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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.

In terms of software used, students will use the Adobe Master Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects) in conjunction with audio and 3D modelling software (3D Studio Max). Small classes of at most 24 students allow a high level of student-teacher interaction. In year 2, the students work in teams with live clients to design and develop a number of live websites and as well as developing skills in Interface Design, 3D & Animation.


Year 1

  • Interactive Media Web Authoring
  • New Technologies in Interactive Media
  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Interactive Media Principles
  • 3D Computer Modelling and Animation
  • Sound Production and Editing Using Interactive Media
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design

Year 2

  • Website Creation and Management
  • Computer Interface Design Principles
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Interactive Media Design and Prototyping
  • Interactive Media Teamwork
  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design


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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.


HND in Interactive Media

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.