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Web Design and Digital Media

Introduction

Do you enjoy working with computers and have an aptitude for creativity and design? Can you see yourself working with digital technologies? Are you interested in designing and coding for the web and mobile devices? Our web and digital media courses at BFEI will respond to your needs by providing you with a strong foundation for entry into the online digital media sector. We take a practical approach to teaching and learning with all course material and assessment modelled on industry practices.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities exist in specialist digital media and web design companies. There is also a range of exciting opportunities available in areas such as advertising, publishing, telecommunications, education and training.

Diploma Graduates obtain middle level employment in the Multimedia industry and in the IT Industry. There is also a range of exciting opportunities available in areas such as advertising, publishing, mobile technologies and training.

Course Structure

Year 1

The Certificate in Creative Media course is structured so that the student will develop expertise in two related areas: Digital Media and Web Design. This course will equip participants with the skills to:

  • Plan, design, and build websites based on the fundamental principles of usability, accessibility and search engine optimisation
  • Design and manipulate photographs and vector graphics for web and print
  • Apply the principles of graphic design to all projects
  • Plan and create online banner advertising campaigns for websites using Animate. 
  • Understand the principles of advertising, digital marketing and working in teams.
Year 2

Students who successfully complete Year 1 can opt to progress to the Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production.   

The Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production builds on the skills acquired in Year 1 on the Certificate course. Learners acquire more in-depth knowledge and expertise in digital media and develop expertise in new areas such as: content management systems (CMS), database development and audio/video production.  The Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production will equip participants with the skills to:

  • Create industry ready artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator for digital and print media
  • Make videos using stop motion photography, apply effects, transitions, sound and upload to YouTube.
  • Design interface prototypes for interactive systems
  • Design and build dynamic websites using server-side programming PHP and MySQL database.
Core Elements
  • Year 1: Certificate in Creative Multimedia (WDM1)
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Illustrator)
  • Image Processing (Photoshop)
  • Web Design (HTML 5, CSS3, Javascript & Dreamweaver CC)
  • Graphic Design Skills
  • Advertising
  • Web Animation (Animate)
  • Team Working
  • Work Experience
  • Year 2: Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production (WDM2)
  • Web Developing (CMS - Wordpress)
  • Server-side Programming (PHP)
  • Relational Database (MySQL)
  • Digital Video Processing and Production
  • Digital Imaging
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Work Experience
  • Team Leadership
  • Course Code

  • WDM1 (Year 1), WDMM (Year 1 - Mornings option), WDM2 (Year 2)
  • Duration

  • 1 - 2 years - Full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 25
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days - Mornings Option (WDMM Year 1 only - subject to availability)
Testimonial

After 10 years of running my own business I returned to education. I completed two years at BFEI studying Digital Media and Web Development. The staff and teachers were very supportive and the small class sizes allowed us to get individual attention. The practical hands-on approach to teaching suited me very well and I gained numerous skills that equipped me for the ‘real world’. The courses gave me a fantastic grounding in web development and an in-depth knowledge of both design and digital media software. With this knowledge, I was ready to enter the workforce but instead I decided to continue with my education. Eighteen months after leaving BFEI, I am completing my conversion Masters in Computer Science in UCD

- Velda Conaty, Digital Media and Web Development Graduate, 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Field Trips and participation in the Annual Design Exhibition.
  • Careers Day.
  • Career advice, help with CV preparation and Linkedin profile is provided by the BFEI Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification
  • These qualificaitons are certified by QQI.
  • After Year 1, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048). 
  • On completion of Year 2, you will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production (6M20496).
  • Assessment is based on assignments and projects submitted during the year.

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Progression

Students who successfully complete the Certificate course can progress to the Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production in BFEI.

Graduates can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

  • BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire. (Learners must have achieved an overall credit in the Diploma and have at least a grade D3 in ordinary level maths in Leaving Certificate or QQI/FETAC Level 5 maths)
  • BA Creative Digital Media, at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB)
  • BSc Creative Multimedia at Limerick Institute of Technology (Clonmel, Co Tipperary campus).  (Learners must have achieved an overall credit in the Diploma and have at least a grade D in ordinary maths in Leaving Certificate or QQI/FETAC Level 5 maths)
  • BSc in Multimedia at Dublin City University.

After Year 2, you can apply through the CAO system to gain entry into Year 2 of the degree courses at the IADT, ITB and LIT.

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Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s  OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

 

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

You should have an aptitude for creativity and design and a keen interest in various media formats.

 

For the morning’s option, preference will be given to graduates from other disciplines who want to change career path and up-skill in the latest technologies.

 

  • Year 2

​You must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold an equivalent qualification (subject to having completed relevant Web Design and Digital Media modules).

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.

Fees

At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.

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