Maynooth University

B.A. in Digital Media, Level 8
Maynooth University – MH110

3 year full-time course

Course Overview

The digital revolution is transforming how we communicate, how we express ourselves and how we form communities. This dynamic programme encompasses the twin challenges of learning to use media technologies creatively and learning to analyse the impact of new media on society and individuals.

As a student, you will have an opportunity to explore what happens when technology and imagination meet. Kairos Communications, a leading independent television and radio production company, will deliver part of the course. You will gain practical experience in a professional studio environment, learning to design digital products and to master, cameras and sound recording equipment , digital image manipulation, web design and basic animation.

You will also study the social, cultural and human implications of new media, and you have the added option to explore the underlying computer science. As the creation of digital media content is often collaborative, you will be encouraged to work on practical projects in groups, developing team-building and networking skills. You will develop your individual creativity, rooted in theoretical reflection and a solid skills base.

Course content

Specialised Digital Media degree (Joint Major option): In first year, all Digital Media students take Media Studies, Digital Media, and Computer Science modules. They take one additional Arts subject. In this option, students continue with Digital Media & Media Studies modules as well as their other Arts subject after year one. The credits in the final two years of the degree are split evenly between in Digital Media and Media Studies theory and practice modules, and the student’s chosen Arts subject. Students who do not wish to continue with the BA Digital Media after first year can choose to transfer to MH101 Arts, continuing with Computer Science and their other Arts subject.
Digital Media as a Major, with another subject as a Minor (Major/Minor option): In first year, all Digital Media students take Media Studies, Digital Media, and Computer Science modules. They take one additional Arts subject.In this option, students discontinue Computer Science at the end of first year. The majority of credits in the final two years of the degree are in Digital Media and Media Studies theory and practice modules, along with one additional Arts subject (the minor). Students normally take at least 50 credits of their Minor subject over the three years.
Digital Media as a Single Major degree: In first year, all Digital Media students take Media Studies, Digital Media, and Computer Science modules. They take one additional Arts subject. In this option, students discontinue the other Arts subject after year one. The majority of credits in the final two years are in Digital Media and Media Studies theory and practice modules and Computer Science. Students who have not taken higher level mathematics and who intend to continue with Computer Science in secind year are recommended to take Mathematical Studies as their Arts subject in first year.

Work placement/Internship

Students who opt to spend a year studying abroad are awarded a BA International degree. Students can make this choice during second year.

Career prospects; Further studies

The world of digital media production is still being defined, and the delivery of new, interactive forms of entertainment and information is still being explored. Graduates will benefit from a combination of enhanced creativity, practical production skills, and a solid grounding in the theories behind new media. Students should be prepared to enter areas such as web design, advertising, animation and game design, or the technical field of digital media application development. They may also consider careers in more traditional areas of the media, such as journalism, research, marketing and public relations.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3. HD3 or OB3 in Mathematics required. 350 . Points may vary yearly.

Contact details

Anne Byrne
Tel: 01 708 3624
Fax: 01 708 6422
Email: media.studies@nuim.ie

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/undergraduate-studies/courses/ba-digital-media