Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design

  • Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time/1 Year Part-time (2 nights per week 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year)
  • Carlow/Wexford/Wicklow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


Digital media takes its roots from graphic design, where messages are translated into a captivating experience, using an array of communication forms. Students will create projects in graphic design (typography, illustration, branding, packaging and advertising), digital media (websites, animation and interactive design).

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

The main aim of this programme is to facilitate the transformation of the novice student into a creative practitioner in digital media design. The programme provides an integrated learning environment (studio) that encourages creativity, innovation, self-assessment and discussion. Learning and assessment is through “real world” practices, which involve setting project briefs in a project/problem based learning environment.

What subjects will I study?

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Studio
  • Digital Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Marketing Management

Entry Requirements

Applicants must currently hold a Level 8 degree. Applications not covered under this criteria will be considered on an individual basis, through submission of a portfolio of prior work or by an RPL procedure in accordance with the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SETU Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

Students will develop a portfolio of works to include designs in digital media and graphic design. Through a transformative process, students will become creative practitioners and developing skills in: creative problem solving, design principles and practices, project management, communication and collaboration, technical design skills, marketing and entrepreneurship. They will experiment and explore new ideas and concepts and integrate theories and methodologies to develop design solutions. A good designer should display personal qualities of ambition, curiosity, energy, enthusiasm, imagination, initiative and talent.

Career opportunities include:

  • Digital Media Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Animation
  • Interactive and Multi-media Design
  • Mobile Media Technologies.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE21E Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wexford Full-time €3,000 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
SE21F Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wexford Part-time €2,500  
SE21D Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wicklow Part-time €2,500  
SE21C Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Carlow Part-time €2,500  

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow

    For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies.cw@setu.ie.

    All Non-EU applicants for this programme should refer to the international section of the SETU Carlow website.


Eoin O'Brien
BA, DBS, CBS, Cert Mgmt, MBA
Faculty of Lifelong Learning Manager
E: eoin.obrien@setu.ie

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international.CW@setu.ie      
P: 00353-59-9175205