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Interactive Media

Overview

The M.Sc./M.A. in Interactive Media is a 12-months intensive course that is designed specifically for graduates who are interested in pursuing studies that combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. It offers unique opportunities for designers, computer scientists and artists to exploit their potential in new areas (experience, interaction and participatory design, internet of things, social media and virtual reality, mobile and physical computing), across a wide range of activities, such as digital multimedia, software development, interactive installation, human-centred research and education. The unique features of this development include:

•A new type of multidisciplinary graduate who combines technological competence with human-centered design and artistic/creative endeavour;
•The effect of this course will enhance a student's education and employment prospects. This course will enable students to capitalise on their existing education and to extend their competencies;
•The increase in awareness of the opportunities offered by computer technology in a range of industries and services in new and traditional media (from audio/video recording/editing to web development, from broadcasting to social media, from product, event and service design asking for more interactivity to mobile computing).

The course is limited to twenty students per year with the option of either an MA or MSc degree. Students will have exclusive access to an Interaction Design Studio and to a prototyping Lab. At the end of the year, students will exhibit their final project at the Digital Art Week Now exhibition (see www.dawn.ul.ie). For more detailed information please visit http://imedia.csis.ul.ie

Entry requirements

A primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in any subject area, with first or second class honours. A satisfactory interview and a review of the candidate's portfolio.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
•Portfolio of work

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates from the Master in Interactive media will be able to direct and manage interactive media development projects combining technological competence with Human-centred design and artistic/creative endeavour. Graduates from the master's in music technology programme have gone on to employment in a wide range of areas from audio/video recording/editing to web development, from broadcasting to social media, from product and service design asking for more interactivity to mobile computing. Past students have become interaction designers, usability experts, teachers or remained artists but with a digital edge to their work. At the end of the year, students will exhibit their final project at the Digital Art Week Now exhibition (see www.dawn.ul.ie).

Further enquiries

CONTACT
Cristiano Storni, PhD
Interaction Design Centre
Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems
Office: +353 61 202632
Fax: +353 61 213484

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The MSc/MA in Interactive media is a 12-month intensive course that is designed specifically for graduates who are interested in pursuing studies that combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. The convergence of computer and new media technologies offers unique opportunities for designers/artists to exploit their potential in new application areas, by the use of different design methodologies and across a wide range of activities, such as recording, multimedia, software/hardware, broadcasting and education.

Autumn Semester:
•Foundations of Interactive Media Design
•Interactive Media Project/Workshop 1

Electives (choose 2)
•Digital Media Software and Systems 2
•Information Society
•Realtime Audio & Video
•Physical Computing

Spring
•Principles of Interactive Media Design
•Interactive Media Project/Workshop 2

Electives (Choose 2)
•Mobile Application Design
•Product Design & Modelling
•Visual Coding
•Applied Interaction Design
•CS-Studio I

Summer
•Interactive Media Project
(see project sample at www.dawn.ul.ie

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

The M.Sc./M.A. in Interactive Media was designed specifically for graduates who are interested in pursuing studies that combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. Offers unique opportunities for designer, computer scientist and artists to exploit their potential in new areas, across a wide range of activities, such as multimedia, software, interactive installation, and education.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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