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Computer Games Programming

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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529 CI061CR
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation in the craft of writing computer programs and creating 2D and 3D computer games. 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 will present learners with the opportunity 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. 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). Use life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning.

What will you Study?

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation in the craft of writing computer programs and creating 2D and 3D computer games. 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 will present learners with the opportunity 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. 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). Use life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning. 

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Image Processing 5N1292

Software Architecture 5N2772

Software Development 5M0529

Programming & Design Principles 5N2927

Computer Systems & Networks 5M0536

Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M0529

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
Entertainment & Performing Arts
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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