Certificate in Digital Media Design (January 2021 Intake)

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DK_IMDIG_7)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Digital Media Design

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music

General Information

Sebastian Gates






Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Co. Louth


Lecturer and Course Academic Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Digital designers use creativity and computer skills to produce design visuals that are viewed on screen and print based media. Target mediums for digital design include social media platforms, web based services, digital billboards, multimedia presentations, pitch decks, advertising, digital marketing bulletins, and other specialised design services. The aim of the Certificate in Digital Design course is to provide students with a strong balance of technical knowledge and theory in current digital, graphical, editorial and digital marketing design. The student will have an understanding of various design principles and visual communication theories. This theoretical grounding will compliment their practical skill-set, in turn benefitting their overall capabilities as a creative practitioner. This course will also provide the student with a solid grounding in researching their target audience, and understanding the role of user research in the design process and for the creation of design across divergent digital mediums. The digital design course will encourage enterprise and the development of entrepreneurial skills, behaviours and attitudes. Throughout the course students will be challenged to consider design and media production issues from a variety of cultural perspectives.


Digital Visual Communication
Employ and manipulate materials and practical skills to successfully communicate ideas

Motion Graphic Fundamentals
Show an understanding of various animation principles and build on visual communication theory in motion

Branding & Editorial Design Fundamentals
Demonstrate the ability to use Industry standard image editing, vector editing and desktop publishing packages

Digital Marketing Design Concepts
Synthesize broader multimedia knowledge with advertising theory in order to create effective cross-media advertising campaigns

Entrepreneurship for Digital Industries
Identify the key skills and abilities necessary for successful entrepreneurship

Work placement for Digital Industries
Assess personal growth and professional performance in the work environment through reflective practice

Entry Requirements


This programme is designed for anyone who wishes to develop their design skills for Digital Media Design, they will also gain an understanding of current and emerging industry work practices in digital media marketing, web design and other design services.

The entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 7 courses at DkIT is:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200

→ AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7

→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology or media sectors can apply under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy that allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education and work-based learning.

The RPL Application process would include an appraisal of a relevant ‘online’ portfolio of digital web/visual work.
RPL Applicants who are applying with a portfolio will be short listed for a subsequent interview.

Timetable Info

Starting date for the course is week commencing 25th January 2021.

Exact timetable details TBA.

The programme comprises five taught modules over two semesters followed by a four-week work placement within the web/digital sector.

Semester 1 (Spring: January to May)
Semester 2 (Autumn: September - January)

The online classes will be roughly 15hrs a week.

The course will be taught using an online learning approach, providing a balanced learning experience that is both a structured and flexible learner experience for students. This will accommodate students in active employment.

At the beginning of the programme students will attend a one-evening face-to-face (F2F) induction on the Institute campus, for students to acquaint themselves with each other. There will be a four-week part time work placement at the end of the programme.

Delivery Location


Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Sara Farrell


Lifelong Learning Centre
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
County Louth





Application Procedures

When applying please upload:

1. a copy of your CV.
2. a copy of your highest level educational qualification.
3. if you are employed please include a letter of reference from your employer.