Postgraduate Courses \ LM345 MA/MSc in Interactive Media

Introduction


The MA/MSc in Interactive Multimedia is a 12-month intensive course that is designed specifically for art and design graduates who are interested in pursuing studies which combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. The convergence of computer and media technologies offers unique opportunities for design/artists to exploit their potential in new areas, across a wide range of activities, such as recording, multimedia, software, broadcasting and education. There is currently a substantial shortfall of graduates in the area of interactive media.
This course offers students an in-depth exploration of the technological avenues available today and backs this up with a thorough examination of the associated aesthetic developments and potential pitfalls. Students on this course also have access to our recording studio. Students also have individual workstations in a dedicated lab with high-spec computers with a wide range of media authoring software from Macromedia, Adobe, Sony and Apple. Students have access to a pool of high-quality professional video cameras and quite an exotic range of electronic sensors and Open Source software.
One of the major stumbling blocks for creative people wishing to engage in high-level multimedia authoring and interactivity is the hurdle of computer programming. As the course is in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, students receive excellent tuition in the fundamentals of programming and special supplementary courses are also offered. In fact, there is often a crossover in interests as students discover new talents in previously unknown areas.  Past students have become interaction designers, usability experts, teachers or remained artists but with a digital edge to their work.

Entry Requirement


A primary degree in any subject area, with first or second class honours plus portfolio examination.  A portfolio in this context is 3 pieces of your own work that you feel demonstrates your creative ability. This can be artwork, websites, CD/CDROM, software, writing, etc.

All applicants are interviewed and also given the opportunity to ask questions. The interview normally takes 20-30 minutes, and includes review of the applicant's portfolio.

Career Opportunities


This course aims to help redress the serious and growing shortfall in the number of informatics graduates emerging from the third-level sector. This shortfall is seriously inhibiting the development of the Irish multimedia industry.  As well as increasing the number of graduates, it is highly desirable to diversify the specializations involved, if we are to compete internationally. Interactive Media is becoming ever more relevant with the rapid convergence of media and computer technologies. The developing digital technologies are re-shaping the economic landscape and creating new risks and opportunities in fields such as  traditional media, computer and telecommunication industries. This is a rapidly emerging and hugely important sphere of activity with significant economic impact in the developing information society. The most significant consequence of this is not the replacement of one technology with another, but the totally new possibilities that arise from the 'programmability', 'interactivity', and 'interoperability' of new digital systems. New forms of technology - virtual reality, augmented reality, multimedia, telepresence, ubiquitous and pervasive computing - provide new possibilities for services in many areas, including education, medicine and the arts. A key feature of these developments is interaction and co-operation between people through new media.

Programme of Study


The programme is divided into three main parts. In the first semester students learn the basic concepts of interactive media. In the second semester, students build on their theoretical and practical knowledge. During the summer months, a substantial project is undertaken, which may be artistic (such as a media production or installation) or technical (such as the development of media software). Students opting for a technical project may qualify for an MSc in Interactive Media. An MA in Interactive Media will be awarded to successful graduates who undertake a design/artistic project.

FAQ


Number of students
We normally accept 20 students per year.

Examination
Examination of each module/course takes place at the end of each semester. Some modules/courses may not use written examination, instead they may require students to submit course work throughout a semester. The final dissertation project is examined by an Examination Board, including External Examiners. Students give a short presentation of their work, followed by questions-and-answers and demonstration of their interactive media project.

Master of Art or Master of Science
Students can either study for a Master of Art or a Master of Science degree. What determines if it is an M.A. or M.Sc. is the nature of the student's dissertation project, the domain it is in and the research methods used. For example of past projects, see the DAWN web sites. Projects range from interactive art to sophisticated algorithms for processing audio, video and animation.


Contact


Dr. Cristiano Storni (Course Director)
Engineering Research Building, ER1-004
University of Limerick
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Phone: +353-(0)61-202632 (office) 
 

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