Singer/songwriter Paddy Casey has marked the launch of Digital Creator, a non-for-profit digital media course.
This initiative from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT) integrates creative skills including music and film making with digital media. It teaches students how to create new music, upload their songs, make and edit films including animation, produce their own podcasts and upload and edit their digital photographs.
Following the recent sequence of Irish international successes in the worlds of film, animation and music this course provides an opportunity for students of all ages to learn to create digital media portfolios on film, music, photography and animation.
The course is available to students of all ages, from secondary school children to adult learners. The students from age 15 to 23 were displaying their knowledge in sound recording and film-making.
Speaking at the launch, Ciaran McCormack creative director of Digital Creator said: "We are delighted to bring Digital Creator to Ireland. At a time when the Irish are doing so well in film and music it is important to have an easily accessible course that teaches students to make their own animations, films and podcasts.
"In addition many people are now finding themselves increasingly emerged in the Digital Media world. Digital Creator is also for those who would like to improve on and learn more about their Digital Lifestyle; how to Bluetooth that picture they took, or how to e-mail it to family and friends on the other side of the world or indeed to simply create a slideshow of a wedding they just attended."
The course is available to secondary level students and adult learners. The qualification is offered by the BCS in the UK and mapped to a NQAI Level 4 in Ireland and is the equivalent to a Leaving Certificate Applied level. Users will be able to log on from any computer and build their portfolio online.
As well as working online students will have access to local Digital Creator Centres for assistance and support. Students can choose to take four or eight modules depending on their interests.