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Cavan Institute

Computer Games Programming


Computer Games Programming

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.

Career Opportunities

The games industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and opportunities are plentiful both in Ireland and abroad. Examples of job titles include animator, background artist, games programmer, engine programmer, modeler, designer, script writer and game tester. Current skills shortages in these areas means employment is virtually guaranteed, particularly for degree level graduates.


At Cavan Institute: 

Students who successfully complete this course in Computer Games Programming( Year 1) meet the entry requirements for a range of level 6 courses offered at Cavan Institute, including Software Development (Year 2), Computer Games Development (Year 2) and Computer and Network Technician (Year 2). 


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).

  • Software Design with   Virtual Reality and Gaming - TUS Athlone

  • Software Development - ATU Donegal 

  • Computer Science - DCU 

  • Computer Science - UCD

  • Computer Science - ATU Sligo 

  • Computer Science - DKIT

  • Computing and Games Development - DKIT

Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development

  • Games Analysis and Design

  • Image Processing

  • Programming and Design Principles

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming

  • Design Skills

  • Software Architecture

  • Computer Systems Hardware

  • Operating Systems

  • Maths for Information Technology

  • Communications

  • Work Experience

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare for and achieve certification in Oracle Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (novice-level certification).

About This Course

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 in Computer Games Programming enables students 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. 

Students will 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), as well as develop important life skills, including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning skills.

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