Creative Writing and Digital Publishing


Creative Writing and Digital Publishing Course - Dublin

Do you want to find your own voice? Do you want to explore your creative potential in the world of literature, writing for online journalism, film and television? Or maybe start that novel you always promised yourself you would write one day! On this course, you will learn the craft of writing, reading and editing. You will be guided by a committed department of writers and designers, alongside well know guest writers/speakers. You will also learn how to present your creative work online with key skills such as script writing, photography, content layout and image editing.

Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud licences are provided free of charge for use on personal devices.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Digital Publishing
  • Online Content Design
  • Graphic Layout
  • Digital Marketing
  • Journalism

Course Structure

Learners are prepared for the following:

  • Use language to set the tone of the narrative and plot the development to create intrigue for the reader.
  • Employ the skill of characterisation and construct different ways of telling the same story.
  • Critique your own work and the work of others.
  • Design and layout the story using InDesign.
  • Design and manipulate images.
  • Source publishers and agents.
  • Develop social media marketing campaigns for your publication.
Core Elements
  • Creative Writing
  • Script Writing
  • Communications
  • Desktop Publishing (InDesign)
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Illustrator)
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Marketing
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • CDP
  • Duration

  • 1 Year full time September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 24
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 Mornings

“I really enjoyed the Creative Writing & Digital Publishing course at BFEI where I acquired invaluable skills.  The beautifully renovated building with state-of-the-art facilities was a pleasure and conducive to study with dedicated supportive teaching staff.  As well as learning the software of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premier Pro, I became proficient in the intricacies of Digital Marketing and Social Media Campaigns.  I was inspired by visiting authors.  In addition to creative writing for novel and short story, I acquired the skill of script writing for tv, film and radio.   My favourite was the hands-on immersive deep dive into film making. Now I understand what it takes to create a really good movie.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this course.  I am using all these skills in my further studies at the UCD Innovation Academy”.  

- Phil Tung, Creative Writing & Digital Publishing Graduate, 2020 -

Support Elements
  • Career advice, help with CV preparation and LinkedIn provided is provided by BFEI.
  • In conjunction with FIT (Fast Track into Information Technology), BFEI offers participants the opportunity to do practice interviews with industry specialists and prepare for possible internship placement in leading IT companies.
  • Participation in the annual Design Exhibition.
Assessment and certification

This course is certified by QQI.
Assessment is based on a combination of assignments and exams.
Learners who successfully complete this course will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI


Where can these qualifications take me?


BA (Hons) Contemporary Visual Culture or BA (Hons) Print and Digital Media Technology Management Technological University Dublin [City] -

BA (Hons) English, Media and Cultural Studies IADT, Dún Laoghaire -

BA (Hons) Marketing and Digital Media Waterford Institute of Technology -

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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