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Computing and Digital Media

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This programme gives students the opportunity to study the latest technologies in 2D and 3D graphics animation, web design and development, video production and database technologies for multi platform environments. 

You will become proficient in various software toolkits and applications through practical development work. 

This course of study fosters the development of creative thinking, and the development of interpersonal and project management skills and competencies required to work in the web and technological world.

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GA788 - Computing and Digital Media
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA788 - Computing and Digital Media
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Graduates will gain a wide range of skills and competencies in mobile, digital media and web development which ensures their versatility and adaptability to the fast changing world of Information Technology. 

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