Course Overview

[Please note this new course repaces the MA Digital Media programme, which is now not on offer for entry 2022.]

The MA Digital Art, Design and Cultures is a unique programme that brings together digital media production skills with humanities research and applications to the creative arts (including moving image, interactive media, performance, and creative writing) and digital cultures (theoretical, archival and heritage perspectives).  In this MA, students engage with practice-based research using digital technologies to produce creative art and media within the context of digital cultures. Emphasis is placed on imaginative and innovative uses of communications technologies.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway application system.


Who Teaches this Course

  • Padraic Killeen
  • Louise Manifold


Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8-degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2:1 in a related subject. IELTS of 6.5 (including no less than 5.5 in any one component) or TOEFL 88 or Pearson PTE 61 or equivalent. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements, they can apply for entry through the University’s Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.  Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record.

Please visit this website to see supporting documents required for this programme.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Modules featured on the programme (of which students choose three each semester) may include:

Semester 1
  • DJ6129 Social Media and Digital Production
  • DT6134 Creative Arts Ideas Lab
  • PI6110 Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
  • DM6102 Online and Mobile Media
  • DM6100 Moving Image Techniques
  • DM6104 Creative Practice for Digital Makers (Core)
Semester 2
  • DJ6133 Data Journalism and Visualisation Lab
  • DM6103 Interactive and Immersive Media (Core)
  • EN6119 Culture Society and Technology (Core)
  • FM6105 Digital Film and Culture

Students will also undertake a final project (DA6100 Digital Art, Design, and Cultures: Final Project) that may take the form of a traditional dissertation or a practice-based research project. Students choose an area of personal interest either directly relevant to Digital Art, Design, and Cultures, use digital technologies as a way to investigate a specific area, or to create a product. (30ECTS)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the capacity to work in a range of areas in the creative and culture industries, as well as the capacity to produce multimedia and creative content within other industries. Career pathways include multimedia production and content creation; careers in media innovation and entrepreneurship; cultural heritage and education; digital and communication technologies skills in other industries.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Develop skills needed to produce creative media, art and design within the context of digital cultures
  • Equip students to reflect upon and analyse the processes, policies and challenges faced within digital art, design and cultures, with potential to engage in the areas of literature, drama, film, the visual arts, and music.
  • Enhance students’ skills in research, communication, and innovative thinking.

Transferable Skills Employers Value

On the successful completion of this programme students will be able to:

  • Produce creative media and art using digital technologies
  • Critique key concepts and debates relating to digital art, design and cultures
  •  Employ a range of skills in the areas of individual project development and management, creative development and planning, art and design research methods, public presentation, promotion, leadership
  •  Understand and implement working structures, processes and policies relating to digital art, design and cultures
  •  Plan, develop and complete an independent practice-as-research project or traditional dissertation in an area of digital art, design and cultures.

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,190 full-time; €3,630 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€7,050 full-time; €3,525 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€17,780 p.a. 2023/24



Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Huston School of Film & Digital Media 
T: +353 91 495 076

Dr Seán Crosson
T: +353 91 495 687


SHORTLISTED for the National Postgraduate Course of the Year Award



  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)