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

E-learning as a field of study, as an approach to teaching and learning and as an industry, has evolved considerably over the last decade and a half. Governments and policy makers have made e-learning a central imperative of their political educational rhetoric and provide substantial funding initiatives to support its development and mainstreaming. 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.

Subjects taught

All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

The course is delivered full-time over just 2 semesters. The first semester, which runs from September to December consists of five taught modules. Semester two runs from February until June and incorporates the development and piloting of an innovative e-learning solution, and the completion of a traditional academic thesis.

Semester 1 September - December
E-Learning Instructional Design
Education Research & Proposal (10 ECTS)
New Media Workplace
Narrative & Games for Learning
E-Learning Authoring

Semester 2 February - June
E-learning Thesis (20 ECTS)
E-learning Project (10 ECTS)

The student's e-learning project is to be developed in tune with both contemporary learning theory and contemporary e-learning practice. As part of the thesis element of the programme students are, in addition, required to pilot or field test their project outcome with real learners. Data analysis, findings and conclusions resulted from same are, finally, to be presented in context of a formal academic thesis incorporating, as appropriate, a literature review and technical/use case background.

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.

All other applicants are invited to undertake MTU's 30 credit online Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development (CR_HDMTE_8) which runs from September to May.

In all cases, final admission to the course will be on the basis of interview.

If you are interested in making an application for the programme but are not sure if your qualifications are sufficient please make contact with the course co-ordinator or head of department.

Application dates

Course commencing 12th September 2022.

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: 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.
Applications Open 1st February 2022


M.A.: 60 ECTS


ONLINE: 2 Semesters (September to June)

Online 2 semesters (September to June).

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. All registered students are also, uniquely, 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 face-to face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.


EU & Non EU Applicants €5,250

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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