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Denis Canty

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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute


 

Computer Games Programming


Course Code(s):  5M0529 CI061CR
QQI Award Code:  5M0529 Software Development
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
The purpose of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation in the craft of writing computer programs and creating 2D and 3D computer games. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to understand how computers work and can be used to model the physical behaviour of real world objects.

This course will present learners with the opportunity to appreciate the programming considerations that arise with different game genres such as adventure, First Person Shooter (FPS), Role Playing Games (RPGs), strategy, fighting and sports games. Play and critique a variety of games on a selection of popular platforms (e.g. X-Box, PS3, PC etc). Use specialised game engine tools to create their own game components (levels, maps, characters etc). Write and test their own computer games (2D and 3D). Use life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning.

 

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.

Computer Architecture and Systems
Maths for Engineering
Communications
Computer Programming
Image Processing
Games Analysis Design
Games Studies
Software Development
Work Experience

 

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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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Scientist   ICT Staff - EU  
Network Administrator   Web Designer / Developer  
Network Engineer   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Database Administrator   Web Editor  
Android /iOS App Developer   Multimedia Technical Manager  
Games Designer   Web/Scrum Master  
Multimedia Producer   Multimedia Developer  
Multimedia Designer   IT Consultant  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Scientist  
Games Programmer   Geographical Information Systems Technicians  
Big Data Specialist   Games Tester  
Technical Architect - Data   Software Developer / Architect  
Computer Programmer   Computer Systems Technician  
Data Analyst   IT Security Specialist  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Test Lead - Software   Engineer - Software  
Computer Systems Analyst   Computer System Administrator  
Multimedia Writer   Software Localisation  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist   Computer / IT Support Specialist  
Computer Assembly Technician   Computer Trainer/Instructor  
IT Trainer   Engineer - Electronic  
Engineer - Telecommunications   Librarian / Archivist / Curator  
Information Officer   Desktop Publisher  
Newspaper - Magazine Editor   Broadcasting Researcher  
Originator   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Media Researcher  
Writer   Journalist / Reporter  
Literary agent   Journalist - Radio/Television  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
Media & Publishing
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M0529