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Computer Game Design & Development

Course Description

Outside the big players like EA, Activision and Zynga setting up offices here, and middleware companies like Havok and Demonware, there are many independent game studios around Ireland.  The global games industry is estimated to be valued at in excess of €66 billion. It is projected that the games industry in Ireland will create an additional 2,500 jobs over the next couple of years.

The course is aimed at those who wish to explore opportunities in the rapidly expanding games industry. Students will produce their own games using industry standard games engines.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Communications
  • Database Methods
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Games Analysis Design
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Software Architecture
  • Web Authoring
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI

Entry Requirements

  • Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

    • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
    • or have reached the age of 18. 
    • Mature student

    If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

  • This course is designed to benefit students who have an interest in technology and IT.

Work Experience

Work experience forms an integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in Game Testing, Game Development, On-Line Retailing, Website Development, Site Maintenance, Software Development or Computer Programming.

Graduates may also progress to further studies in Third Level.

Why you should learn to code

Students gain skills to engage with this innovative industry.  With developments in cloud computing technologies, mobile apps and web development, there are huge opportunities to gain employment in an industry where there is a shortfall of qualified graduates.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
Students who successfully complete this course may progress into many Level 6, 7 and 8 (Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degrees and Honours Degree) courses in various Institutes of Technology and Universities throughout the country.  

Progression into Computing with Software Development, Computing with Games development, Computing with Multimedia, Computing with Mobile App Development, Social Media and Web Technologies and other courses at Level 8 are possible with this award.

Successful students may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.

Certification

A QQI (Level 5) award in Software Development – 5M0529

 

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