Address: Castle Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry
The FÁS TV & Video production course, based in Tralee and running since 1987, is the market leader in practical skills based training, utilising up to date, state of the art technology from Apple, Adobe, AVID, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, RED and many other industry vendors.
The course from the start has been unique in its approach to training by developing a “Training through Production” attitude. It could be described as a production unit that trains rather than the opposite. This training course is without doubt the best hands on technical skills training programme in the country. The course participants are exposed to a variety of industry standard equipment for a period of 1 year. They work with real clients, real deadlines and sample all of the phases of production. This approach provides hands on practical skills not normally available in a learning environment. Project work is the backbone of the skills training; this is achieved by the targeting of client groups such as small charities, community groups, start-up businesses, NGOs etc.
Work experience is another crucial factor of increasing participants’ employability, the TV & Video unit in FAS Tralee has very strong links with the industry by providing them with trainees who have a high level of personal and skills competency and understands the language of the business. Over the past quarter of a century the FÁS graduates have been placed in a variety of TV & Film companies including RTÉ, TV3, TG4, BBC, Setanta, Open Eye, Another Avenue, Coco TV, Element Pictures, EO Teilifis, EGG Post Production, Like it love it Productions, Tangerine Post Production & Vision Independent Productions. With the launching of the internships scheme by the Government it has proven to be an ideal platform for the graduates from the TV & Video course to develop their skills and benefit the company providing the internship for a period of up to 9 months. More information for employers is available on jobsbridge.ie
One of the strengths of the course is the trainee/equipment ratio, the 18 participants are split into 6 crews each having access to their own full production and post-production resources.
The real-world production training gives trainees an opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills, which FÁS believes are crucial to sustained employment, while our clients, which normally come from the community or small/medium charities, benefit by getting an Audio-visual product which they most likely could never afford. This approach has been the successful blueprint, which we have found gives our trainees the complete production training experience.
The Tralee centre has provided its sister organization FÁS / Screen Training Ireland with knowledge and expertise in the organization and running of various industry workshops including RED & Arri Alexa camera workshops. It was the first APPLE Authorized training Center in Education (AATCe) in Ireland.
Building on the success and industry acknowledgement of the original TV & Video course the scope of the media training has been gradually extended with the introduction of additional courses –
• Interactive Media – TR 351
• Radio – Media techniques – ET 283
FÁS have constructed a new AV centre at the FAS facility in Tralee to be ready early 2013. This centre will bring together all of the human and impressive physical resources of the three training units, providing an Audio Visual Centre of excellence for production skills training in Ireland.
- Digital Media Centre (DMC) The DMC includes the following production and post-production facilities:
- TV Studio
- Radio Studio
- Dedicated Recording Studio
- Multimedia Editing Suites
- An Audio/Video Library Suite
- Dedicated Recording Studio
- Common project work space and exhibition space (available to students in the new north campus library).
In addition to these resources the Institute has dedicated high-spec multimedia Mac/PC labs, running the latest operating systems and the most recent industry standard versions of the relevant software suites including, Apple Final Cut suite, Adobe production/web/design suites, and 3D Studio Max..