MA/Postgraduate Diploma (Digital Media)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

Digital media rosette

SHORTLISTED for the national Postgraduate Course of the Year Award 2013

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.

Modules include:

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


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.


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.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: MA—90, PGDip—60

Awards: 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.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The course is a full-time degree taken over a twelve-month period. The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). The summer period (May to August) will be allocated for research and development, whereby you will complete your final project or placement and dissertation.

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

  • Valerie Butler
  • 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 and develop a fully functional project to the fulfill the Master's degree.

Find out more

Dr Amy Mollaghan | Dr Rod Stoneman
T +353 91 494 264 | +353 91 492 999 
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PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €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.

Graduate profile

Shannon Reeves

"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."

Graduate profile

Dermot Condron
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."

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!"