BSc in Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design

Institute of Technology Carlow
UniHaven Pathway Access

The Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc (Hons) in Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design.

Programme Overview

Interactive Digital Art and Design is one of the most creative careers within the technology industry. As concept creators, graduates will have direct influence on product design. User-focused 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 skills required to become a professional digital artist and application developer. They will acquire skills in concept design, art production and graphics programming.

On completion, you will have produced numerous concepts for games, applications and entertainment media. Lectures and course practicals 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.

“Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” –Salvador Dali

Why do this Programme?

Are you interested in creating interactive digital art for applications, games, film and media? Students of this course will explore the world of design and digital art for technology applications used in technology and entertainment industries. Design and Interactive Digital Art are pivotal to simplifying complex interfaces and enabling audience immersion.

The Institute of Technology Carlow’s final year project showcase is attended by leading employers in 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 into Year 3 and are offered with leading national and international companies; students may also opt to complete a portfolio project.

The department maintains an international perspective through widespread collaboration with other computing departments and higher education providers with active research links with Netherlands, France, China, Finland, Norway, Hungary and UK. Exit Award: Bachelor of Science in Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Career Prospects

As this course is focused on the user centred design, graduates will develop skills in 2D and 3D interactive art creation, 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 visual design literate within the interactive digital art space and able to effectively use colour, form, light and composition. Graduates will be ready to contribute to the development and preparation of prototypes and style determination of games, applications and entertainment media.