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Digital Media Design and Development (Certificate)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    LEVEL 8 Special Purpose Award

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  • Application Closing Date:

    12th October 2019

Course duration:

1 Semester (September to December)

Admission Requirements:

Candidates are required to have already completed a level 8 degree or equivalent. Basic computer and keyboard skills are essential. Familiarity with social media and media sharing platforms and services are desirable too, as well as an interest at least in video production, graphic design and/or interactive media. 

If there are high levels of interest admission to the course may be on the basis of interview. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be applicable for candidates with existing skills or knowledge in any of the programme modules (see for further information on this process).


Media Communications

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This programme will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

An Information session will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Course Fee: €1,800 (€300 per module)


The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. All registered students will be given access to a virtualised desktop which provides all their multimedia software and remote storage requirements for the duration of the course. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular faceto- face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.


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The programme will provide students with a broad and practical introduction to the world of digital media design and development. Graduates will leave equipped with fundamental skills and knowledge with regard to a wide range of modern digital media technologies and design solutions and will have a systematic understanding of the design and development process and of related job roles and industries.

As such, this single semester online programme may appeal to those lacking a background in the above but with an interest in either:
a) enriching their own work practices with key digital media skills and a deeper understanding of this field.

b) taking the first steps in beginning an actual career in the broad digital media industry. In this latter context the award is accepted as a bridging route for applicants who are interested in undertaking the Department’s 60 credit Master of Arts in E-learning Design & Development but who do not possess the pre-requisite digital media experience or qualifications


The programme will draw from extensive in-house expertise and facilities within the Department of Media Communications with regard to digital media production and post-production, programming and application development, user experience research, interaction design etc. The Department is home to a number of cognate programmes, in particular the BA (Hons) Creative Digital Media, the MA in Journalism & Digital Content Creation, the MA in Public Relations with New Media, and the MA in E-learning Design and Development. 



Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Further Studies

MA in E-learning Design & Development, ECTS Credits: 30 (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Detailed module information is available here


  • Online applications is open for course commencing in September 2019.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €600 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents including evidence of your possession of a Level 8 degree or similar.



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Dr Jessica Shine
021 433 5933

Rose McGrath, Head of Department of Media Communications
021 433 5812