Sky Academy TV Scholarship at IADT



Sky today announced details of a new Sky Academy TV Scholarship to be made available on the Masters (MA) in Broadcast Production course offered by The National Film School at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) from September.

The scholarship is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives which aim to use the power of television, creativity and sport to give up to one million young people in the UK and Ireland opportunities to build skills, experience and self-belief.

The scholarship will be offered by Sky, supported by The Royal Television Society (RTS), to individuals who may not otherwise have the financial means to support themselves through further study, or may not have considered a career in the media for financial reasons. It is part of Sky’s commitment to support and encourage emerging talent at grassroots level.

Managing Director of Sky Ireland, JD Buckley said “Part of our commitment to developing home grown content is about investing in the next generation of production talent.  Fundamental to this is ensuring everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to get a start in the industry. We are therefore delighted to partner with The National Film School at IADT to offer this scholarship to a deserving young person.”

Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director of The National Film School at IADT, said: “We pride ourselves on our excellent relations with the industry and are therefore absolutely delighted to partner with Sky on this scholarship scheme. Every year it will give a student, who wouldn’t normally have the chance, to study with us, as well as the opportunity to get work experience with a major international broadcaster.”



 JD Buckley, MD, Sky Ireland, Dr Annie Doona, President of IADT, and Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director at The National Film School.

The MA in Broadcast Production at IADT equips students with the essential production practices to pursue a career in radio and television production, including studio production techniques; editorial and scriptwriting skills; single and multi-camera operation; microphone and sound recording skills; production management; radio and television presentation, production and direction; and editing for radio and television.

Programme lecturers include respected figures from Ireland’s broadcast production industry like Roger Greene, Donald Taylor Black, Bob Corkey, John O’Donovan, and Ferdia Mac Anna, plus guest lectures from professionals such as Larry Bass and Clare Duignan.

As part of the scholarship the student will have their course fees covered and the opportunity for a paid work placement within the industry.

In addition he/she will receive:

  • Mentoring from senior level staff at Sky
  • One year’s free membership of the Royal Television Society (RTS)
  • Networking opportunities within RTS including invitation to industry events


Applications for the MA in Broadcast Production are open until 9th May, and can be made by contacting IADT Admissions Officer, Eoin Kelly at or on (01) 239 4621. There is a separate form for applications for the Scholarship.  Interviews will take place in early June.  For further information please visit


As part of the same initiative Sky also announced today it is to offer Sky Academy TV Scholarships in the UK, in partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS).


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