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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

1 Year

Course Content

Year 1

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

Awarding Body


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 will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

  • This course is designed to benefit students who already have a good working knowledge of computers.

Work Experience

Work experience forms and 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.

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.


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

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

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