Design, Technology and Innovation / Dearadh, Teicneolaíocht agus Nuálaíocht

2020 CAO Points: 228

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Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Note: If any student wishes to purchase a laptop in advance of commencing this course, please note that it should be of a spec suitable to run a programme such as Solid Works (3D CAD) and run a Windows based operating system. An Apple Mac is not suitable to run the software used on this programme

This programme offers a truly unique learning experience and opens up the path to an exciting career in technology design. You’ll come to understand the design process from concept through to market, and study business as well as design and technology modules. You can tailor your own journey, with three specialist stream options in Year 3: Wearable Technologies, Smart Systems or Entrepreneurship. You’ll gain deep project design experience throughout the programme, which offers an opportunity for industry placement either locally or through one of our international partner institutes.

Our students are creative and have a strong interest in design, using technology. You don’t need prior technical skills but should have an interest in technology and how it can be applied creatively in the design process.

Your learning will be project-based, with learning blocks throughout Years 1 and 2 in Design Methodologies, Maker Technologies, Digital Fabrication and Project Design. You’ll have access to ideation spaces, technical labs and prototyping hubs to develop ideas and create designs. This includes access to 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC machining. You’ll have opportunities throughout for industry collaboration and feedback, with learning based on real-world scenarios.

Further Study: On successful completion, you’ll be eligible for the final year of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Design, Technology and Innovation.

IT Requirements:

A HIGH spec is recommended (i.e. able to run Win 10, Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, design packages such as Solid Works etc. should be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes. Needs high RAM, larger SSD, Graphics acceleration, etc.). MS Windows 10 based laptops are recommended. Apple (OSX) are not suitable due to software package installation requirements.

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  • Design Technology
  • Technology Innovation
  • Creative Concept Design
  • Digital Fabrication Technologies
  • Wearable Technologies
  • Smart Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Development
  • Technology Project Management

Semester 1

  • Principles of Electronics and Digital Systems
  • UX Design
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Maker Studio

Semester 2

  • Web Technologies and Databases
  • Software Design and Introduction to Python
  • Digital Fabrication Portfolio

Semester 1

  • Algebra, Geometry and Calculus
  • Microcontrollers and Embedded Technology
  • Information Systems and Applications
  • Design Thinking and Ideation Portfolio

Semester 2

  • Matrices and Differential Equations
  • Mechanical Design
  • Materials Science and Sustainable Design
  • Creative Product Design Project

Semester 1

  • Applications of Wireless Communications
  • Sensor Technology
  • Object-Oriented Analyses and Design
  • Production and the Market
  • Statistics and Probability


  • Biosignals and Systems
  • Tools for Machine Learning
  • Enterprise and Operation

You must select one elective.

Semester 2

  • Design Experience
  • Sales and Digital Marketing
  • Research Methods and Technical Writing

This course is the perfect mix of engineering, business and science. More and more companies require employees with an all-around skillset, an individual who is creative enough to design, think, process and create. It is a course of the future and will provide skilled workers to tackle new inventions and more.The course has a little bit of everything for everyone and will teach you from the ground up on the basics of business, market research, engineering, science and more. The best thing about the course is the hands-on experience in how to design products and work with coding and engineering.
- Heinz Cleto, Design, Technology and Innovation

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Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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