MTU Business Academy

Certificate in

Digital Media Design & Development

Department of Media Communications

Certificate in Digital Media Design & Development

Programme Details

In Brief

Department & School

Department of Media Communications



Mode of Study


Method of Delivery



1 Year

Commencement Date

September 2024

Course Fee

Total €21,800



Programmes - Certificate in Digital Media Design & Development 2


Dr Jessica Shine
021 433 5933


The programme will provide students with a broad and practical introduction to the world of digital media design and development. Graduates will leave equipped with fundamental skills and knowledge with regard to a wide range of modern digital media technologies and design solutions and will have a systematic understanding of the design and development process and of related job roles and industries.

As such, this two semester online programme may appeal to those lacking a background in the above but with an interest in either:

  • Enriching their own work practices with key digital media skills and a deeper understanding of this field.
  • Taking the first steps in beginning an actual career in the broad digital media industry. In this latter context the award is accepted as a bridging route for applicants who are interested in undertaking the Department’s 60 credit Master of Arts in E-learning Design & Development, but who do not possess the pre-requisite digital media experience or qualifications.

The programme will draw from extensive in-house expertise and facilities within the Department of Media Communications with regard to digital media production and post-production, programming and application development, user experience research, interaction design, etc.

Programmes - Certificate in Digital Media Design & Development

Course Delivery

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular face-to-face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.


Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

What will I study?

Semester 1

  • MMED6011 – Moving Image & Sound
  • MMED8006 – Creative Strategies Elective
  • MMED8007 – Digital Culture
  • MMED6025 – Interpreting Sound & Music

Semester 2

  • MMED8025 – Multimedia Production
  • MMED7004 – E-Learning
  • COMP6001 – Web Design Basics


What is a Module?

A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester.

A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.

The button below provides a link to all of the University’s approved modules for this programme.


Candidates are required to have already completed a Level 8 degree or equivalent. Basic computer, web and keyboard skills are essential. Familiarity with social media and media sharing platforms and services are desirable also, as well as an interest at the very least in video production, graphic design, and/or interactive media.

If there are high levels of interest, admission to the course may be on the basis of interview. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be applicable for candidates with existing skills or knowledge in any of the programme modules.

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when formal recognition is given for what you already know prior to starting on a programme or module. With recognition of prior learning the focus is on learning and not on experience as such. You can apply for RPL in any MTU accredited programme or module. Programmes which are accredited by professional bodies or any external awarding bodies may have their own procedures for RPL which you should refer to.

€1,800 (€300 per module)

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €600 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you, and you wish to accept it.

Dr Jessica Shine
Tel: 021 433 5933
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