We are happy to announce that we will be delivering this programme as a blended online/in-classroom experience in 2020-2021. See further details under the Programme Tab.
We are excited to announce our new MSc in Emerging Media building on over twenty years of expertise in research and teaching in the area of multimedia.
The MSc in Emerging Media:
The MSc in Emerging Media combines media production, innovative research and experimental practices to guide students in the discovery of new ways to communicate and tell stories. 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 mediascape.
This programme is being offered as a blended online/in-classroom experience for the 2020-2021 academic year. Most lectures will be delivered in on-campus classrooms equipped with live-streaming technology or via the Zoom video platform. These will be supplemented with online discussions and on-campus small group seminars, as well as individual and group assignments. Teaching will be facilitated through DCU’s online learning environment, LOOP, the Zoom video platform, and other tools.
Most practice-based modules and hands-on workshops will be delivered in on-campus classrooms or labs. For these modules, students should be able to access the necessary hardware and software available at DCU to participate in practice-based learning.
In order to join the programme, students are required to either be on campus or be able to participate remotely via online means, and all students must have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a reliable internet connection. Prospective students may avail of the blended offering from the beginning, or alternatively have the option to begin their study in Semester 1 through online engagement and, pending the lifting of health, travel and visa restrictions, join activities on campus in Semester 2, or continue to access classes online if necessary.
Dissertations/final projects can be supported remotely where necessary, but certain components of the programme, such as work placements/internships, are less likely to be available to students who could only do them remotely and may have to be replaced with other options.
Subject to public health advice, should the restrictions around on-campus delivery of teaching change, some components of the programme could take place entirely online or in a mixed mode combining in-class and online engagement. However, students who are unable to join on-campus activity in Semester 1, will be able to complete their degree fully only if they are able to come on campus in Semester 2 and able to participate in all required learning and research activities.
The blended programme is delivered by the same high quality and experienced staff who traditionally delivered on campus. Lecturers will provide feedback on your assignments and you will have access to staff via email or Zoom video calls to discuss your work.
The above conditions are subject to government and public health advice with regard to restrictions and social distancing measures and may be modified or adapted as the situation changes.
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.
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.
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- The programme is distinct in its approach to emerging media education.
- A creative and student-centered supportive learning environment.
- The 'learn by doing' philosophy inspires excellence, innovation and professionalism.
- The availability of cutting-edge technical resources and equipment.
- A dedicated teaching staff comprising both professional practitioners and academics.
- A track record of success by students in international competitions and exhibitions.
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.
School of Communications
The MSc in Emerging Media is located in the School of Communications at DCU, which has an internationally recognised reputation for teaching and research excellence in media, communications and journalism. Staff include leading academic scholars and experienced industry professionals. Their innovative peer-reviewed and internationally ranked research, which is shared in a classroom environment, also helps shape policy decisions about the worlds of media, communications and journalism both in Ireland and internationally. With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years, today the School is home to almost 1,000 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as undertaking doctoral research.
- Web Developer
- Digital Video Specialist
- Digital Imaging Specialist
- Interactive Animator/Designer
- Content Writer
- Sound Designer
- Installation Designer
- Project Manager
- New Media Artist
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. More information about the English language requirements of DCU School of Communications can be found here.