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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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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.