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The M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media (formerly called M.Sc in Multimedia Systems) has been running since 1996. Each year, 20 students are selected from different backgrounds to receive a foundation in the theory and practice of creating and developing applications using all digital media types. The programme presents courses in Interactive Narrative, Graphic Design, Audio and Video Technologies in combination with Introduction to Computer Science and Client and Server Programming Technologies and Platforms. This M.Sc. is different in that it focuses on teaching theory rather than on applications. Students are exposed to programming languages and platforms as well as methodologies for the creation, capture and presentation of text, graphics, audio and moving images.

Basic computer science courses are offered for students with no formal background in programming and students with experience in programming are taught specialized programming methodologies for interactive digital platforms.

The range of backgrounds and skills of the students each year facilitates exchange and collaboration between different disciplines. Students work together collaboratively on individual course assignments and on their final projects. For the last three years, the entire class has worked on a single collaborative project with a theme around a space in Trinity College campus.

The Museum Building

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The Dental Project

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Applications are invited from students with both creative and technical backgrounds - experience of working with digital media is considered an advantage.


Co-funded under the National Development Plan 2009 (Graduate Skills Conversion Programme) for EU fee paying students

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from good honours' graduates in any discipline. Literary, artistic and creative ability is taken into consideration along with mathematical and problem-solving ability. Knowledge of programming is not a pre-requisite for entry. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant with relevant professional experience but without the required formal qualification may be considered.

General queries on the MSc Interactive Digital Media can be sent to Formal applications for this course should be made online through: The online application system is now open for applications for the academic year 2016/17. The Closing Date for receipt of applications is 30th June 2016.

Contact Us

  • Address:
    • School of Computer Science and Statistics, O'Reilly Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Telephone:
    • +353 1 896 2418
  • Fax:
    • +353 1 677 2204
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