Department of Computing Employability Statements

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology Management

Graduates from this programme are highly sought after by industry with the majority of graduates acquiring job offers before they finish their final exams. In particular, companies like Dell, Amazon, Google and Glanbia are constantly hiring graduates from this course given its flexible and inter-disciplinary nature where students are exposed to a vast array of both IT and business-related subjects. This course is primarily aimed at students who want to work as IT professionals in industry but don’t necessarily want to work as software developers/engineers. In summary, they are highly flexible and resourceful graduates capable of undertaking many IT-related roles in the modern enterprise.

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Games Development

This programme provides students with the knowledge and expertise required to work as software engineers in the digital games sector. SETU Carlow was the first third level University in Ireland to offer an ab-initio Honours Degree in Games Development and the programme has continued to evolve and develop since its inception in 2004. Graduates of this course have the skills to develop games software for all the major gaming platforms and have found careers in both national and international game development studios.

The software development skills are transferrable so graduates also find work across the wider commercial software sector. Graduates can also pursue further studies at postgraduate level including the GameCORE research centre at SETU Carlow.

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development

The BSc in Software Development is a four year honours degree. Graduates are employed in software Development companies (such as IBM and Google) both in Ireland and throughout the world.

The degree is sponsored by UNUM, a fortune 500 company, who have set up their European Software Development Headquarters in Carlow. As well as equipping the Software Development Centre for our 3rd and 4th year students, they employ many students every year for their work placement. Currently in excess of 50% of the software development team at UNUM Carlow are graduates of this programme. Graduates of this course providing a large percentage of their software developers.

In the third year of this degree students undertake a six month work placement in suitable software companies. This provides them with experience of working in the industry before they graduate.

Project plays a large part in the course with students undertaking large software development projects in years two, three and four of the degree. The project pulls together all the different topics that the students learn in the course and incorporates them into an integrated whole.

Graduates are eligible to join all the relevant professional organisations such as the Irish Computer Society (ICS), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Graduates are also eligible to undertake postgraduate courses at MSc and PhD level.

Employment prospects are excellent with much competition from local, national and international companies for our graduates. Many students will receive job offers before they complete their degree, particularly at the Industry Demo day that we run every year where final year students demonstrate their projects to prospective employers.

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interactive Digital Art and Design

Interactive Digital Art and Design is one of the most creative careers within the technology industry. As concept creators, graduates will have direct influence on product design. User-focused design is critical in industries such as games, application development, entertainment media, simulation, virtual reality, animation, and film production.  

This programme provides students with the knowledge and expertise required to work as User Interface Designers. Students work in collaboration with Games Development creating Digital Art (2D and 3D) for game titles. While they focus on advanced user interfaces within the entertain sector, they will also complete projects such as Progressive Web Applications which are applicable in many business sectors. User Experience design requires design, art and technology skills and these are the three main pillars of this programme. Students can take up roles as User Experience Designers, User Interface Programmers and Technical Artists. 

As this course is focused on the user centred design, graduates will develop skills in 2D and 3D interactive art creation, user experience design, user interface design and programming.  

Students from this course will have explored the world of design and digital art for technology applications used in technology and entertainment industries. Graduates can work as 2D concept artists, 3D concept artists, technical artists, user experience designers, user interface designers and user interface programmers. 

Course participants will be visual design literate within the interactive digital art space and able to effectively use colour, form, light and composition. Graduates will be ready to contribute to the development and preparation of prototypes and style determination of games, applications and entertainment media.

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Master of Science (Level 9) in Data Science

The MSc in Data Science NFQ Level 9 programme provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base and skillset to fulfil and succeed in a variety of roles within data science driven and other organisations. The aim of this programme is to provide students with an understanding and ability to critically evaluate and utilise data analytics and the associated processes, systems, algorithms, technologies and insights garnered, ethically, in appropriate contexts. The programme also focuses on current research in the field and enables participants to review and critically assess this research. The programme is designed to meet current industry needs and provides students with a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the analysis and utilisation of large data sets, together with experience in conducting data science development projects, thereby preparing graduates for rapidly evolving positions of responsibility in the Big Data and IT industries. As well as studying a range of core taught modules, students will undertake a significant research and/or programming project to further enhance and consolidate their skillset from the creation of a project proposal to the delivery and deployment of a significant data science project. Employment prospects are excellent with much competition from local, national and international companies for our graduates from this programme. 

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