E-learning Design & Development - Crawford College of Art & Design

Related policies, practices and requirements with regard to lifelong learning, and continuous education combine with the benefits and wider acceptance of e-learning as a delivery and support tool to make e-learning one of the most rapidly growing areas in both the worldwide education and training sector and the digital media sector today.

In the above context the programme seeks to produce developers of cutting edge, educationally effective e-learning solutions. Our graduates, subsequently, will go on to work as designers and developers either directly as part of the burgeoning e-learning sector or in support of in-house e-learning and learning technology departments which are becoming mainstream in a number of other areas and industries. The programme is a Master of Arts and, as such, reflects a special orientation towards, variously, creativity, culture and design, rather than technology per se.

Course Delivery
The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular face-to face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.

Master of Arts in E-learning Design and Development (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
E-Learning Instructional Design
Education Research & Proposal
New Media Workplace
Narrative & Games for Learning
E-Learning Authoring

Semester 2:
E-learning Thesis
E-learning Project

What is a Module?
A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester. A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.

For more information on approved modules for this course go to

Entry requirements

Direct entrants to this 60 credit award would typically require a Level 8 qualification in fields such as multimedia, digital media, media applications or a relevant area of design.

Applicants without such qualifications will also be considered if they can show an equivalent level of learning gained through practice or any other means (see MTU's policy for Recognition of Prior Learning).

Level 8 graduates with qualifications in other fields are invited to undertake an initial 30 credit Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development. In all cases, final admission to the course will be on the basis of interview.

Application dates

Application Closing Date: 28th September 2022.


1 year online.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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