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Interactive Media - Conversion Course

Course Outline
The MSc in Interactive Media is a CONVERSION COURSE; it is an intensive taught course focusing on the practical and technical aspects of interactive media.

The broad aim of the course is to equip students from a wide range of backgrounds with a thorough understanding of the technology and industry-standard tools used in the digital media sector. Interactive digital media seeks to entertain, inform and inspire an audience. The creation of interactive digital media is a challenging and complex activity requiring a blend of creative and technical skills using a range of existing and emerging technologies.

On successful completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive knowledge of the underlying concepts, technologies and practices of interactive digital media and be able to apply these to create interactive digital media products.

The MSc (Interactive Media) is a taught programme that may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Why Choose This Course
Check out our blog to find out what our graduates have to say about the course at: http://csblog.ucc.ie.

This Conversion Course is intended for graduates who do not have a Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector. The aim of the MSc in Interactive Media is to equip you with qualifications relevant to the multimedia, broadcast, games, web, social media and general ICT industries. Interactive media is a fast-changing discipline, so we actively engage with industry and the research communities to ensure that the content of the course is continuously evolving and relevant, preparing students for a productive future in the digital media industry.

Entry requirements

The MSc in Interactive Media is a CONVERSION COURSE and open to graduates of any discipline who have achieved at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree, or those with an equivalent professional qualification, are eligible to apply, provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course. Significant overlap may occur where candidates have pursued a Computer Science course with significant multimedia or digital media content. In these cases, the Selection Committee will decide the eligibility of the candidate. Applicants without the requisite primary degree will be subject to the approval of the School and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme, provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

CKR05: 1 year full-time
CKR06: 2 years part-time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Course Practicalities
Lectures: 12 hours per week
Laboratory sessions: Six hours per week
You are expected to undertake independent reading and study.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry with 8 of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland. This sector is one of the country's most prevalent employers with over 75,000 people employed by ICT companies in Ireland. There are currently 5,400 ICT companies in Ireland, 233 of which are foreign owned. The sector is amongst the top three Irish growth industries, with both indigenous and international companies creating large bases in the country (ref www.ictireland.ie).

Numerous reports, both national and international have highlighted the digital media industry as one of the fastest growing industries in a high-value sector with significant employment and strong revenues.

Graduates of the MSc Interactive Media can take up employment in areas such as:
• Graphic Design & UI/UX Development
• Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management
• Social Media / Digital Content
• Product Management
• Digital Analytics / Visualisation
• Data / Statistical Analysis, Business Intelligence Specialist

Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2017-18 include:
Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2016-17 include:
Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, Dell EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Starting Salaries
Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
David Murphy
coordinator-mscim@cs.ucc.ie
+ 353 21 420 5908
http://multimedia.ucc.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:
Students must attain 90 credits through a combination of:
• core modules (60 credits)
• dissertation (30 credits)

Part-time students take 15 credits of core and 15 credits of elective modules each year. They undertake their dissertation in year.

Core Modules
Full-time students are required to take the following 30 credits of core modules. Part-time students are required to take three of the following core modules in each year (15 credits), for a total of six separate modules over the two years (30 credits).
• CS6100 Authoring (5 credits) - Dr. John O'Mullane, Semester 1
• CS6101 Web Development for Digital Media (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt, Semester 1
• CS6102 Graphics for Interactive Media (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 1
• CS6103 Audio and Sound Engineering (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy, Semester 1
• CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt, Semester 1
• CS6111 3D Graphics and Modelling (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy, Semester 1

And
Full-time students are required to take 30 credits from the following elective modules. Part-time students are required to take three of the following elective modules in each year (15 credits), for a total of six separate modules over the two years (30 credits).
• CS6105 Future and Emerging Interaction Technologies (5 credits) - Mr David Murphy, Semester 2
• CS6110 Animation (5 credits)
• CS6112 Image Processing (5 credits)
• CS6113 Internet-based Applications (5 credits) - Dr Frank Boehme, Semester 2
• CS6114 Digital Video Compression and Delivery (5 credits) - Dr John O'Mullane, Semester 2
• CS6115 Human-Computer Interaction (5 credits) - Dr Ian Pitt, Semester 2
• CS6116 Mobile Multimedia (5 credits) - Dr Sabin Tabirca, Semester 2
• CS6117 Audio Processing (5 credits) - Mr David Murphy, Semester 2
• CS6118 Speech Processing (5 credits)
• CS6119 Interactive Visualisation (5 credits)
• CS6120 Intelligent Media Systems (5 credits)

Note: Not all modules may be offered in a particular year and are subject to change.

Project Phase (After Period 2)
Full-time and part-time students are required to take a project as follows:
• CS6200 Dissertation in Interactive Media (30 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media
Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in the examination may opt not to proceed to the digital media project and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media.

Assessment method

Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media
Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in the examination may opt not to proceed to the digital media project and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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