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CW208
Computer Games Development

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This is the only degree course in gaming that Microsoft has helped to develop and given their backing to. This course also includes a six-month work placement in the games development industry. Students should note that much more than an interest in playing computer games is required for this course. You study such subjects as applied maths, computer architecture and computer interaction.

This four-year honours programme provides students with the skills they need to become professional games developers. Students will acquire skills in software design and programming, game design, graphics programming, modelling, simulation and animation. On completion, students will have produced several complete game concepts in a playable form. Students will design and develop games for a range of platforms including PC, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS, OUYA and Windows Phone. Lectures and course practicals cover game industry development technologies.


 
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OB3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics may be substituted for a pass in module C20175. Relevant students should contact Admissions, IT Carlow.

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The games industry is already a multi-billion euro industry, which already makes more money than the Hollywood movie industry, and it is expected to increase even more over the next few years. This course will provide people with all the skills they need to become professional games software developers.



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