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Cavan Institute
Computer Games Programming

Our Computer Games Programming (Year 1) course provides students with a firm foundation in the craft of writing computer programs and creating 2D and 3D computer games.

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.

Further Study

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).

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.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development


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


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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