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BSc in Creative Media & Design

Course Code: LC504


Level

7

Duration

3 Years

Department

Art & Design


CAO Points

192

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Clonmel

This programme is focussed on the creation of digital media experiences. You will gain knowledge and skills related to Interface and User Experience Design, Interaction Design, Augmented and Mixed Reality, Web Technologies and Motion Graphics.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: 3D Modelling I - Introduction to Modelling for Animation

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the core techniques and terminology required for the modelling of high quality 3d scenes for use in the entertainment industries. This module will focus on developing the learner's understanding of the technical requirements to successful model a real world hard surface objects. The learner will be introduced to the technical and aesthetic considerations required for the creation of high quality 3d models for use in the entertainment industries.

    The ultimate goal of this module is to introduce methods by which modellers can create topologically efficient and aesthetically pleasing 3d models.


    Title: Audio Storytelling

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to digital audio systems and to give them the understanding of the principles and practice of audio creativity, recording and mixing which is required to create high quality audio content for digital media video, animation and applications.


    Title: Design Studio I - Critical & Creative Thinking

    Credits: 5

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    This course will introduce learners to the principles and concepts related to critical thinking, creative thinking and creativity. Students will begin by exploring the nature of creativity. Learners will then explore the development of creativity and creative problem solving techniques including the evaluation of potential ideas. Critical thinking will then be examined to develop learners ability to determine the causes of problems and consequences of actions. In addition, the module will also develop the learners ability to accept taking risks and potential failures in the pursuit of innovative solutions and ideas.

    The module will be based on a student-centered learning approach and utilise workshop based exploration of topics with significant elements of problem-based learning.


    Title: Design Studio II - Interaction Design

    Credits: 5

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    In this module the learner is introduced to interaction design through a user centered approach to the design of digital products. The learner explores how best to support user interactions with digital products in a context sensative, goal orienatated manner.


    Title: Digital Media Management and Networks

    Credits: 5

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    The aims of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of fundamental concepts of computer systems, files, network communication, internet protocols and technologies required to manage digital media


    Title: Interactive Programming I

    Credits: 5

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    Interactive Programming I introduces programming concepts to students. This module utilises graphical objects to contextualise the application of programming in a digital media environment.


    Title: Interpersonal Development

    Credits: 5

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    Interpersonal Development is an interactive, workshop-style module that helps students develop their personal effectiveness. Core components include; learning styles, interpersonal psychology, effective communication and professional presentations.


    Title: Motion Graphics I

    Credits: 5

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    The primary aim of this module is to explore the foundations of motion graphics. Design for screen, effective use of typography, graphical elements, sound, video, and motion are covered with simple animations, logo and shape motion, and environmental visual effects.


    Title: Multimedia Technology

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to give learners a firm understanding of the fundamentals of computer architecture, network architecture, web architecture and multimedia file storage formats.


    Title: Visual Design

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to broaden the learner's understanding of the elements and principles in Visual Design and Communications.


    Title: Visual Language

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the elements of Visual Language and Design Principles. Learners will develop, experiment and apply the use of space, image, type and colour to communicate ideas and information with clarity and effect.


  • Year 2

    Title: Design Studio III - User Interface Design

    Credits: 5

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    In this module the learner builds on acquired visual literacy, critical thinking, creative thinking and interaction design skills, tools and methodologies to build high-fidelity interactive user interfaces that address user goals, technical constraints and are context aware.


    Title: Effective Teamwork

    Credits: 5

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    Effective Teamwork is an interactive module designed to provide students with core theory/concepts central to understanding how to create effective teams and will challenge them to put that theory into practice. Students will gain an understanding of themselves as teamworkers, learn how teams develop via central concepts in social psychology and increase their skill in intervening to increase team effectiveness.


    Title: Front-End Web Technologies

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to develop the learners understanding of core front technologies to support interactive web content. It introduces learners to a client-side scripting language and associated tools and then leverages front-end libraries to accelerate the development process.


    Title: Information Visualisation

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to information visualisation and to provide them with the skills necessary to understand the principles of effective information visualization and to undertake a series of information visualisation projects.


    Title: Interactive Programming II

    Credits: 5

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    Interactive Programming II advances the programming abilities of students. The emphasis of this module is on developing complex event-driven interactive applications that can be deployed to a range of devices (e.g. PC, mobile, tablet, TV) and utilise audio and visual components).


    Title: Media Capture and Editing

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learners creative and technical skills in producing original digital photographic and video material applying best principles of capture. It's secondary aim is to give learners an understanding of the procedures involved in digital asset pediting and post production to create high−quality content for digital media.


    Title: Media Writing

    Credits: 5

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    This module will help students develop the necessary writing and technical skills to write correctly for different print media. It will also help students develop the necessary analytical skills to write critically about elements of popular print media.

    The module will provide opportunities for the students to develop their potential in creative writing and also develop an appreciation of different writing styles and associated narrative conventions. It will feature a series of exercises designed to lay the foundation for writing press releases.

    The module will also promote the development of functional and creative writing through a variety of workshop and online collaborative methodologies, culminating in the completion of a portfolio of work that can be subsequently reviewed and built on throughout the programme.


    Title: Motion Graphics II

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learners creative and technical skills in producing motion graphic material based upon their foundational motion graphic and design skills. It’s secondary aim is to give learners an understanding of the procedures involved in adapting visual design to create dynamic high−quality content as digital media.


    Title: Web Content Management Systems

    Credits: 5

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    This module will introduce learners to Web Content Management Systems and introductory server-side programming techniques.


    Title: Web Design Techniques

    Credits: 10

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    10 credit module with focus on HTML5, CSS and 4 weeks intro to JavaScript at end of module.


  • Year 3

    Title: Audio Environments

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learners creative and technical skills in digital audio production and gain further knowledge in the principles and practice in the art of sound design, mixing and mastering which is required to create high quality audio content for digital media. The secondary aim is to introduce the use of interactive audio technologies.


    Title: Augmented & Mixed Reality Environments

    Credits: 5

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    This module will explore the design and applications of Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality environments.


    Title: Database Technology

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of fundamental concepts of Database design and implementation.


    Title: Digital Literacies

    Credits: 5

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    This module will give students the practical and theoretical grounding in digital literacies necessary to assess and leverage influence in online writing. Students will learn about key contemporary communication issues such as identity management in an online context. They will also develop abilities to critically assess both their own online writing and that of others in key media contexts. They will understand the issue of disclosure in online writing.


    Title: Employment Placement

    Credits: 5

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    To Set up and monitor workplacement for students.

    Students will engage in work placement for this element and as a result an 80% attendance is required to fulfill the requirements of the module.


    Title: Interaction Design: Research Methods

    Credits: 5

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    To provide learners with a fundamental knowledge of the processes and techniques used in indentifying user needs with regard to interactive products and establishing user requirements.


    Title: Interactive Visualisation

    Credits: 10

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    Interactive Visualisation advances learners programming, mulitmedia technology and interactive design capabilities through the creation of interactive visualisations that leverage generative, data driven visuals combined with supporting hardware that facilitates user interaction.


    Title: Management of Digital Media Projects

    Credits: 5

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    This module will give students a theoretical and practical knowledge of how to manage a Digital Media project over its entire project lifecycle from project proposal and scoping stage through planning, scheduling and execution.


    Title: Professional Development

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to enable students to develop personal skills that can be used and applied effectively in the professional context. There will be a particular focus on professional career skills. This module focuses on 4 key areas; Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Career Planning, a Professional CV and Effective Interview techniques.


    Title: Server Side Programming I

    Credits: 5

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    This module is used to introduce the students to a server side programming language. The students will learn to process web pages and create database driven web applications in addition to advancing theis overall programming skills.


    Title: Video Environments

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to broaden learners creative and technical skills in producing contemporary digital video material and to engage with advanced procedures involved in digital video pre-production, production and post production.


    Title: Web Development Frameworks

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to examine, appraise and employ both server-side and client-side frameworks for use in web applications. The module will also advance learners programming skills.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this course are eligible to progress to the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Creative Media and Design.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this course have worked in the following positions:                     

  • Digital Media Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Multimedia Developer 
  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Augmented and Immersive Experience Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer