BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development)

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Applied Computing (Media Development)

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        279 - 511
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development)?

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development) is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing Common Entry Route.

Course Aims 

This strand recognises that form is functionality. Humans interact with computer systems and media through a variety of means; web, mobile apps, desktop, etc. Information is often presented through non-textual forms such as video and audio. This strand is concerned with presenting information in an efficient and pleasing manner for humans to consume. An increasing number of IT professionals must be competent in areas of design and media. This means having a working knowledge of audio/visual creation, editing and manipulation tools; a strong sense of User Experience and literacy with current design trends. Finally, the professional must be able to apply the digital media knowledge back to general computing. This suite of modules is geared towards students who wish to specialize in user-centric development.

This stream uses industry-standard media tools for content creation and manipulation such as Garage Band, Logic, iMovie and the Adobe suite. From a programming perspective Software Development Kits (SDK) and frameworks are used that are compatible with scripting languages such as Javascript and other high-level languages.

Flexible Semester

Students take part in a (paid) work placement in semester 6. This placement takes place in a software house or the IT department of a large company or industry. Companies such as IBM and Microsoft have a long association with the placement of our students. Students have found this an invaluable experience.

Reboots & Remixes: Movies & Film

rIn this episode of Reboots & Remixes (the longest in the series!), we look at how Film & TV have changed over the ten years. Up for discussion are the rise (and rise) of comic book movies, franchise pictures, remakes and reboots, special effects, gender roles, cinema attendance, internet streaming, piracy, narrative structures in TV programmes and a little bit about the Irish film & TV industry.

This episode was written, edited and produced by Sean Moynihan and Rob O'Connor.
Features contributions from Andrew Holden (Actor & Critic), Dr. Jenny O'Connor (WIT) Stuart Clarke (Hotpress) and plenty of clips.

Remixes & Reboots: Technology

There have been huge developments in the ways in which we use technology in 2013, compared with 2003 and many of them are up for discussion in this episode of Reboots & Remixes. Smartphones, tablets, social media, YouTube, Skype, gaming - and we're only scratching the surface.

This episode was written, edited and produced by Sean Bray and Rob O'Connor.
Features contributions from Eamonn de Leastar (TSSG), Danny O'Dwyer (Gamespot), Dr. Niamh Murphy (WIT) and Stuart Clarke (Hotpress).

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Computer Systems 1Applied Calculus
Discrete MathematicsComputer Systems 2
Physics 1Physics 2
Programming Fundamentals 1Programming Fundamentals 2
The Computer IndustryWeb App Development
Website DevelopmentIntroduction to Media Development
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Computer NetworksApplied Cryptology
Data Structures and Algorithms 1Data Structures and Algorithms 2
Mathematical MethodsSoftware Eng. Practice
Relational DatabasesStatistics and Probability
Narrative ConstructionAudio Visual 2
Audio Visuals User Experience Design
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Developer OperationsChoose one of the following electives:
NoSQL Databases*Industrial Placement
Professional Practice*Professional Certification
Web App Development 2*Study Abroad
Digital Media Programming *Voluntary Organisation Project
Content Production* = Elective
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Data Mining 1Functional Programming
Distributed SystemsData Mining 2
Mobile App Development 2Project 2
Project 1Emerging Media Technologies
Media Tools & IntegrationFree Elective

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development)

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O3/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development) on the CAO:

The entry route for this programme is from WD001 BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD001 MED (Media Development) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD001 GEN.

At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development):

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Media Development) graduates: 

Employment prospects in computing are extremely healthy at the moment, with demand for skilled graduates exceeding supply. Graduates of this course will have the skills necessary to follow opportunities that present themselves in this growing industry as well as having the freedom to choose their own career path.

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