essential for your future career. You will delve deep into video editing using industry-standard software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, discover the magic of visual effects with Adobe After Effects, and refine your sound engineering expertise. You’ll unlock your creative potential with design skills utilising tools like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. A close integration of subjects will mean you are building towards a portfolio of work from day one.

Whether you’ve a beginner or have some experience – this course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of media post-production. Join us and your likeminded classmates, and let your imagination take centre stage as you refine your abilities to craft compelling, engaging, and visually captivating media content.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Professional Level Digital Arts Suites with high powered computers
  • A state of the art music studio
  • The chance to share your work and interests with a group of people that share those interests
  • Creative real-world projects that you can use in your portfolio
  • Coverage of a wide range of content so your progression options are not restricted
  • Home Licenses for the Adobe software
  • The option to sit Adobe Certified Professional exams

Course Content

  • TV and Film Editing
  • Visual Effects for Film and TV
  • Sound Engineering
  • Digital Editing
  • Media Analysis
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Video Editor
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Sound Designer/Engineer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Content Creator
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Film and Television Post-Production Specialist
  • Advertising Creative
  • Media Analyst
  • Freelancer/Entrepreneur
  • Games Designer

Music Studio Virtual Tour – Click and Drag to Move Around


I knew I was not ready to go to college and needed a year to figure out what I wanted to do. I decided to do Film Editing and Special Effects at Carlow Institute.

The best part of my time at Carlow Institute was the world class teaching. My lecturers and tutors were experts in the field, incredibly passionate about their work and a constant source of support. We were inspired to do our very best.

Doing this course really helped me mature and I am now doing New Product Design and Innovation in SETU Carlow. I’m so grateful to have done this course at Carlow Institute as it gave me the stepping stone I needed. It prepared me with the skills and confidence to further my education.


Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production 5M18518
  • Optional: Adobe Certified Professional exams in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects.


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Additional Costs

  • There is currently no extra charge for the home license of Adobe Creative Cloud, or the Adobe exams as long as you are an active student at Carlow Institute.
  • To get the most from the home license – students should have access to a good computer. See the Adobe site for more details.

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415403
Coordinator: Keith Shirley

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.