This course has been designed to produce hands on professionals with a broad range of career possibilities in the digital economy, either working as designers, developers, managers or starting an enterprise.
This sector is expanding rapidly in all areas, with major social media companies now trading on the stock exchange with revenues of billions of dollars and applications like WhatsApp selling for $19 billion. Companies are spending billions on their online and digital strategies, on mobile optimised websites, applications and content like videos, the demand for skilled professionals who can deliver these strategies continues to grow.
The course has been designed to address the needs of these emerging areas, and ensure graduates can adapt to the changing needs of the sector. We have excellent links within the multimedia industry, and many companies and experts have visited the Faculty in previous years to give presentations, including MPC, Sky, Apple and Adobe as well as companies looking to recruit students after finishing the Masters. The Multimedia MSc hosts multimediatrainingvideos.com, a comprehensive repository of freely accessible multimedia training videos to which the teaching team have been significant contributors to the site over the last few years. This site has become one of the biggest Open Educational Resources (OER) sites for multimedia on the internet and was funded by JISC.
The course emphasises the key multimedia principles, theories and concepts, as well as exposing you to the industry standard languages and tools including scripting languages, HTML, AJAX, and Xcode. You will examine a number of areas, including human computer interaction and the user experience, project management, web development, scripting for interactivity, and analytics. The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required in a number of careers as well as preparation to continue to a PhD.
This module gives you a broad understanding of the planning and organisation that goes into developing a product. You will work with a real client, taking the process right through from an initial pitch to the execution of a prototype, providing you with practice in many of the key tools and concepts used in project management.
MULTIMEDIA SCRIPTING FOR INTERACTIVITY
You will develop and implement an interactive application, using an industry standard development environment and object-oriented scripting language. You will organise and plan the production of the prototype, with an emphasis on the approach taken to coding.
The project is an extended piece of supervised independent work relevant to the field. This can be either undertaken as a work-based project or on a topic proposed by the student or faculty.
RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
You will strengthen your skills for the research and industry needs of the course, the final project, and for your future career and study. The module guides your personal development plan towards the professional requirements of the discipline, and covers methods of critical evaluation, gathering and analysing information, and preparing and defending a project proposal.
USER-CENTRED INTERFACE DESIGN
The module will explore the foundations of user-centred interface design and the user experience through applied theory. You will be introduced to the importance of the Human Computer Interaction discipline, and the need to consider both the cognitive and interaction perspective. Building from this you will explore related issues such as design, interaction, globalisation, accessibility and navigation.
Course-specific entry requirements
The course is open to computer literate graduates with a good first degree (minimum Second Class Honours) or equivalent in a related discipline such as graphic design, computer science, digital imaging or journalism. Alternatively you may have in-depth work experience in a related field, or already be employed in the sector and are undertaking the programme to further enhance your career plans. The relevance of your first degree or industrial experience and suitability for the course will be usually determined by interview and, where relevant, portfolio. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
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Last updated April 25, 2016