CAO Points in 2013: 285
We welcome applications from mature students, who must apply to the CAO.
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.
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
Most graduates opt to progress to DL142, IADT’s BSc (Honours) in Computing in Multimedia Systems / Web Engineering (Level 8 Award), which is a one year add-on to this course. You can also continue your studies at Honours Degree level in other institutions of Higher Education in Ireland or overseas. In addition, there are many opportunities in the growing and dynamic computing and multimedia industries. Graduates are employed in many roles including
- web application development
- software development
- games development
- e-Learning application development.
Graduates have been employed by a wide range of companies from large corporates like Microsoft to smaller web development companies like Lionbridge Technologies, as well as going on to further education. Typical employers over the last couple of years are:
- Lucidity Digital
What modules will I study?
Learn the technologies that come together to make computers work
Web Programming I
The basics of programming using Java
Create animations, interactive presentations and games, combining graphics, text and audio.
Digital Media Production Techniques
Edit images in Photoshop, video in Premiere and audio in Audition
Computer Modelling I
Apply basic concepts and techniques from maths to create simple animations
Contemporary Issues in Multimedia
Learn about up to date issues like new technologies, gaming and music industries
Web Programming II
Create interactive websites similar to industry sites such as Amazon using PHP
Software design, prototyping and testing using UML and Axure
Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
How operating systems and processors work using Linux
Algorithms and Data Structures
Coming up with efficient ways of programming using Java
Multimedia Authoring and Design
Developing rapid prototyping techniques for interface design
Database Management Systems
Learn how databases work using MySQL and SQL Server
Learn the principles and practices of web design using current web technologies including HTML5 and CSS3
Video and 3-D Modelling Production
Adobe After Effects video editing and 3D Studio Max modelling and animation
Object-Oriented Programming and Design
Develop applications using object-oriented design and programming techniques like inheritance and polymorphism
Computer Modelling II
Apply basic concepts from applied maths - such as projectile motion, collision detection and ‘bounce’ motion
Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
Developing an understanding of how computer networks & the Internet works. Socket programming is used to show how network applications are designed and implemented
Multimedia programming further develops and improves the student’s software design and programming skills with particular reference to the development of multimedia applications using multimedia authoring tools and scripting languages
Digital Media Entrepreneurship
Apply business concepts to promote app ideas, create a business plan and online marketing
The development of a multimedia computing project
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.
Are there any costs for materials?
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.