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Digital Games / Cluichí Digiteacha

DT540B FT

Introduction

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

Digital games comprise a large and fast-growing part of the global entertainment industry. This masters programme will prepare graduates to become innovators in this exciting field. It provides a multi-disciplinary and well-rounded education in game conception, design and manufacture, uniquely building on the combined expertise of the Digital Media Centre, and the Schools of Media and Computer Science.

This masters programme which was merged with the masters in creative digital media in 2011 provides a thorough grounding in the core skills and knowledge of digital media & gaming technologies and offers specialist production techniques dedicated to the specific needs of the games industry.  The course is designed to advance students' employment potential and addresses the specific needs of employment in the various game development industries particularly focusing on the independent game developer and new gaming platforms.

The masters in digital games is a specialisation under a broader masters in creative digital media which provides a number of other possible specialisations for students; these can be broadly categorised into, but not exclusive to, the following; 

  1. Mobile and Tablet Application Design
  2. Interaction Design
  3. Digital Games
  4. Mobile and Web Applications
  5. Information Design

 

Student Showcase

MSc_Showreel_2017 from school of media on Vimeo.

Entry Requirements:

Honours bachelor degree (2.2 grade or higher) in any discipline relevant to multimedia authoring, design, production or computer science. Selection may be by interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Career Opportunities

Depending on the modules chosen and their chosen specialisation during the course of the programme, graduates of the programme can pursue careers as web/content designers/developers, iPhone, Android, mobile application designers, 2D animators, UX Designers, project managers, digital media consultants, media analysts/content creators, game designers, level designers, and game software engineers.

Over the course of the programme, students will develop novel digital media content, for mobile and tablet applications, digital games, and rich media content applications. With the range of multi-disciplinary talent within the class, graduates will find themselves working with others on new and innovative ideas which will broaden their skill set across a number of areas.

 

Course Content

Certain modules are core for all students, however throughout each semester students may choose from a selection of options that best reflect their desired pathway choice. Students choose a stream in semester 2 that usually reflects their area of interest and the area that they will develop their final project in.

Semester 1 (2017 Timetable)

  • Authoring Principles
  • Information Modelling
  • Design Practice
  • Digital Media Tools
  • Production

Semester 2 (2017 Timetable)
(certain modules may be added, changed, removed or updated depending on resources and industry demand)

  • User Interaction Design
  • Project Develop & UX Treatment
  • Game Systems
  • Game Engines
  • Social Media Applications

Course Design Blog

Visit the Course site (www.dit.ie/schoolofmedia) for examples of students work, showcases, and details about the lecturing team.

Who Should Apply?

The MSc in Digital Games (DT540B) is aimed at those with a career interest in the emerging digital media content industry.  It is ideally suited to graduates of diverse disciplines including media, art, and design, and computer science.  The programme is also suited to educators, engineers and design practitioners who have a requirement for digital media production techniques.  Our typical student mix is 1/3 computing, 1/3 design, 1/3 non-digital media.  This ensures a vibrant mix of backgrounds and encourages ideas generation.

Conversion Programme

The programme also caters for those graduates who want to convert into the digital media space and to those with cognate backgrounds to specialize in areas such as Game Development, Mobile & Web App Development and Interactive Media.  It provides a thorough grounding in the principles of digital media design and development while at the same time mixes cognate disciplines and levels through innovative team projects, facilitating peer learning and building interdisciplinary awareness, vital to success in any digital media environment.

Award

MSc  in Creative Digital Media: with Specialisation

Specialisations

  1. Mobile and Tablet Application Design
  2. Interaction Design
  3. Digital Games
  4. Mobile and Web Applications
  5. Information Design

 

For Further Information

Brian Vaughan
School of Media (Room 2-004)
College of Applied Arts & Tourism
DIT Aungier Street Dublin 2 
T: 01 402 7997
E: brian.vaughan@dit.ie 
W:https://www.dit.ie/schoolofmedia

Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact the course coordinator directly about any questions you may have

EU Fees *

The full-time postgraduate fees for 2017/18 are yet to be determined

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees & Funding

Non EU Fees click here

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change 

 


Although the course has its own high spec media labs fitted out with desktop workstations, students are still required to have their own laptop (MAC or PC) or PC.