Web Design & Multimedia (Level 5)

This course is designed to equip students with the specialist skills to build industry-standard websites using Adobe Creative Suite software. Learners will develop skills in digital multimedia including graphic design, illustration, sound, animation, web authoring, project management and digital movie making for web based content.

This course is particularly suited to those who have an interest in computer graphics and web-based multimedia. Successful students will need an artistic flair for use in multimedia-rich website development and a deep commitment to developing the wide range of computer skills necessary, for this fast-changing environment.

  • QQI Certificate in Multimedia Production (5M2146) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Multimedia Production
  • Award Code: 5M2146
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Web Authoring
  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Media Analysis
  • Multimedia Project Development
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • The Internet
  • Design
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Watch the above video to learn more about the Web Design and Multimedia course. Video created by Fred Wood and James Cahill – Web Design and Multimedia graduates 2020.

Disclaimer: The college  reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit www.qqi.ie , www.cao.ie and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit www.cao.ie

Full-time Courses:

  • DCU -BSc (Hons) Multimedia -DC133
  • DCU – BA (Hons) Communications Studies- DC131
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BA (Hons) Creative Computing -DL 836 (require LC Maths O6/H7)
  • Maynooth University – Computer Science through Arts – MH601 (require LCE Maths O3/H7)
  • Maynooth University – Computer Science through Science – MH602 (require LCE Maths O3/H7)
  • Maynooth University – Media Studies with Computer Technology – MH109 (require LCE Maths O3/H7)
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2146) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see https://www.wit.ie/future_students/fe_progression/further-education-progression-scheme

Graduates of this course will be well placed to avail of the increasing number of employment opportunities that are arising in this rapidly expanding industry. The Forfás report on the Future Skills Requirements of the International Digital Media Industry: Implications for Ireland indicated the potential of this sector:

“As high-bandwidth technologies become increasingly pervasive around the globe, they will fuel an insatiable demand for high quality content … This content will span entertainment, information, education and business applications, as well as novel applications that we cannot even envisage at present. Consequently there are huge opportunities for a country which can position itself at the nexus of the creative arts and digital technology.”

Students participate in work experience placement as part of the course – with the opportunity to avail of overseas internships in Amsterdam and Exeter, UK.

Software: Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Illustrator and Animate), HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Bootstrap.

I really enjoyed studying Multimedia & Web Design in this college and although we weren’t in the College for a long period of time before we went into lockdown, I still felt engaged during the lectures and practicals online. The teachers were all very considerate and helpful whenever it came to me not fully understanding what I needed to do. I also got immense support from all teachers when needed. Not only did I achieve my Level 5 but I gained new skills from the modules on the course, such as Web Authoring, Multimedia Authoring, Computer Illustrated Graphics and Design.

After I finished at Ballsbridge College, I got accepted to Dundalk Institute of Technology and I am currently doing a Level 8 course in Computing in Game Development. When I first joined Ballsbridge College, I did not know what I wanted to do after or what type of course I would choose if I went to a university. However, when I continued to get more involved in Web Design & Multimedia the idea of coding stuck out to me, and it was my favourite part of it all! It made me realise that this is what I want to do after I finish in Ballsbridge College. So, I thank Ballsbridge College for helping me figure out what I want to do in the future. Overall, I had a great experience here and I can honestly say that I don’t regret picking Ballsbridge College to further my education.”  

Titilayo Akande, Web Design and Multimedia graduate, 2021, progressed to Game Development, Dundalk IT

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school. In 2019 I registered for the Web Design and Multimedia in Ballsbridge College. The course taught me a lot! I studied Computer Illustrated Graphics, Multimedia Project Development, Design and Web Authoring. I have met so many amazing people along the way. I was even lucky enough to spend two weeks on work placement in Amsterdam which was fully funded by Erasmus +.

I was a member of the Ballsbridge College Student Council which allowed me to meet other students and learn about how a college is run from a different perspective. I developed so many new skills and have gained so much confidence. Thanks to my successful l year in Ballsbridge College, I was offered a place in Communication Studies in DCU, which is a Level 8-degree course! Thank you to everyone in Ballsbridge College of Further Education who made this possible.”  

Nicole Fischer, Web Design graduate 2020, progressed to BA Communications, DCU

I loved my time at Ballsbridge College. I benefited from the course both professionally and personally. I am very proud of the results that I achieved. I believe that I could not have done it without the amazing support of the teachers at College. They were very reassuring and helpful whenever I struggled to understand something on the course. I learnt a lot of skills that will definitely benefit me in the future. I am very thankful for this invaluable experience and I would add that if you are looking for an inspiring place to continue your education I strongly recommend attending Ballsbridge College. Thank you for the wonderful support!”  

Greg Lont, Web Design & Multimedia Graduate 2019, progressed to Games Development (QQI Level 6)

I started in DCU with many advantages, thanks to my time in Ballsbridge College where I learnt a lot about time management, assignment writing, study skills and self- directed independent learning. Ballsbridge College provided me with a friendly supportive positive learning environment in which to develop my multimedia skills and knowledge and prepare me for further study. I had gained a good grounding and experience of many of the modules on the degree programme; I had acquired an extra layer of maturity, having completed the PLC course and I knew what was expected from me as a third level student.”  

Daniel Rice Murphy, Web Authoring and Multimedia graduate 2016, progressed to Multimedia, DCU

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