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Interactive Digital Media

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

Front Gate

The Dental Project

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

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.

For general queries on the MSc in Interactive Digital Media:

Formal applications for this course should be made online through:

The online application system is now closed for applications for the academic year 2016/17.

Early application is advised as places are limited on the programme. Offers will be made to suitable applicants over the course of the year until places have been filled. Information on required supporting documentation can be found here.


Course Fees

For information on fees please visit the TCD Fees page here.


Contact Us

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

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