BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Web Development

Course Points
300
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
September 2018

Five great reasons to consider this course

  • In this programme creative and technical disciplines are merged, providing a strong foundation in design and programming, ideally suited for the New Media industries. A graduate will be able to develop products dependent on knowledge involving more than one field of study. Therefore, you will be able to synthesise ideas and concepts across the creative and technical sectors.
  • This course gives advanced training in designing and programming for the web. This is possible because the programme focusses on the web domain and digital media, rather than multiple computing or creative industries contexts. You will design and develop sophisticated, database driven, interactive applications for the web and other interactive media, such as mobile apps.
  • It supplies internationally sought after skills and career pathways. The demand for IT professionals and web developers continues to increase, particularly as broadband makes more facilities and services available via the internet.
  • It offers a semester long Work Placement. This gives you experience of real world projects and multidisciplinary team membership. It facilitates the transfer of learning from an educational to a professional organisational context.
  • It provides channels to express both creative and technical talents. A multimedia web developer works with media content such as text, sound, graphics, digital photography, animation or video, while writing computer code or script to make the various features work.

Course Summary

This four-year honours degree course aims to produce graduates who have strong creative and technical design skills in Multimedia Web Applications Development. The aim of this course is to produce interactive media professionals who have the cross-disciplinary capabilities of both designing and programming.

This four-year honours degree course aims to produce graduates who have strong creative and technical design skills in Multimedia Web Applications Development. This interdisciplinary degree includes an integrated work placement semester that has been developed to offer students a strong mix of both creative multimedia and computing. The aim of this course is to produce interactive media professionals who have the cross-disciplinary capabilities of both designing and programming.

Graduates will be multidisciplinary. This course is ideally suited to students who are part-creative and part-technical. Graduates will be able to generate creative content for interactive media. They will be able to design and develop sophisticated, database driven, interactive applications for the web and other media. However, they will specialize in web-domain knowledge: in web design, in web programming and in web-domain data base design.

Telecommunications, computing, cultural and creative industries are converging, often across the web platform. The web provides more than an infrastructure it gives rise to a host of new products and services, ranging from e-business, e-commerce, cloud computing, e-learning, digital imaging, multi-player gaming, social networking and natural language searching, amongst many others. The web continues to grow in market share, segmentation and size. This degree programme taps directly into that market.

The course is laid out in six module streams, ensuring that the student is subjected to an ongoing balanced exposure to technical and creative learning. The six module streams are:

  • Software
  • Database for the Web
  • Web Technologies
  • Interface Design
  • Authoring and Content Creation
  • Professional Development

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

YEAR - Semester 2:

YEAR 2 - Semester 1:

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:

YEAR 3 - Semester 1

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:

*In fourth year, students can focus on specialized subjects across the two semesters, within a system of paired modules. For example, the Semester 7 module, Sound Synthesis, is paired with the Semester 8 module Sound Implementation. This pattern is repeated for the other subjects.

YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
(Mandatory)

(Electives)

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
(Mandatory)

(Electives)

*To Note: The modules offered are subject to change and are listed for indicative purposes only.

Module Streams
The course is laid out in six module streams, ensuring that the student is subjected to an ongoing balanced exposure to technical and creative learning. The six module streams are:

  1. Software: The software stream provides students with the fundamental skills necessary to specify, implement and test software applications. Students first learn basic programming skills and then develop these skills in different environments. The knowledge gained in this stream will be applied throughout the course.
  2. Database for the Web: The Database for the Web stream can be considered the cement that will permit the student to integrate the output of the other complementary streams, thereby permitting the design and develop of sophisticated, database driven, interactive applications for the web and other media.
  3. Web Technologies: The aim of this stream is to provide students with the technical knowledge of current web development environments. It will enable students to design and develop web-based interactive client-side and server-side applications using industry standard digital media development tools.
  4. Interface Design: The aim of this stream is to empower the student with the knowledge and capability to create intuitive and attractive interfaces. Graduates will be capable of undertaking the creative and technical aspects of interface design from concept design to the creation and implementation of the GUI.
  5. Authoring and Content Creation: The aim of this stream is to equip learners with the skills necessary to digitally create, edit and capture audio visual content. In addition, this stream develops interaction design skills, from the early concept planning stage through to design and online delivery. At Stage 4 it provokes further development of design skills by exploring interactive media design from a wide scope of social and cultural contexts.
  6. Professional Development: The aim of this stream is to facilitate the transfer of learning from an educational to a professional organisational context. Teamwork is a key component. Through the requirement to solve creative and technical problems in simulated real-world projects and through multidisciplinary team membership, interdisciplinary knowledge transfer is supported. This stream also teaches students to consider the larger cultural context that defines the nature of graduate work, such as entrepreneurship, business process or legal and ethical industry concerns.

This honours degree will provide the skilled people that will be needed to grow the multimedia and other software industries within Ireland and abroad. Did you know that:

  • Ireland is the second largest exporter of software in the world?
  • Software generates 30% of Ireland’s exports?
  • Eight of the world’s top ten software companies have a significant presence in Ireland?
  • Almost all graduates in this area get employment within a short period after graduation?

Graduates will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the creative and developmental strands within the multimedia discipline and will be skilled in the use of a range of digital media.

Graduates will be equipped to follow career paths in the following areas:

  • Web Developer / Web Designer
  • Web Master
  • Web Domain Database Designer
  • Creative Technologist
  • Multimedia Developer / Multimedia Designer / Multimedia content creator (i.e. creating graphics, animation, sound, video and user interfaces)
  • Computer Analyst
  • Applications Programmer

In addition, graduates from this course will be in a position to establish their own multimedia software company. The underpinning philosophy which motivated the design of Multimedia Web Development was to merge disciplines, and by doing so, to cultivate entrepreneurial skills that are interdisciplinary.

This positions the course at a strategic level in the shifting and dynamic new media area, in comparison to creative or technical courses that focus solely on one skill set. Programming skills are combined with design skills in all areas of digital media, including web, audio and video design. Students also learn core design skills, such as visual communication, photography and creative writing.

Graduates with a satisfactory level of achievement may be able to undertake postgraduate (HDip/ Masters/PhD) studies.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

INCLUDING at least two H5 Grades

AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

OR A-Level qualifications that are equivalent to the above.

The Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing welcomes applicants with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Applications from Mature Students are also encouraged.

Other Things to Note: You do not need to have any prior knowledge in any subject other than the entry requirements that are listed above. In particular, you do not need previous experience in programming or art/design.

Mr Sebastian Gates (Programme Director Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing)
Phone: +353 892084971
Email: sebastian.gates@dkit.ie

As the technical boundaries of multimedia disappear, future research will focus more on human, emotional and cognitive factors. Ironically, a problem designers face is that the new opportunities for expression offered by multimedia are so vast as to often overwhelm; and undesirable consequences can be costly. You will learn how to harness the numerous possibilities of multimedia, to produce IT products closely attuned to the way people think.

You do this by studying core design skills, for example visual communication, human computer interaction, user experience (UX) design, or creative writing.

 Students of this programme specialise in designing databases for the web, so that information can be stored and retrieved interactively via the interface. For example, a company looking to create a catalogue of their sales products, or a historical society looking to create a database of genealogy records, could employ a Multimedia Web Development graduate to create the front end, the interface for such a product, as well as to programme the database.

Course ID DK890
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 300
Places 20
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Visual and Human-Centred Computing
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
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