Course Overview

IMPORTANT: this course is not on offer for Entry 2022.

This new course may be of interest instead: Digital Art, Design and Cultures (MA). Accepting applications now.

The MA in Digital Media provides advanced creative and technical education in digital media within a supportive environment. Students are given practical training across a range of digital media practices, whilst also developing their creative, critical and entrepreneurial skills within small-group classes. Classes contain a mix of graduates from relevant academic backgrounds and industry professionals who want to develop or extend existing skills.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

In addition to the online application, please include a portfolio of existing digital work and ideas for two projects you may potentially develop while studying with us.

To see, in advance, what supporting documents are required to supplement your online application please visit: 

Who Teaches this Course

Dr El Putnam
B.A., M.A., PhD
Lecturer Below The Bar
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Requirements and Assessment

Assessments on the programme are designed to develop students’ technical and creative skills, as well as their ability to undertake individual and group work and to critically assess their own work and that of their peers. Assessment is by both practical and written tasks, and includes presentations, reports, and multimedia projects. The MA culminates is the end-of-year digital media project, which gives students the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of the programme and develop their technical skills and creativity in a real-world context. In addition, students complete a minor dissertation. These assessments and projects also contribute towards a practical portfolio of digital media work.


Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2, GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.

Additional supporting documentation is required. For more details click here


Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

NOT ON OFFER for entry 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Course not on offer for entry 2022.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

MA—90, PDip—60


MA, PDip. Students may only apply for the MA. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.


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Course Outline

The course is a full-time, 12-month programme, which runs from September to August of each year. It is split into three semesters, with modules engaging with different aspects of digital media practice and theory. Emphasis is placed on advanced creative practice as well as reflexive engagement with tools and technologies. Semester 1 and 2 are comprised of core modules and a group of electives, enabling each student to tailor the degree to their own individual needs (note that not all modules may be offered each year). 

The final semester is dedicated to the design, development and testing of students’ end-of-year projects, involving practice-based research, as well as a 5,000 word accompanying dissertation. Each student is assigned an expert supervisor for guidance throughout the project development process.

For the most up-to-date module offerings for the 2022–23 academic year, please contact the programme director (email


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why choose this Course?

The range of skills and topics covered on the programme, as well as the different backgrounds of the students on it, contribute towards an environment rich in peer-learning, multidisciplinary experiences and cross-pollination of ideas and skills. Drawing together technical production and theoretical inquiry through practice-based research, students in this programme are trained to be creative innovators. Furthermore, as a student at the Huston School you will be part of a collaborative creative community, interacting with students across a range of Media programmes through shared modules and events. You will also have all the opportunities which come from studying at one of the world’s top Universities, including access to a range of seminars and high-profile guest speakers, and digital media practitioners.

Career opportunities

The career paths from this course are limitless, and our graduates are sought after by a wide range of industries. Areas that former gradutes are currently working in include television production, IT, graphic and interaction design, web design and development and higher-education. A number of graduates have carried on to undertake PhD research, whilst others have utilised the creative and entrepreneurial skills developed on the course to develop their final projects into business opportunities.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course suits students with some experience working with digital technologies who would like to further develop their practice as creative producers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, providing them with the flexibility required to work in today’s rapidly changing media environment.  

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,980 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€6,840 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€16,940 p.a. 2022/22

Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Dr El Putnam 
T: +353 91 494 264

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What Our Students Say


Alan Murphy |   Currently working at EO Teilfís

An excellent course, covers a broad range of topics, very friendly lecturers, learned lots and expanded my knowledge base to many areas, which is essential in any job hunt. It was also enjoyable!

Dermot Condron |   Currently working at Makin Media Mobile

I chose NUI Galway, as I had heard the teaching staff was excellent, and the University had great learning facilities. I wasn’t disappointed. The course provided me with the necessary skills-set for industry. The technical skills taught, such as web design, 2D and 3D animation, are all skills I am now putting into practice. As well as providing technical skills, the course has a theory side to it that gives understanding to how Digital Media Production as a process is informed by narrative analysis, cinematic traditions and creative discussion. The goal of the course is to combine creativity with technical ability that is useful from a business prospective. For me, the course achieved this ambition. The teaching staff was second to none. We had great facilities at the college, with our own computer room that we could work from. The class size was small, so we all got to know each other easily.

Shannon Reeves |   MA Digital Media

The MA in Digital Media really is a unique course, not only because of the range of subjects taught (from databases to interactive design, e-learning and writing in the digital age) but also because of the range of backgrounds and skills that students bring to the course. Because everyone has different strengths and areas for improvement, and because we're learning such an array of skills and technologies, there's an inevitable community bond which grows up very quickly between members of the class, as everyone helps each other and contributes to classroom learning. We've also got a dedicated lab where we can work on our own computers, discuss our assignments, and even just socialise, which means there's a healthy mix of social and educational development as the year progresses.


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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2022

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