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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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CW208
Computer Games Development

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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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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CW208 - Computer Games Development
IT Carlow

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CW208 - Computer Games Development
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions + pass in C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556

O3/H7 or better in Leaving Certificate Mathematics may be substituted for a pass in module C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556. Relevant students should contact Admissions, IT Carlow.

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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.



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