Master of Arts in Creative Digital Media - UX and Interaction Design (September 2019)

TU Dublin (BN541 Blanchardstown Campus)
Key Programme Details
Award

Master of Arts

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

90

General Information
Contact

Springboard Administrator

Email

info@itb.ie

Phone

01 885 1530

Address

TU Dublin
Blanchardstown Campus
Blanchardstown Road North
Dublin 15. D15 YV78

Important Dates
Application Deadline

05/09/2019

Start Date

23/09/2019

End Date

31/08/2020

About this Course

*** Note : This course will be delivered at our Blanchardstown Campus ***

The Master of Arts in Creative Digital Media - UX and Interaction Design, has been designed for students seeking a professional career or practice related to human computer interaction, user experience design or related fields, or for those who are interested in research in the area.

Growth in demand for online services, entertainment, education and communication has resulted in a demand for graduates with a range of digital technology and media skills. Within the sector, a specific shortfall of professionals with UX and Interaction Design skills has been identified, and this programme aims to produce skilled and knowledgeable graduates who can contribute to the national and global technology economy.

The convergence of technology and design offers unique opportunities for learners from diverse backgrounds to exploit their potential using a wide range of technologies. The programme aims to equip students with an understanding and knowledge of human-centered interaction design principles and practices for a range of digital products, services and innovations. Students will develop a critical awareness of design principles, usability engineering and user experience methodologies informed by established and emerging technological environments.

This 90 credits NFQ level 9 programme will be made up of a taught component and a research project component. The emphasis of the programme is on applied skills with modules designed with the collaboration of industry. The research component will be focused on real world design in collaboration with real stakeholders. The course places a strong emphasis on project work and facilitates the building of a significant portfolio of work.

The programme aims to equip students with:

- An expert knowledge of User Experience foundations, principles and processes within the context of a rapidly changing cultural, technological and societal framework;
- An ability to design digital products and services with the optimal consideration of human-centered factors, universal and interaction design principles;
- Skills in selection of complex and advanced design research methodologies, tools, techniques and practices;
- Skills in solution-development, creative problem-solving, prototyping, and user interface design skills;
- An expert knowledge of product or service design life-cycles in innovative and collaborative environments;
- The knowledge and skills to lead, define, plan, research, prototype, design and manage interactive projects;
- An ability to communicate and engage with experts, collaborators, stakeholders, influencers, and decision-makers in a variety of professional and social contexts with respect to UX, Interaction Design and emerging technology trends;
- A critical self-awareness with respect to professional objectives and continuing professional development;
- An ability to critically examine and influence innovation, technology and design processes, institutional practices, social norms and current research;
- Independent research skills informed by the most recent debates within the field and wider social and cultural context.

Guest speakers from industry and hands on technology workshops are a dominant feature of the student experience.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the Master of Arts is a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.50 or equivalent). In the event of a student not attaining this standard level, students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by the QQI.

The acceptance of candidates with third class honours degrees and appropriate work experience and industrial certification on this course will be allowed provided there is evidence that the candidate can cope with the learning objectives of the course. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability to undertake the level work required and to assess their commitment to succeeding on the programme.
These entry requirements form the mandatory prerequisites for each of the modules in the syllabus.

Long Description

Programme Modules :
UX Design Process & Practice: explores the role, foundations, principles, processes and methods of UX design.
Interactive Technologies: Students are challenged to create innovative interactive experiences serving a variety of user
needs.
Interaction Design Fundamentals: Interaction Design is the practice of designing user interfaces for digital environments &
systems.
Graphic Communication: Students will learn to embrace an intensive design process.
Web Technologies: Develop the students’ skills and knowledge in creating simple dynamic web applications.
Critical and Contextual Studies: Examines the historical, theoretical, cultural and philosophical underpinnings of interactive
design.
Research Project: To give learners the experience of developing an individual project at postgraduate level.

Career Opportunities

Growth in demand for online services, entertainment, education and communication has resulted in a demand for
graduates with a range of digital technology and media skills. Within the sector, a specific shortfall of professionals with
UX and Interaction Design skills has been identified, and this programme aims to produce skilled and knowledgeable
graduates who can contribute to the national and global technology economy.
The Master of Arts in Creative Digital Media - UX and Interaction Design, has been designed for students seeking a
professional career or practice related to human computer interaction, user experience design or related fields, or for
those who are interested in research in the area.

Timetable Info

Mondays
9am - 1pm - UX Design Process & Practice
Break
2pm - 6pm - Interactive Technologies

Tuesdays
9am - 1pm - Graphic Communications
Break
2pm - 6pm - Clinics ( Guest lectures, Seminars, Tutorials )

The programme is delivered in a flexible manner and supported by a number of online seminars and review sessions.
Guest speakers from industry and hands on technology workshops are a dominant feature of the student experience.

Delivery Location

TU Dublin
Blanchardstown Campus
Blanchardstown Road North
Dublin 15. D15 YV78

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Springboard Administrator

Address

TU Dublin
Blanchardstown Campus
Blanchardstown Road North
Dublin 15. D15 YV78

Phone

01 885 1530

Email

info@itb.ie

Application Procedures

Apply Online at https://springboardcourses.ie/