Emerging Media

We provide a vibrate space for students who see the possibilities in new technologies to extend their creative voices. Through engaging with the most current research, which inspects the impact of digitisation, internet technologies, Internet of Things and social media on our culture and ways of communicating, students are equipped to navigate, analyse and contribute to our constantly evolving media-scape.

DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 200 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking.

Why should I choose DCU?
The world of interactive emerging media is constantly changing and, as the first degree of its kind in Ireland, the MSc in Multimedia continues to evolve with it. With its creative and innovative approach and experienced range of lecturers and professional practitioners, the MSc in Emerging Media has a consistent record of producing top graduates who have the expertise, creativity and versatility to succeed in numerous careers.

This programme is offered full-time over one year.

Students take a combination of core and option modules in areas such Responsive Media, Moving Image, Media Innovation, Sound Design and Media Animation. All students complete a Final Team Production Project.

• To provide students from a range of undergraduate and skills' backgrounds with an effective learning environment with respect to digital media technologies and content creation.
• To develop the core technical skills required in the application of industry-standard new media tools.
• To develop the creative and technical skills in the design, editorial, authoring skills and communication competencies required for the appropriate application/use of multimedia technologies in the production of content, products and services.

Subjects taught

Programme Academic Structure for 2023 - 2024, MSc in Emerging Media
This information is provisional & subject to change.

Year 1 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
CM50020 Understanding Social Media 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
CM5037 Emerging Media Praxis 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
CM5040 Visual Design 10 Semester 2 0 100 1
CM553 Responsive Media 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
CM554 Imaging 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
CM555 Audio and Sound Design 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
CM558 Moving Image and Video Production 10 Semester 2 0 100 1
CM5670 Major Project 20 Semester 2 0 100 2
CM595 Project Plan and Management 5 Semester 2 0 100 1

Year 1 Optional Modules -
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
CM5011 Social Media:Structures,Practices&Application 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
CM531 Screenwriting 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
CM5360 Media Audiences and Consumption 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
UM405 Uaneen Non-Contributing Module Year long 0 100 1

Entry requirements

For admission to the MSc in Emerging Media programme, successful applicants will have -
• A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent.
• Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
• Applicants who have not yet completed their degree may receive a conditional offer on the basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of no less than a H2.2 degree.
• International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme.

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

• Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.
• Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Application Queries
For EU applicant queries, please visit https://www.dcu.ie/registry/eu-postgraduate-taught-admissions
or email postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie

For non EU applicant queries, please visit https://www.dcu.ie/registry/international-admissions-undergraduate-and-postgraduate
or email internationaladmissions@dcu.ie

To apply for this programme:
• All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal - view Application Weblink above

• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.

• Provide a written personal statement of 500-750 (maximum) outlining your:

(i) suitability for the programme;
(ii) relevant recent experiences by providing evidence of any previous media practice – e.g. YouTube/ SoundCloud or links to articles online etc.
(iii) involvements in areas specific to the programme or examples of media you admire or creators who inspire you and why this motivates you to create media.

• If applicable, evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.


1 year full-time

Enrolment dates

The programme commences in September 2024.

Post Course Info

Graduates from the course can expect to find employment in a range of media-related industries. Graduates are employed in a wide range of media companies, broadcasters and NGOs taking up such roles as Online Visual Designer, Film Maker, Editor, Interaction Designer, Animator, UX/UI Designer Sound Designer and leading to roles such as Transmedia Campaign Manager, Creative Director or Head of Digital Production.

Potential Careers:
• Digital Video Specialist
• Digital Imaging Specialist
• Interactive Designer
• Content/Technical Writer
• Sound Designer/Engineer
• Installation Designer
• Project Manager
• New Media Artist
• Video editor
• Video game designer
• UX – UI Design Lead
• Social Media Communications Manager
• Creative Director

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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