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Lights, Camera, Action! Live Studio Broadcasts Course

Shauna Kelly

Introducing RTÉ, Virgin Media Television and Institute of Art, Design + Technology’s brand new Creative Futures Academy course

Lights, Camera, Action! Live Studio Broadcasts Course

The course, ‘Professional Training for Live Studio Broadcasts’ is open for applications and will close on 5th May 2023.


Virgin Media Television and RTÉ, together with Creative Futures Academy (CFA) have announced applications are now open for their brand new course in IADT ‘Professional Training for Live Studio Broadcasts’.


This innovative three-week course will take place from 6th June 2023, where you will learn from industry experts and practice in broadcast standard facilities. The training course will be based in The National Film School at IADT,  with a one-week work placement at Ireland’s top broadcasters, Virgin Media Television and RTÉ.


The one-week work placement in the fast-paced studios of either Virgin Media Television or RTÉ will provide an opportunity to develop your own abilities and gain new, unique skills in live studio production with hands-on learning in a live gallery environment.

Kevin Burns, Head of RTÉ Learn and Access said: “RTÉ believes this partnership is not just a unique opportunity for students to get real broadcast experience, but for broadcasters to find fresh talent. Creative Futures Academy allows students to take the next real step in their career while also getting top notch academic qualifications”.


Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin, Deputy Managing Director at Virgin Media Television said:
“Virgin Media Television is delighted to support training and development in the Broadcast sector and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with IADT, RTÉ and Creative Futures Academy.”


David Cooper, IADT Course Lecturer said: “IADT has an excellent track record in offering fit for sector education. The professional training course will be delivered by industry leaders in audio, vision mixing, gallery operations and camera lighting. I look forward to working with Virgin Media Television and RTÉ on this new and bespoke Creative Futures Academy course.

The course offers 18 places, including a small number of free places for supported scholarships and is built on three strands: Content Creation | Production Operations | Technical Competencies. These include the technical competencies required including audio, lighting, camera operation, vision mixing and production assistance, in a full professional HD broadcast gallery and related technical equipment. The scholarships offer the opportunity for learners to unlock their creative talent and align with each partner’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in education and the workplace.


This opportunity is not to be missed and is aimed primarily at existing professionals with at least 2 years experience working in the broadcast industries who are interested in upskilling and/or reskilling in one of these key areas: Lighting Operator (including vision control), Studio Camera Operator, Vision-mixer, Sound Operator, Floor Manager, or Production Assistant / Broadcast Co-Ordinator.


On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Level 9 Certificate in Multi Camera Television from IADT


Closing date for applications is 5th May, 2023 at 4pm.


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Interviews are available upon request


For further information

Neil O’Gorman, Corporate Communications Manager, RTÉ – 087 2077192

Louise Zayed, Head of Press and Publicity, Virgin Media Ireland – 083 171 1839 

Shauna Kelly, Communications Coordinator, Creative Futures Academy –  086 103 6616


About RTÉ

RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland’s national public service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost-effective, free-to-air multimedia services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.

RTÉ services are impartial in accordance with statutory obligations. At its heart, RTÉ is a creative organisation, making and commissioning a broad range of high-quality programming and content to meet the needs of multiple audiences. A leader in national and international news, RTÉ typically airs at least 18 of the top 20 television programmes broadcast by any channel available in Ireland every year. RTÉ’s television services are RTÉ One, RTÉ One HD, RTÉ One+1, RTÉ2 HD, RTÉ2+1 and RTÉjr.

RTÉ operates four primary Radio stations (RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta), as well as digital radio stations and RTÉjr Radio, Ireland’s only radio station just for children. RTÉ also offers a broad range of digital services, including a comprehensive website (RTÉ.ie), and multiple genre-specific apps, including a bespoke RTÉjr app for younger audiences, as well as the popular RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio Player. RTÉ Archives is a broadcast and stills archive that curates RTÉ’s audio-visual and print archive on behalf of the nation.


As part of RTÉ, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has since 1948 brought a wide range of global musical repertoire to new audiences and supported national and international artists by means of live, broadcast and recorded performances.

Saorview, Ireland’s first free-to-air digital television service, is owned and managed by RTÉ. The following RTÉ services are available on Saorview: RTÉ One, RTÉ2 HD, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr, RTÉ One+1 and RTÉ Aertel, as well as all of RTÉ’s FM and digital radio services.


About Virgin Media

Virgin Media is the leading connected entertainment cable and broadcast business in Ireland. Every day we deliver connections that really matter for thousands of people, with multi award-winning services including superfast broadband, TV, mobile and home phone.

Our Virgin Media Business division provides the fastest broadband speeds and connectivity solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector.

Virgin Media Television, our broadcast division, is Ireland’s number one commercial public service broadcaster offering four free-to-air channels: Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two, Virgin Media Three and Virgin Media Four, as well as the Virgin Media Player. We are a significant investor in home produced content, including news, current affairs and drama, as well as offering the best in international programming. Virgin Media More, a platform exclusive channel for Virgin TV customers, offers the very best of first look premium content, including ground-breaking Irish and International drama, documentaries & sport. Our advertising sales agency, Virgin Media Solutions, creates unique, innovative campaigns for our business and for third party clients across the UK and Ireland. 
Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies with operations in seven European countries. Liberty Global is a founding member of the European Green Digital Coalition and is included in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Following the challenges brought about by the global pandemic, the power of connectivity to deliver positive, meaningful change to people’s lives has never been clearer. Our inclusion in these prestigious indices for the ninth year running attests to our long-standing commitment to the importance of sustainability and ensuring that we are strong corporate citizens as well as responsible stewards of the environment across the markets in which we operate.


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​​About Creative Futures Academy

Creative Futures Academy (CFA) is a ground-breaking partnership between three leading creative institutions: The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), University College Dublin (UCD), and the Institute of Art Design + Technology (IADT). The main aim of the Creative Futures Academy is to prepare graduates for work in a major sector of the national economy; and support the career needs of creative professionals in our fast-changing social, economic, and technological contexts. Thinkers and leaders from academia, the creative arts and industry have come together to create new programmes and fully accredited micro courses. Creative Futures Academy curates tailored courses that offer exciting and flexible ways of learning, new networks, extra-curricular resources and more.


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About IADT 

For almost thirty years IADT has provided the highest standard of applied education in film and the cultural and creative sectors. It is a place where story and craft are at the centre of what we teach. 


The Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) has over 2500 students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses studying film, art, design, creative technologies, animation, psychology and more. 


IADT is home to the National Film School (NFS) recently named as one of the best film schools in the world by Variety magazine. NFS staff and alumni have a distinguished record of national and international awards and recognition, including Academy Awards and honours at the Venice Biennale, Cannes Film Festival, Royal Television Society, EMMYS, BAFTA, and the Irish Film & TV Awards.


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