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Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Design

Entry Route

Creative Media and Interaction Design Common Entry - LM122

Course Details

Course code:
LM122
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
CAO points:
340
Course leader:
Dr. Gabriela Avram
Email: Tel:
+353 (0)61 202782

 

Admissions:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

 

About You

This programme might suit you if:

  • you are interested in how media technology is used and how it can make a difference in people’s lives;
  • you are interested in learning how to develop creative ideas into new interactive products;
  • you would like to gain technical expertise in digital media development, but want to integrate technical knowledge with social and design understanding.

Why Study Digital Media Design at UL?

Think about an average day: checking messages on your mobile phone; buying a game online; using a wireless connection to update your social networking profile. People’s lives are continuously shaped by interaction with a variety of media. More recently, interactive digital media have increasingly become a support to work, study, travel, entertainment and other daily activities. The knowledge, skills and sensitivity to design interactive media technologies are key skills in contemporary society.

The B.Sc. in Digital Media Design develops the technical, creative and analytical skills needed to be successful media practitioners in both the Irish and global digital media industries. The design of digital media for human use is a crucial skill in contemporary society: How to design the content and interaction for websites? How to improve the usability and usefulness of portable devices? How to design a new killer app for smartphones? How to create new ways to engage and connect people through the use of interactive technologies?

The aim of the programme in Digital Media Design is to equip you with degree level competence in new interactive media technologies. On graduation, you will be capable of making a significant contribution to the development of the Digital Media industry.

This programme will:

  • Provide you with the expertise in the use of a variety of audio, video and interactive digital media
  • Give you an understanding of the human and social issues surrounding the use of digital media
  • Introduce you to a range of design disciplines relevant for interactive digital media design
  • Support you in developing the knowledge and professional skills you will need for an active role in the diverse field of digital media

The unique feature of this course is that it focuses on training a new type of interdisciplinary graduate who combines technological competence with design expertise and an understanding of the human and social activity.

This Digital Media Design course is offered full time, over four years, and investigates digital media at the intersection between technology, creative design and the human sciences. 

Topics include:

  • Creative design techniques, interaction design, collaborative concept design and visualization
  • Technical, mathematical and software foundations of digital media
  • The psychological and sociological context and understanding of digital media

By the end of this course, you will have the skills to think creatively and apply innovative solutions to a wide range of interaction design problems.

   
   
Year 1 | Semester 1 Year 1 | Semester 2
CS4031 Introduction to Digital Media CS4005 Perceptual Systems and Multimedia
CS4009 Directed Study 1 CS4052 Foundations of Interaction Design
CS4061 Media Programming 1 CS4082 Introduction to Web Development
MA4701 Technological Mathematics 1 MA4702 Technological Mathematics 2
SO4033 Sociology of Media PD4102 Design Studio 2
   
Year 2 | Semester 1 Year 2 | Semester 2
CS4025 Digital Audio Fundamentals CS4826 Human Computer Interaction
CS4053 Digital Video Fundamentals CS4064 Directed Study DMD 2
PD4033 Design for Professional Practice CS4056 Mobile Application Design
SO4063 An Introduction to Social Research Methods CS4034 Digital Media Software and Systems 3
Electives -choose one: PD4004 Design Visualisation Studio
CS4019 Digital Arts 1  
CS4063 Digital Media Software and Systems 2
   
   
Year 3 | Semester 1 Year 3 | Semester 2
CO4230/4310 Cooperative Education CS4358 Interactive Multimedia
  CS4458 Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  CS4566 Requirements Engineering
  MF4728 Occupational Psychology
  MF4756 Product Design & Modelling
   
Year 4 | Semester 1 Year 4 | Semester 2
CS4020 Information Society  CS4457 Project Management in Practice
CS4047 Multimedia Industry Perspectives CS4078 Applied Interaction Design
CS4247 Digital Media Design Project 1 CS4248 Digital Media Design Project 2
SO4047 Qualitative Research Methods SO4046 Quantitative Research Methods

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

areers open to you with a degree in Digital Media Design include;

 

  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Social Media Specialist
  • User Interface Designer
  • Usability Specialist
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Multimedia Project Coordinator
  • Design Consultant
  • Interaction Design Researcher

 

Graduates from this course will be equipped to create and develop interactive multimedia projects. They will have acquired a sophisticated understanding of the aesthetic and technical issues involved. There is an increasing need for graduates with the ability to cross social and technical boundaries, in order to exploit the opportunities offered by computer technology in a range of industries and services such as recording, general media, broadcasting and education.

 

Follow-on study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include;

  • MA/MSc in Interactive Media
  • MA/MSc in Music Technology

 

Want to find out more about possible careers with this degree? Click Here

Graduate Profile  - Helen O’Riordan

A Day in the Life Of……… Experience (UX) Designer with Adidas

Digital Media Design was always my first choice. I was drawn to this course because of its focus on the digital world and how it can impact on a user. I loved the fact that the course was very interactive. From workshops with IBM to speakers from the Game of Thrones sound department, each week presented a new and fresh opportunity

Each day can be very different at Adidas. I sit with my team each day but I also have a very close relationship with other teams within Digital Brand Commerce. My main projects include supporting the Best Practise manager with the site review program along with monitoring the consumer feedback of the .com checkout process. I work with many of our global teams such as Adidas India, Adidas Russia and Adidas USA

Whenever I encounter a new task or challenge, I find that I am immediately able to refer to my UL course work for support, like working with A/B testing or understanding the app development process. The software skills I gained are crucial to my work. I feel that my course also helped me gain confidence in both working independently and in a group. This has stood to me and it is this confidence that has enabled me to start my career with one of the most exciting companies in the sports industry.

Graduate Profile  Daniel Beere

I chose to study Digital Media Design at UL as I wanted to work as a graphic or web designer, but this course teaches you that design goes far beyond the pixels you see on the screen. In choosing this course, you will be given an insight into many areas of digital media and encouraged to discover what really interests you.

I graduated from the University of Limerick in 2012 and I am now a frontend developer with experience in UX design. As a frontend developer, I work with UX and UI designers and many others, to build websites. UX designers research and determine the best way to lay out a website, UI designers style it and then we develop it with code so people can access the site on the Internet. This has grown to be more than just a career as it is also my interest and a very keen hobby, so do what interests you... it makes working so much more fun!

Student Profile  Colin Doherty

Digital Media Design focuses on new media industry perspectives, teaching students how to use industry-standard applications, but also teaching creativity and understanding. The main focus is on interaction design, but people who also love videography, photography and graphic design find themselves a welcome home in DMD!

One of my favourite subjects on the course is Digital Video Fundamentals which has become a great passion of mine. The skills I learned in this area proved to be very useful when I was on CoOp and I was given the opportunity to film and edit videos, which went on to win international awards.

I went on CoOp to the SAP Apphaus in Dublin as a User Experience Intern. The Apphaus is a new generation office, which is built around team work in a highly collaborative, flexible and creative environment. This placement benefited me greatly as I was given a project for myself in which I came up with my own problems and solutions. The team I worked with were always willing to answer my questions, and under their guidance, I learned a great deal. The experience helped me build a solid foundation for my future career by improving my customer interview skills, which is exactly what an interaction designer needs to do!