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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
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Animation
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate.  
  • Mature students are also very welcome.
  • Access to this programme will be decided based on interview. 
  • 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

Registration fee of €150. Details of all other college fees are available from the college office on request.


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

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click "Apply Now" on various parts of this web page.

Course Coordinator: Brian O'Shea

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