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Computer Games Design

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Computer Games Design

Course Code: CI061CU
Course Level: 5
QQI Level 5 Award Title: Certificate in Creative Media
QQI Award Letters: 5M5048
Course Duration: 1 Year
Computer Games Design
Computer Games Design

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a firm foundation in computer games design. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills fundamental to the craft of games design. Although the emphasis of the course is on principles of design, the course provides exposure to all aspects of games development from initial concept, to storyboard creation and from design right through to the development stage culminating in the design of fully functioning 2D and 3D games.

This course will present learners with the opportunity to: 

  • fully explore each stage of the game design process
  • appreciate the design 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) create their own computer games (2D and 3D)
  • use life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning

Course Content
  • Animation
  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • Games Analysis Design
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Animation
  • Image Processing
  • Design Skills
  • Web Authoring
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Music Technology
Work Experience
A minimum of 10 days work placement must be completed in a relevant vocational area.
*Each Year makes up to 9 work experience places available to our computer games design students to work on UE4 and Blender tutorials.

Career Opportunities
There is a growing demand for games designers both in Ireland and abroad. Ireland is now host to a number of leading computer games design companies and the career opportunities in this sector are growing. 

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Students who successfully complete this course meet the entry requirements for the Level 6  Computer Games Development course or the Level 6 Multimedia and Web Development (Year 2) course at Cavan Institute. 

Elsewhere: Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).