Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the qualification recognised in my country?

Yes, our programmes are recognised worldwide. Our programmes are accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), a member of the European University Association. DIT has a long and proud tradition of combining the academic excellence of a traditional university with career-focused learning.  

Are the 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits awarded by the programme internationally recognised?

The 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits awarded by the programmes are internationally recognised. This in effect means that the qualification can sit within international grading scales, recognised internationally by academic institutions.

How much time do I need to give to the programme?

There is a minimum of 8 hours a week online learning time required on our programmes. 

In addition to these online teaching and online team-meeting hours, participants are expected to undertake readings, research and project work.

What language is the programme conducted in?

Our programmes are taught in English, the international language of technology and business.

Is it possible to hold down a full time job and do the programme at the same time?

Absolutely. Our programme has been designed for people in full time employment.

How does the “Recognition of Prior Learning” (RPL) work?

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is a process which acknowledges, and gives value to both formal and informal learning achieved prior to registering for our programme. Prior learning may be a result of successful participation in a formal learning programme for which you were awarded certification.

Prior learning may also be an outcome of non-formal or informal learning achieved through work, voluntary activities or private study, for which you may not have a certificate.

What is the difference between the Ordinary and Honours Degree?

Honours Degree

This degree is designed for participants:

- who want to achieve an Honours degree in digital technology, digital business and digital   design, and;

- who already have extensive career experience, or;

- who have digital industry experience relevant to their stream choice, or;

- who already have a degree, and;

- who want to transform their current skillset with enhanced digital skills, and;

- who want to advance their career in senior management positions, or;

- who want to make a step-change in their career direction, or;

- who want to launch or advance their own startup business.

Ordinary Degree

This degree is designed for participants: 

- who want to achieve a degree in digital technology, digital business and digital design, and;

- who have good career experience, or;

- who have industry experience relevant to their stream choice, and;

- who want to advance their career prospects in the digital sector, or;

- who want to move career into the digital sector from an unrelated field, and;

- who want to further progress their career in executive or middle management positions, or;

- who intend to continue their studies to a higher level.

How does the programme work?

Our programmes are a blend of online eLearning, virtual team-working, online-led workshops with fellow participants.

Each week, units are released for you to complete in your own time. However, we advise you to complete the units within the week to maintain a manageable workload.

Outside of the units, you will have live syncs or coaching session and on-line team meetings. It is up to each team to determine the time of the week that works best for them.

Can I contact the lecturers if I get stuck with some of the course material?

Yes, our team of industry expert advisors, mentors and curriculum leads provide ongoing support throughout the programme through meetings, tutorials and forums.

If I complete the Ordinary Degree can I progress to the Honours Degree?

Yes, after completing your Ordinary Degree with Digital Skills Academy you will be eligible to progress to our Honours Degree programme. 

How will I be graded / assessed?

Assessments are project based, ongoing and based on group and individual projects. The formal process of assessment is undertaken by the Graduate Assessment Board and quality assured by Dublin Institute of Technology.

What level of coding do I need to start the programme?

You do not require prior knowledge of coding. However coders do require an aptitude for problem solving and a curiosity for how things work. Our enrollment and assessment team can help guide you in determining if you have the aptitude required.

How do I communicate with my International team members?

Participants communicate through the use of online collaboration tools with team members in other countries.

Who are DIT? (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Over 125 years, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has pioneered technological higher education. In that time it has continued to adapt and expand its provision to reflect a changing society and the wider economic environment. DIT is now one of Europe’s largest and most innovative higher education institutions and combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning.

What is an ‘ECTS’ Credit? What is a ‘level’?

‘ECTS’ stands for European Credit Transfer System. It is the common credit system in place at universities in Europe to assign credits to a programme or module.

What are the Technical Requirements for the Programme?

Internet Connection

As the programme content is delivered via the Internet and includes HD video, a fast stable internet connection is very important.  We would recommend a fixed line broadband connection with minimum speed of between 4Mb - 8Mb/s

If your internet speed is under 4Mb/s or if you experience playback issues you should be able to view the video content by switching off HD and viewing the video material in standard definition (SD).

Computer Hardware

Any computer purchased in the last few years should be suitable for consuming programme content.  At a minimum we would recommend a Windows PC or Apple Mac with a 2Ghz dual core processor and 4GB RAM.

Computer Software

Software requirements will vary depending on what stream you take, however we require assignments to be submitted in Microsoft Word format so you will need access to Microsoft Office.  Below is a list of some of the software requirements based on stream taken.

Coding Stream

Text editor (Brackets, Sublime Text, Notepad++, most of which are open source)
XAMPP, WAMP or MAMP (For local hosting, also open source)

Design Stream

  • Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Bridge Creative Cloud

While you are a participant at Digital Skills Academy you will also be enrolled as a student with our accrediting partner, Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT.  This should ensure your eligibility to apply for a student license of the Adobe Creative Cloud at a much reduced price.  See the following link for details:

Learning Management System

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome when accessing the Learning Management System, if you are using a different browser please make sure it is always updated to the latest version.

Live Sync / Adobe Connect

Any updated browser with the latest Flash player installed will be suitable for Live Sync sessions.

A webcam and mic will also be required for sessions where participants will be contributing over video and voice.

You can see if you meet all tech requirements for Adobe Connect, including internet connection by following this link: 

What are Live Syncs? Coaching Sessions?

Each week a ‘live sync’ or a coaching session is scheduled. A live sync is an on-line meet-up for you and your fellow participants. These sessions will give you an opportunity to set any questions to our curriculum leads.

Recordings of live syncs are made available (after 24 hours) for those who are unable to attend in RT.

On alternative weeks, each team is asked to meet with their dedicated participant support co-ordinator for a coaching session. This further support is provided to ensure that you are absorbing the materials and staying on top of the work load. 

Will I have to Code if I’m not in the Digital Coding and Technology Stream?

If you are on the design stream you will do some front end development but coding is only expected from the Digital Coding and Technology Stream.

What coding languages are used?

We cover Bootstrap, jQuery, Angular, Code Igniter, PHP/JavaScript and MySQL. 

How does the Industry Partner project work?

The opportunity for participants to work on industry assigned projects is key to producing industry optimised talent who graduate from our programmes. Participants are sorted into cross functional teams made up of project managers, coders and designers. Each team will be partnered with a leading Industry Partner and will be asked to produce anything from a complex website, mobile app, bespoke digital services or other development initiatives that help the Industry Partner.

Your Industry Project will be completed alongside your weekly modules and is an ideal opportunity to develop the key skills needed within the digital industry. 

If I complete the Ordinary Degree can I progress to the Honours Degree?

Yes, after successfully completing the BSc Degree with Digital Skills Academy you will be eligible to progress to the BSc Honours Degree programme. 

Is it Possible to select more than 1 Stream?

Due to the high demand of the programme, it is not possible to select more than 1 stream. However, through the project work, you will be working closely with the other streams and we encourage our participants to share what they have learned.

Where and when does the graduation take place?

We are part of DIT’s biannual graduation ceremonies. There is a physical ceremony in Dublin’s grand historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral for anyone who can attend

What level of detail is required in my application?

All applicants must provide: transcripts of examinations, diplomas, certificates and awards and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.  An interview or aptitude test may also be required if deemed necessary by the Admissions Board. 

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