Course Overview

The MA in Digital Media aims to synthesise artistic and technological knowledge. This unique course is delivered by combining expertise from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, the Information Technology Department and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). It is a multidisciplinary programme which takes graduates from relevant academic backgrounds and industry professionals who want to develop or extend existing skills.

Digital media enable the creation and synthesis of different art forms in unique ways. Students from the MA in Digital Media
have won awards at national level in the areas of e-learning and digital storytelling

In 2013 the course was shortlisted for the gradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year (I.T.) Award.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Fiona Concannon
  • Pat Byrne 
  • Maciej Dabrowdki
  • Allessandra Mileo
  • Dr Conn Holohan
  • Niamh Doheny
  • Dr Sigfried Handschuh 
  • Brian Davis
  • Dr Sam Redfern
  • Prof Rod Stoneman
  • Rónón Kennedy
  • Dr Ann Torres
  • Karen Young 

Requirements and Assessment

Course modules are assessed continuously, practically, theoretically and/or through final examination as appropriate to the individual module. Proposals for final projects are submitted in January. Students will also be required to write a dissertation to fulfil the Master’s degree.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

MA—90, PGDip—60


MA, PDip. Students may only apply for the MA. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.


PAC code


Course Outline

Modules include:

  •  E-Learning
  •  Databases
  •  Internet Programming
  •  A History of Avant-Garde Film
  •  Emerging Web Media
  •  Research Methods
  •  Interactive Digital Media
  •  Digital Marketing
  •  Human Computer Interaction
  •  Graphics and Image Processing
  •  Introduction to Creative Difference and Innovation
  •  Service Learning
  •  Digital Media Analytics and Visualisation
  •  3D Modelling and Animation
  •  Film in the Digital Age
  •  Film-making for the Internet

Huston School of Film and Digital Media

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media was established in 2003 under the active patronage of the (John) Huston family. The School offers a dynamic approach to film and digital media training, with a strong emphasis on critical studies. As well as offering postgraduate programmes, the Huston School also hosts a range of guest seminars during the year with academics and practitioners of film. Visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Seamus McGarvey, Lenny Abrahamson, Mark O’Halloran, James Cromwell, John Boorman, Roddy Doyle, Colin MacCabe, Laura Mulvey and Mike Figgis.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course has many career paths leading from it. Innovative concepts and skills in advanced web and internet technologies are fuelling the expansion of traditional companies and there is an increase in web-centric companies and social networking sites. Artistic skills in graphic modelling and animation in film and games are increasingly sought by entertainment industries. Graduates can utilise their own creativity and skills to become entrepreneurs.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,015 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Emma Hogan 
T 353 91 495 920

What Our Students Say


Alan Murphy |   Currently working at EO Teilfís

An excellent course, covers a broad range of topics, very friendly lecturers, learned lots and expanded my knowledge base to many areas, which is essential in any job hunt. It was also enjoyable!

Dermot Condron |   Currently working at Makin Media Mobile

I chose NUI Galway, as I had heard the teaching staff was excellent, and the University had great learning facilities. I wasn’t disappointed. The course provided me with the necessary skills-set for industry. The technical skills taught, such as web design, 2D and 3D animation, are all skills I am now putting into practice. As well as providing technical skills, the course has a theory side to it that gives understanding to how Digital Media Production as a process is informed by narrative analysis, cinematic traditions and creative discussion. The goal of the course is to combine creativity with technical ability that is useful from a business prospective. For me, the course achieved this ambition. The teaching staff was second to none. We had great facilities at the college, with our own computer room that we could work from. The class size was small, so we all got to know each other easily.

Shannon Reeves |   MA Digital Media

The MA in Digital Media really is a unique course, not only because of the range of subjects taught (from databases to interactive design, e-learning and writing in the digital age) but also because of the range of backgrounds and skills that students bring to the course. Because everyone has different strengths and areas for improvement, and because we're learning such an array of skills and technologies, there's an inevitable community bond which grows up very quickly between members of the class, as everyone helps each other and contributes to classroom learning. We've also got a dedicated lab where we can work on our own computers, discuss our assignments, and even just socialise, which means there's a healthy mix of social and educational development as the year progresses.


SHORTLISTED for the National Postgraduate Course of the Year Award