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Course Overview

[Please note this new course repaces the MA Digital Media programme, which is now not on offer for entry 2022.]

The MA Digital Art, Design and Cultures is a unique programme that brings together digital media production skills with humanities research and applications to the creative arts (including moving image, interactive media, performance, and creative writing) and digital cultures (theoretical, archival and heritage perspectives).  In this MA, students engage with practice-based research using digital technologies to produce creative art and media within the context of digital cultures. Emphasis is placed on imaginative and innovative uses of communications technologies.

Please note that this degree is now being partially funded by Springboard+. Springboard+ is a Government initiative offering free and heavily subsidised courses at certificate, degree, and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. (Visit Springboard site for more information.)

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via Springboard here.

Who Teaches this Course

  • EL Putnam
  • Justin Tonra
  • Anne Karhio
  • Heike Felzmann

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8-degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2:1 in a related subject. IELTS of 6.5 (including no less than 5.5 in any one component) or TOEFL 88 or Pearson PTE 61 or equivalent. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements, they can apply for entry through the University’s Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.  Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record.

Please visit this website to see supporting documents required for this programme.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

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Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

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Course Outline

Objectives of the Programme

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Develop skills needed to produce creative media, art and design within the context of digital cultures
  • Equip students to reflect upon and analyse the processes, policies and challenges faced within digital art, design and cultures, with potential to engage in the areas of literature, drama, film, the visual arts, and music.
  • Enhance students’ skills in research, communication, and innovative thinking.

Learning Outcomes for the Programme

On the successful completion of this programme students will be able to:

  • Produce creative media and art using digital technologies
  • Critique key concepts and debates relating to digital art, design and cultures
  •  Employ a range of skills in the areas of individual project development and management, creative development and planning, art and design research methods, public presentation, promotion, leadership
  •  Understand and implement working structures, processes and policies relating to digital art, design and cultures
  •  Plan, develop and complete an independent practice-as-research project or traditional dissertation in an area of digital art, design and cultures.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the capacity to work in a range of areas in the creative and culture industries, as well as the capacity to produce multimedia and creative content within other industries. Career pathways include multimedia production and content creation; careers in media innovation and entrepreneurship; cultural heritage and education; digital and communication technologies skills in other industries.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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

€16,840 p.a. 2022/23

Find out More

Huston School of Film & Digital Media 
T: +353 91 495 076
E: hustonfilmschool@universityofgalway.ie 

Conn Holohan 
E: conn.holohan@universityofgalway.ie 


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  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)