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Digital Media (MA/PDip)
Course OverviewThe MA in Digital Media provides advanced creative and technical education in digital media within a supportive educational environment. Students are given practical training across a range of digital media practices, including Emerging Web Media, E-Learning, and 3D Modelling, whilst also developing their creative, critical and entrepreneurial skills within small-group classes. The MA in Digital Media is a unique interdisciplinary programme, delivered by combining expertise from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, the discipline of Information Technology, and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). Classes contain a mix of graduates from relevant academic backgrounds and industry professionals who want to develop or extend existing skills.
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Who Teaches this Course
Emma Hogan is Programme Director of the MA in Digital Media and the MA in Production & Direction. She has worked in digital communications internationally for companies such as Dare Digital, the BBC and Canon and as educator in the Creative Industries for over 15 years.
Dr Sam Redfern
Sam Redfern delivers the module Graphics and Image Processing. His current research involves computer games technology—artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing, and digital image processing. He also develops computer games and has published numerous successful games on the various smartphone and PC/Mac store.
Dr Ann Torres
Ann Torres teaches Digital Marketing. She is Head of Marketing at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and the Vice Dean of Internationalisation for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Dr Fiona Concannon
Fiona Concannon delivers the module E-Learning. Her research to date includes examining Open Source Software for Education and her interests are in Technology-Enhanced Learning, the Learning Sciences, HCI, Activity Theory and the student learning experience in Higher Education.
Dr Ali Intizar
Dr Ali Intizar delivers the module Emerging Web Media. He is an Adjunct Lecturer, Research Fellow and Head of the unit for Reasoning and Querying at the Insight Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include Semantic Web, Data Integration, Internet of Things (IoT), Linked Data, Federated Query Processing, Stream Query Processing and Optimal Query Processing over large scale distributed data sources, Stream Reasoning, and Context-aware Systems.
Requirements and Assessment
Assessments on the programme are designed to develop students’ technical and creative skills, as well as their ability to undertake individual and group work and to critically assess their own work and that of their peers. Assessment is by both practical and written tasks, and includes presentations, reports, video essays, short films, websites, designs and animations. A unique aspect of the MA is the end-of-year digital media project, which gives students the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of the programme and develop their technical skills and creativity in a real-world context. These assessments and projects also contribute towards a practical portfolio of digital media work.
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.
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1 year, full-time
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Mode of study
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.
The course is a full-time, 12-month programme, which runs from September to August of each year. It is split into three semesters, with modules spanning all aspects of Digital Media. Semester 1 and 2 are comprised of core modules and a group of electives, enabling each student to tailor the degree to their own individual needs.
- Internet Programming
- Emerging Wed Media
- 3D Modelling and Animation
- Digital Media Analytics and Visualisation
- Interactive Digital Media
- Graphics And Image Processing
- Human Computer Interaction
- Service Learning
- Creative Difference and Innovation
- Digital Marketing
- Digital Play & Practice
- Digital Film and Culture
The final semester is dedicated to the design, development and testing of students’ end-of-year projects, as well as a 5,000 word accompanying dissertation. Each student is assigned an expert supervisor for guidance throughout the project development process.
Why Choose This Course?
Why Choose This Course?
With its uniquely diverse offerings and an impressive roll-call of graduates, this MA was shortlisted for Postgraduate Programme of the Year (2013). Students from the MA in Digital Media have won awards at national level in the areas of e-learning and digital storytelling. The range of skills and topics covered on the programme, as well as the different backgrounds of the students on it, contribute towards an environment rich in peer-learning, multidisciplinary experiences and cross-pollination of ideas and skills. Furthermore, as a student at the Huston School you will be part of a collaborative creative community, interacting with students across a range of Media programmes through shared modules and events. You will also have all the opportunities which come from studying at one of the world’s top Universities, including access to a range of seminars and high-profile guest speakers, and digital media practitioners.
The career paths from this course are limitless, and our graduates are sought after by a wide range of industries. Areas that former gradutes are currently working in include television production, IT, graphic and interaction design, web design and development and higher-education. A number of graduates have carried on to undertake PhD research, whilst others have utilised the creative and entrepreneurial skills developed on the course to develop their final projects into business opportunities.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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.
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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.