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Digital Design & Technology

Course Code(s):  DMH
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Ballyfermot College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code DMH
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course prepares students for work in the web design industry. Coding languages covered over the duration of the course include HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, SQL and PHP. Students will also cover responsive design required for optimising websites for mobile and tablet interfaces in terms of the visual interface design concepts and the coding required to achieve it.

In terms of software used, students will use the Adobe Master Suite in conjunction with audio and 3D modelling software. Small classes of at most 24 students allow a high level of student-teacher interaction. In year 2, the students work in teams with live clients to complete a number of websites and as well as developing skills in 3D Max.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Interactive Media
Web Authoring
New Technologies in Interactive Media
Visual Communication in Art and Design
Interactive Media Principles
3D Computer Modelling and Animation
Sound Production and Editing Using Interactive Media
Digital Image Creation and Development
Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design

Year 2:
Website Creation and Management
Computer Interface Design Principles
Project Design
Implementation and Evaluation
Interactive Media Design and Prototyping
Interactive Media Teamwork
Professional Practice in Art and Design
Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design
Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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