Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia L6

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The Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates and also provide them with increased employment prospects in a wide range of areas. 

It also provides the opportunity to progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 7 on successful completion of year 1 and 2.

The Benefits of this Valuable Qualification

  • Designed to enable students to develop and animate 2 dimensional images.
  • The course will provide an introduction to operating system design, implementation and operation. 
  • Learners will understand the role of database systems in information management; the fundamentals of relational database architecture and management systems and techniques for database application development.
  •  It will provide the skills and knowledge on computer programming fundamentals by developing object oriented programming skills and a theoretical knowledge of the principles of data structures and algorithms.
  •  It teaches communications and networking fundamentals, Internet technologies, basic security and configuring simple networks.
  •  Learners will create audio and video content and prepare that content for encoding and streaming to any supporting media such as the web, CD ROM and games engines.

Applying for this course and the CAO
This course is NOT on the CAO. Students may apply directly to Dorset College: Telephone: +353 1 8309677 to speak with a Course Advisor.

Dorset College welcomes applications from Leaving Certificate, International, A Level, Mature learners and those who hold FETAC/QQI  Level 5/6 Awards.   FETAC/QQI holders may be eligible for entry onto specific related programmes at Dorset College.

Entry Requirements
FETAC/QQI Level 5 Major Award in Information Technology or International Equivalent, Leaving Certificate with the equivalent of a minimum B3 in ordinary level or D3 in higher level Mathematics.

Applicants who are second language speakers of English must achieve an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent.

For full details on entry requirements click for: International, A Level, Mature Students, FETAC/QQI Applicants,

EU Applicants: Please apply for this course by completing the application form below and send it along with the necessary documentation as per the instructions in the Application Form (Click Here).

Non EU Applications: Please complete the application form below and send it along with the necessary documentation as per the instructions in the NON EU Application Form (Click Here).

For Mature Learners (i.e. age 23 and older), applications will be individually assessed in order to determine suitability through Dorset College’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy.

The Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 7 will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competence required for JOB opportunities and/or Academic progression to Level 8 on the NFQ.  This programme of study will proivide a career path with many opportunities in this field.

 A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous  assessment processes such as assignments and projects.QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

 Higher Certificate in Science in Computing and Multimedia- Level 6

 Awarded by: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Protection of Enrolled Learners
 The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study.  Dorset College has made arrangements with at least two other providers to comply with this legal obligation. To read the QQI policy document on the protection of Enrolled Learners click on the link below. 

The Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates and also provide them with increased employment prospects in a wide range of areas. 

Graduates of this programme will have obtained a wide range of transferable skills in personal and professional development and competencies ideal for careers in any industry, examples include:

JOB Roles Transferable Skills
Games Developer Analytical ability Communication and Presentation Skills
Web Designer Goal Setting Leadership Skills
Graphic Designer Numeracy Problem Solving
Art Director Team Work Time Management
Computer Programmer Career Planning Preparation for the world of work
3D Animator/Designer    

Academic Progression
On successful completion of this level 6 Higher Certificate, graduates may progress to the Bachelor of Science in Computing & Multimedia (HETAC) Level 7  .(see the (NFQ) National Framework of Qualifications for more information on framework levels). 

Peter Lynch has been working at a senior level in the computer games, mobile apps and digital content sectors over the last 20 years. He has worked in both dynamic start-ups and large multinational technology companies. He founded his first tech start-up Eirplay in 2002. With Eirplay, he won the following national technology awards:

• Irish Digital Media Awards: Game Developer of the Year
• Eircom Web Innovation Fund Winner

He has a successful track record in localising, marketing and publishing digital content for both local and international markets.  Peter holds a Bachelor of Financial Services degree from UCD and a Diploma in New Technology Business Development from DIT. He is also a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner. 

Irene McGinn holds a BA in Communications and Creative Media (Dundalk Institute of Technology) and a MA in Film and Television Studies (Dublin City University).

She is currently involved in PhD research in the role that narrative plays in promoting action in online groups (University of West of England). Irene has experience in most areas of multimedia including writing, editing, design and programming.  

Her research interests include narrative in digital media, education and communications, audience 
 and participatory
 technology, gaming culture, online communities,
 and media

Carmen Mihaela Maritan BSc. PhD
Carmen lectures in Business Statistics & Mathematics, General Mathematics and Physics at Dorset College. She has seven years lecturing and teaching experience at 6, 7 and 8 honours degree level. 

Carmen has significant experience in “Water Resources Engineering “, carrying out research on Water resources and Water Management.  She wrote published articles on Soil and Water Pollution. Carmen studied for BSc in Civil Engineering Bucharest, for Masters and Doctoral degree in Water Resource Engineering at Faculty of Hydrotechnics Bucharest and “Pierre et Marie Curie” University Paris. She also studied for BSc in Education and Training DCU Dublin.

Stephen Kelly holds a BA (Hons) Animation Degree from the National Film School, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.   His professional training includes applications -  Maya and After Effects at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.    

Awards: Winner for "Best Animation for Apps and Gaming" in the Irish Animation Awards in 2015.

He has worked in the games and animation industry for over 8 years and is Co-Founder, Head of Games and Interactive at Studio POWWOW.  He has worked as an animator on numerous acclaimed TV shows, such as Cartoon Networks “The Amazing World of Gumball” and Disney's “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”.   In his role at POWWOW he has developed skills as a game designer, game animator and project lead, working on many award winning games and apps, the most notable being ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast.

Ryan Conradie (M.B.A.) (Six Sigma Teacher)
Ryan holds a Masters of Business Administration: University of Wales 2012 (Project Management, Change, Operations, Finance). Six Sigma Black Belt: Aveta Business Solutions 2009. A Lean, Six Sigma Business manager with over 14 years experience in the services industry.

Specialised in the areas of Lean, Project and Change Management within Business Operations. 2013 Dorset College - Level 7 Lean Six Sigma.



Course Details

Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia L6 [Full-Time]

Duration 30
Price €4,000.00
Non EU Cost €7,500.00
Comments Inclusive - course price per year

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