Founded in 1996, the MSc in Interactive Digital Media (IDM) was the first of its kind in Ireland. Its graduates work in the digital media and related sectors, both nationally and internationally. It is delivered on a full-time basis over one year and carries a total ECTS weighting of 90.
The course is designed to help students combine their existing skills – technical as well as non-technical – with the knowledge needed to design and develop digital media applications and content on existing and emerging platforms. To this end, the course covers the programming languages and applications used in digital media, a range of design techniques (graphic design, interactive design, UI/UX design, game design) as well as approaches to content creation in a range of modalities (moving image, audio, sensor technologies).
The MSc in Interactive Digital Media lets students build on knowledge gained at the undergraduate level in order to allow them to work and stay current in the digital media sector. Platforms for digital media applications are constantly evolving, and what used to be focused on desktop computers and mobile devices now also include Virtual and Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things. The skill sets required to design and build digital media applications and content have expanded and now include analytical, technical and creative skills. Teams creating digital media are practically always multidisciplinary, so communication is more important than ever.
The course also covers critical thinking around digital media, giving the students the ability to situate works in relevant cultural contexts and anchor their ideas in deeper thinking than is often possible in today’s fast-moving world. While the course covers practical aspects of design and technology, it also includes a solid theoretical foundation for each topic, such as scientific, cultural and critical concerns, rather than focusing exclusively on how to use off-the-shelf applications.
Students are accepted from a wide range of backgrounds, and the range of skills each year facilitates exchange and learning between different disciplines. Students work collaboratively on course assignments and their final projects, which are exhibited publicly at the end of each year in our Annual Showcase.
Graduates from the IDM programme work in many roles across the digital sector. Current positions held by our graduates include App Designers and Developers, Web Designers and Developers, Software Developers, Graphic and Visual Designers, UI and UX Designers, Interaction Designers, Game Designers and Developers, Product Designers, Technology Journalists, Project Managers, Security and Data Analysts, Digital Analysts, Corporate Communications Leads, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Commercial Officers (CCOs), Research Fellows and Professors.
“When I came across an ad for the IDM course in Trinity, I was in the middle of graduating a BSc in Computer Science at a university that provided only very technical Bachelor and Master courses for students. Therefore, it never occurred to me that CS can be combined with the creativity and diversity of topics in digital media. Mind-blown, it clicked in my head, I wanted to learn about the interdisciplinary topics IDM covered. I knew I had a lot to catch up within the lectures bordering on the arts and humanities, such as Interactive Narrative, Cultural and Critical Studies and of course Graphic Design. They introduced me to methodologies and a way of thinking that I was unfamiliar with, while the technical lectures taught me about the web, audio and video technologies I had little knowledge of. Every group and solo assignment made me more resourceful and opened my eyes to the possibilities in the field of digital media. The course taught me to think outside of the box when it comes to computer science and it made me confident to use my knowledge about technology to recreate it and reshape it in new ways. Since I graduated the course, I found my place in User Experience design, a field that I certainly would have only looked at from a distance, if I wouldn’t have strayed away from classical computer scientist path.” Alessa Gross, IDM Graduate 2015, Designer at FieldAware
“The IDM program gave me the flexibility and support to pursue my own path within the digital realm. I was able to refine my individual interests through the thesis component while also benefitting from a core suite of classes.” Helen Picard, IDM Graduate 2016, Senior Security Policy Advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Cyber Security Division