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Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Ballyfermot College of Further Education


 

Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) - HND


Course Code:  DGH
Award Code(s): 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is aimed at students with an interest in developing a career in the computer games industry. The course covers all aspects of computer games design from artistic and technical to conceptual and academic areas.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Contextual Studies
Research Techniques
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Special Subject Investigation
Practical Skills for Computer Game Design
Computer Games Studies
Career Development for the Computer Games Industry
2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games
3D Computer Game Engines
Music and Sound for Computer Games
Ideas Generation for Computer Games
3D Animation for Computer Games
Computer Game Design Techniques
Level Design for Computer Games
Scripting for Computer Game Design
Human-Computer Interfaces for Computer Games

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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