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 and augmented reality, multimedia, ubiquitous, pervasive and tangible computing, interactive arts, mobile computing, social network, Internet of things – provide new possibilities for services in many areas, including education, entertainment, work, medicine and the arts.
Our past students have:
- found jobs in large corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, IBM, SAP, Disney Multimedia, and Logitec;
- created their own start-up and business (in the area of new media, web design, online marketing and services, video and photography, apps for smart phones and tablets);
- found jobs in Dublin and London (new media agencies);
- stayed in the academia/education field and become either PhD candidate or educators.