Information for Prospective Students

Graduates of any discipline, or those with an equivalent professional qualification, are eligible to apply, provided their previous programmes of study do not significantly duplicate the content of this course. Selection of candidates for the programme is based on academic achievement.

Course Description

The course consists of six taught modules Introduction to MM technology, Graphics and Animation, The Web, Digital Video, Digital Audio, Virtual Reality, which collectively account for two-thirds of the marks available on the course. In addition to the taught units, each student undertakes a project, which accounts for the remaining one-third of the available marks. The units are taught full-time and collectively occupy a period of 25 weeks from October to the following May. Students then work full-time on the project, which must be submitted in the following December.

Therefore, the course duration is 15 months from October to the following December.

Each of the taught units is assessed by a mixture of continuous assessments and written examinations. The examinations will take place in the summer and will be of two hours duration for each unit. The project will be assessed on the basis of (a) a written report and (b) an executable multimedia product.

Course Facilities

Facilities for multimedia teaching and research are based around a network of PCs and Apple Macintosh iMac/G4 workstations equipped with professional graphics, animation, video, 3D Graphics, VR, and audio software. Hardware facilities include digital still and video cameras, professional-quality scanners and large-format printers, and high-speed storage media for video-editing. Audio facilities include a digital 24-track recording facility plus a wide range of sound-sources, effects units and audio processing equipment. High end laboratories are equipped with the latest professional tools including broadcast quality digital video editing suites, DVD authoring suites, motion tracking head mounted display based VR workstations, and sound/speech synthesis tools. 

Career Opportunities

There is great demand for developers of multimedia products, services and content. The phenomenal growth of the web in the last few years has led to huge demand for people who have skills in web-site creation and maintenance. More recently, the advent of digital television has created job opportunities both for people who can establish and maintain digital production facilities and for people who can create and process material for broadcast. Education too is changing rapidly as multimedia technologies come of age, and graduates with the appropriate skills are being sought by colleges, education authorities, educational software publishers, language schools and private training companies.

Employers of our graduates include companies such as Apple Computer, Motorola, BBC, RTE, NetG, RiverDeep, UCC, several ITs.

Some of the Skills Acquired After the Course

- Basic Multimedia Design Concepts.
- Internet and Multimedia Programming.
- WEB Design.
- Video and Audio Processing and Editing.
- New Technologies and Systems for Advanced Multimedia Development (VR).

F.A.Qs

What is the closing date for applications?
Where is it possible to get the application form?
Is the course available on a part-time basis?
How many places are there on the course?
What is the tuition fee of the course?
What documents should the application form contain?

What is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for applications for the 2003/04 course is Friday July 4th 2003.

Where is it possible to get the application form?
Application forms and information on application deadlines and fees are available from the Postgrad Admission Office, West Wing, UCC, College Road, Ireland. 
Please, contact Mary Murphy for general information. Phone: +353-21-490-2829, E-mail: mmurphy@reg.ucc.ie, Web http://www.ucc.ie/admin/graduatestudies/Prospectus

The application form can be also downloaded from here.
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Is the course available on a part-time basis?
Yes, the part-time study is also available but depends on the numbers of applicants for such option. In this case the taught modules are spread for two academic years so that the course lasts 27 months. Unfortunately, from scheduling reasons the part-time course is likely to be a day course and not an evening course.
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How many places are there on the course?
This year the course is restricted to 55 places.
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What is the tuition fee of the course?
This course has been approved again for funding by Government under a major initiative to meet IT skills needs identified by the Expert Group on future skills needs. Under this initiative, EU students offered a place on this course paid a reduced tuition fee of EUR1,000.00 in 2002/2003. The MSc tuition fee a non-EU student was EUR7,479.00 (payable in full prior to registration) in 2002/2003. The fees for 2003/2004 are likely to be higher than in 2002/2003.
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What documents should the application form contain?
Applicants from Institutions OTHER THAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK should arrange to forward the following ORIGINAL documentation with their application forms to the Postgraduate Admissions Office (copies will NOT suffice):
1. An ORIGINAL transcript of academic career to date from your University (officially stamped). If your final degree result is not available when applying for this course, please also forward an additional ORIGINAL transcript of final degree results, when available.
2. If the date of conferring of your degree is not included on your final academic transcript, please also forward ORIGINAL proof of conferring of the degree (parchment).
3. ORIGINAL Birth Certificate (an original Marriage Certificate, if applicable and you wish to be recorded in your married name).
4. Two Original Letters of Reference indicating your potential for postgraduate study.
5. Applicants whose native tongue is not English, must submit official evidence of either a TOEFL score of 600 (for the paper based test) or 250 (for the computer based test) or an IELTS score of 6.5; see www.toefl.org or www.ielts.online.com for details.
6. Non-EU applicants are required to provide official documentary evidence of financial support OR funding WITH their application. Students who propose funding their studies from private sources, must submit an ORIGINAL officially stamped Banker's Reference AND Bank Statements (with account balances and the equivalent amount in Euros) or such evidence as would indicate that they will be in a position to meet the anticipated expenditure.
NON-IRISH APPLICANTS WHOSE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION IS NOT IN ENGLISH SHOULD ARRANGE TO HAVE THEIR DOCUMENTATION OFFICIALLY TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH If you are unable to provide any of the above mentioned documentation at the time of application, please attach a note to your application advising us when you expect to forward same. Please state the course(s) you are applying to on all correspondence.