What is Multimedia Systems / Web Engineering?
Multimedia is a fast growing and exciting area within the software industry. Multimedia is the technology which produces computer games, computer-generated movies and internet applications. If you have ever bought a CD or DVD, watched a movie like Shrek, sent text messages on a mobile phone, played a computer game or logged on to the internet then you have participated in multimedia entertainment. If you buy items or do banking over the internet, then you are using multimedia business applications. If you have ever accessed an encyclopedia from a CD or the internet, you have used educational multimedia!
Information Technology (IT) is one of Ireland’s fastest growing industries and multimedia is one of the fastest growing applications of IT. It is a very varied and exciting area with lots of opportunities. A multimedia professional might be working in a very small company or a large multi-national or indeed may be self-employed (as many multimedia workers are).
The programme aims to give you the skills and knowledge to participate in the IT industry, which is in constant need of skilled people.
You will study the subjects found on any computing programme such as how to program a computer (using Java), how computers and the internet work. You will also study specific multimedia subjects, including multimedia design. The course also requires you to study the concepts required to represent phenomena such as planetary motion or traffic patterns at road junctions using multimedia systems such as Director and Flash. Mathematics is a significant component in a number of modules, so you should be comfortable with studying maths.
Aims and Learning Objectives
The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that you develop the personal and professional skills to enable you to work as a mature, self-confident professional in the computing/IT industry, with particular reference to the multimedia/digital media sector.
The learning outcomes of the programme are:
- to learn the core skills, knowledge and capabilities to gain good employment in the computing industry
- to be trained in the additional skills required specifically by the multimedia sector, with a specialization in the technical design of multimedia systems
- to attain the personal and professional knowledge required to participate in a rapidly changing and competitive business environment.
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
Graduates have found employment in many areas of multimedia including games development, web application development, multimedia application development, computer based training, e-Learning application development, interactive multimedia development, software development, software analysis and project management.
What modules will I study?
- Computer Technology;
- Web Programming I;
- Multimedia Authoring;
- Digital Media Production Techniques;
- Computer Modelling I;
- Contemporary Issues in Multimedia
- Web Programming II;
- Software Production;
- Computer Architecture and Operating Systems;
- Algorithms and Data Structures;
- Multimedia Authoring and Design;
- Database Management Systems;
- Web Design;
- Video and 3-D Modelling Production
- Object-Oriented Programming and Design;
- Computer Modelling II;
- Computer Networks and Distributed Systems;
- Multimedia Programming;
- Digital Media Entrepreneurship
- Students also choose one option from either:
- an individual project or
- The IDEA Project combined with Multimedia Programming Practice.
- Multimedia Systems;
- Applied Research Methods;
- Students also choose two of the following elective modules:
- Computer Graphics;
- Data Visualisation;
- Technology and Learning;
- Content Management Systems;
- Games Programming;
- Physical Computing;
- Advanced Web Design and Mobile Computing.
- Students will also complete a substantial research-based project.
Are there any costs for materials and/or field trips?
The expenditure in this programme is of €50 approximately per year. You will have to purchase USB sticks, CD-Rom, DVDs, headphones, microphones, etc. It would be desirable that students could purchase their own digital camera. Cost could vary from €100 to €400.
What are the entry requirements?
Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent) with a minimum of Grade C3 in two higher level papers together with Grade D3 in four subjects which must include Maths and English. Foundation Level Maths is not acceptable.
Applicants with FETAC awards require distinctions in 3 (of 8) modules. Please note that you require at least a pass (D3) in Ordinary Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate or a pass in a mathematical methods module as part of your FETAC Award.
FETAC Links for this programme are:
- BEBXX: eBusiness
- BIPXX: Information Processing
- CCTXX: Control Technology
- CELTX: Electronic Technology
- CITXX: Information Technology
- CNSSX: Networks and Software Systems
- EMMPX: Multimedia Production
- EMMWD: Multimedia and Web Development
- EMPXX: Media Production
- EMXXX: Multimedia
CAO Points in 2010: 335
We welcome applications from mature students, who must apply to the CAO.