School of Communications

Multimedia

Multimedia
CAO Code:
DC133
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
440
Duration:
3 yr
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The BSc in Multimedia at DCU is a programme for those who are creative, enquiring, and interested in the creation of engaging and interactive media experiences. Our graduates are highly successful designers, developers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and scholars.

If, like them, you are intrigued by the relationship we have to media and digital technologies in our lives - and want to explore, improve and expand that relationship - this is the course for you. You should enjoy working with digital technologies, and be interested in problem solving, creative expression, and working in focussed team-based projects.

Course structure 2021-2022

The degree’s modules will introduce you to a variety of core skills from which you can build and specialise. 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. 

DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 150 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking.

DCU Multimedia's balanced grounding in creativity and technology is invaluable in an industry where designers are expected to be an expert in not one, but many fields.

In the course of your Multimedia degree, you’ll acquire a command of the concepts and practices in digital text, image and sound manipulation, and multimedia authoring. In this way, you will be equipped to contribute to multimedia product development and to manage a diverse range of multimedia projects. You will participate in many group-based projects, reflecting the media design and production industries that this programme prepares graduates for and developing your skills in effective and creative teamwork.

You will:

  • develop an understanding of digital media theory, including issues of content and form.
  • acquire a command of the concepts and practices in digital text, image and sound manipulation, and multimedia authoring.
  • learn to design, develop, and manage a diverse range of creative multimedia projects.

Year One of the programme has a fixed set of core modules that develop crucial production skills in imaging, video, sound, responsive media and information design, as well as a foundation in social and media theory that will inform your studies and work.

Year Two continues your education in relevant theory and in interaction design, allowing a significant specialisation as you choose the degree focus that best suits you from a range of modules in areas such as advanced sound and video production, interactive apps, animation, media spaces, physical computing and more.

Year Three allows further options for specialism and provides support and development for a major project that encompasses the final semester of the programme. These projects are diverse in form and focus, but each becomes a substantial showcase of the students’ creative skill. A public exhibition of these projects takes place in central Dublin each May.

Join a respected programme, Ireland’s longest running degree course in this area, which has retained and built upon its record of excellence.
Create and critique compelling interactive media, through understanding and using theory and technology.
Gain insight into the changing field of media production, and acquire the skills to thrive in its many different disciplines.
Learn from staff with extensive industry expertise, who contribute to internationally recognised research in this field, and who have been awarded for their teaching excellence.
Shape your BSc in Multimedia by choosing from module options that allow you to specialise in relevant areas of media design and production.
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Richard Nolan, BSc in Multimedia Lead Graphic Designer, Secret Cinema London

DCU Multimedia's balanced grounding in creativity and technology is invaluable in an industry where designers are expected to be an expert in not one, but many fields.

BSc in Multimedia's Final Year Exhibition video

Graduates of the BSc in Multimedia enter a wide array of career paths in production, design, interaction, and research. The programme is well-established and graduates are valued for their knowledge of production and project management, as well as their specialised skills from optional module choices. Alumni of the degree work in a wide variety of roles in creative media, including production for broadcast and online channels, advertising, interface and product design, programming and app development, and a range of consultancy and management. The skills our graduates gain on the programme are highly relevant to the quickly growing and changing market for quality media design and production.

Career Areas:
  • Advertising (Creative & Content)
  • Animation & Illustration
  • Broadcast Production
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Project Planning & Management
  • E-Commerce & Online Sales
  • Game Design & Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Product Design
  • Research & User testing
  • Social Media Content & Strategy
  • Sound Production & Editing
  • UI (Interface) Design
  • Video Effects
  • Editing Video Production & Post-production
  • Web Design & Development

Requirements

Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 in English

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C English

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. 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. For further information on international applications click here.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie