BSc (Honors) Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design

Key points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Work permit while you study

  • Starting dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 Degree

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 10,250 / year

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

This course provides you with the necessary skills to become a professional digital artist and application developer. They will acquire skills in conceptual design, art production, and graphic programming. Upon completion, you will have produced numerous concepts for games, applications, and entertainment media.

Lectures and course practices cover industry standard tools and technologies, including:

  • Concept design: Balsamiq, Sketch and Invision
  • 2D Art: Photoshop, Illustrator
  • 3D Art: 3D Studio Max, Blender, Maya, Zbrush
  • Programming languages: C ++, Javascript, Python and HTML5

Special features

  • Carlow Institute of Technology’s senior project showcase is attended by leading employers in the creative industries.
  • Students will develop interactive art within a collaborative environment with an emphasis on teamwork, group work, and project work throughout the course.
  • Work placements incorporated in Year 3 and offered with leading national and international companies; students may also choose to complete a portfolio project.
  • The department maintains an international perspective through extensive collaboration with other IT departments and higher education providers with active research links to the Netherlands, France, China, Finland, Norway, Hungary and the United Kingdom.

Career prospects

As this course focuses on user-centered design, graduates will develop skills in creating interactive 2D and 3D art, user experience design, user interface design, and programming.

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 experts in visual design within the interactive digital art space and will be able to effectively use color, shape, light, and composition. Graduates will be ready to contribute to the development and prototyping and styling of games, applications, and entertainment media.

Program structure

  • Concept art and animation
  • Game Studies
  • Human interaction with computer
  • Programming
  • Math
  • Digital media design
  • Design psychology
  • User interface Prototyping
  • User interface programming
  • Web UI Design
  • Projects management
  • Creative study
  • Interactive content creation
  • Measurement of user experience
  • Advanced user interface programming
  • Business processes


  • Job
  • Project
  • Concept design
  • 2D and 3D environmental modeling
  • Visual effects programming
  • Emerging human interaction with computer
  • Entrepreneurship project

Admission requirements

  • Students must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of education in their home country that is equivalent to a High School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.
  • Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent.

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