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
  • 1 Year Full-time / 1 Year Part-time
  • (3 nights per week 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year)
  • Wexford/Carlow/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
  • Web Design Methods
  • 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 IT Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

IT 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, 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

Graduate Profile

Elaine Parsons

Account Manager at Alice PR & Events

'Having studied Fine Art originally, I moved in to working in a marketing role in the Digital Hub Development Agency where I spent ten years gaining experience in Digital Media. I worked with SME’s, creative industries, state bodies and stakeholders to help develop Dublin as a centre of Digital excellence. However, my heart always lay in the more creative side of the industry and it was this that drew me towards pursuing the course in Digital Media Design. It was the perfect combination of creative and digital.'

How has the programme you studied in IT Carlow helped you with your career?
'The programme in IT Carlow was fantastic in that it combined all my various interests in one package. I had been looking for years to find a course that would cover the Adobe Suite, as well as giving me a good grounding in entrepreneurship and marketing. The fact that I could do this all by night, and so close to home was the real winner though. It has helped me to secure employment, and has given me confidence. I now have people coming to me looking for advice, with offers of work and consultancy opportunities. I’ve never been busier!'

Would you recommend this programme to  others?
'I can’t recommend the programme highly enough. It was brilliantly delivered by tutors who know their stuff inside out, and who cared about getting you through the programme. Achieving first class honours blew me away but more than anything, the course gave me great confidence in myself and my abilities. That cannot be underestimated!'

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWX06 Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wexford Full-time €3,000 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWX07 Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wexford Part-time €2,500  
CWW08 Higher Diploma in Arts in Digital Media Design Wicklow Part-time €,2500  
CWL30 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 IT Carlow!

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

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


Patrick Morgan
MA, BDes
E:   patrick.morgan@itcarlow.ie


David O’Callaghan
MA, BDes
E: david.ocallaghan@itcarlow.ie
P: 053 918 5800

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