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Higher Certificate in Creative Media & Design

Course Code: LC514




2 Years


Art & Design

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



The Higher Certificate in Science in Creative Media & Design aims to develop graduates with broad knowledge and skills in various aspects of digital media, design and technology. This includes the design and development of interactive systems, the production of high quality creative multimedia content and the application of digital media in the promotion of products and services. Creative Media & Design students are exposed to a broad range of subjects that reflect established and emerging industry best practice, including digital media technology, web and mobile application development, casual games development, graphic design, digital audio & video production, animation, motion graphics, visualisation and communications. Graduates can expect to take up employment in industries ranging from large multinational companies to small or medium enterprises.

The programme offering blends technology with visual and interactive design practices to produce unique graduates. The programme is heavily focused on the needs and requirements of the digital media sector. To this end, students are provided with comprehensive lectures, tutorials and workshops in creative, design & technological fields. Students also gain valuable work experience and opportunities to collaborate with external organisations and agencies by undertaking client-led external briefs.

Delivery focuses on foundational visual and interactive design principles, complemented with the development of technological skills. As the programme progresses, there is a greater emphasis on the creation of an overall immersive digital media experience. This is achieved through cross-modular projects that require students to be cognisant of both creative and technical requirements in the conception and execution of project briefs.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements. 

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Year 1    

Multimedia Technology, Audio Storytelling, Visual Language, Interpersonal Development, Design Studio I - Critical & Creative Thinking, Digital Media Management and Networks, Interactive Programming I, Design Studio II - Interaction Design, Motion Graphics I, 3D Modelling I - Introduction to Modelling for Animation, Visual Design

Year 2

Interactive Programming II, Design Studio III - User Interface Design, Media Writing, Web Design Techniques, Media Capture and Editing, Front-End Web Technologies, Information Visualisation, Effective Teamwork, Motion Graphics II, Web Content Management Systems


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates will also be eligible for a wide range of taught and research, Level 9, Masters programmes in Ireland and abroad.

What are the career prospects?

Job categories includeL Digital Media Designer, Web Developer, Multimedia Developer, Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer, Augmented and Immersive Experience Designer, Motion Graphic Designer and many more.

Graduates have worked for companies such as: IBM – Dublin, Cartrawler – Dublin, Feedhenry - Waterford, Emagine Media - Waterford, ICON PLC - Limerick, TSSG - Waterford, Setanta College - Thurles, EZ living - Galway, vStream - Dublin, Hibernia College - Dublin, Storytoys – Dublin, StoneBridge College – Birmingham UK, Business IT Solutions - Kilkenny, IT Legal - Cork, ICON PLC - Limerick, HHR Global Marketing - Singapore.

More Information

Creative Media & Design students at LIT LSAD Clonmel have been recognised both nationally and internationally in various competitions and awards including:

  • Winner of the Animation and Motion Design Category of the Institute of Designers of Ireland 2015 Graduate Award
  • Highly Commended in the Animation and Motion Design Category of the Institute of Designers of Ireland 2014 Graduate Award
  • Winner of New Media Category of the Institute of Designers of Ireland 2013 Graduate Award