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HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI)

Course Code: DMH

Duration: 2 Years


This course prepares students for work in the web design industry. Coding languages covered over the duration of the course include HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, SQL and PHP. Students also cover responsive design required for optimising websites for mobile and tablet interfaces in terms of the visual interface design concepts and the coding required to achieve it.

Small classes of at most 24 students allow a high level of student-teacher interaction.

In terms of software students will use the Adobe Master Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and others) in conjunction with audio and video editing software.

Over the two years, students will design and develop several live web and app projects from conception, through wire-framing and iterative prototyping, to client and audience evaluation, and social media promotion, giving them practical experience and a professional standard portfolio of work.


Year 1

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Web & App Development Practices
  • Web & App Development in Context
  • Web Development
  • Principles of User Experience &
    User Interface Design
  • Art Development

Year 2

  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Web & App Development Studies
  • Documentary
  • Podcast Production
  • Branding & Identity
  • Social Media Practice


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Preference will be given to applicants who have a portfolio which illustrates design and technical capabilities.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Web & App Development)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


Graduates may continue their studies to degree level in universities in the UK such as Napier and Wolverhampton and in Ireland in IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght and DCU.

Graduates who achieve a Merit / Distinction in this Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management in BCFE. This adds just one final year to the course you have completed and is validated by DCU.