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Computer Games Design & Programming

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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529 CE03
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course offers learners the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge for a modern and rapidly expanding industry. You will gain a solid foundation in computer games design and programming, understanding the process of software development and enhancing problem solving and analytical skills. Learners are provided with the opportunity to critique a variety of games, explore game design processes and improve awareness of the design considerations involved with different gaming genres. Gain hands-on experience of the latest technologies in gaming to create and program computer games. Work Experience also forms an integral part of this course.

What will you Study?

Through this course you will gain a solid foundation in computer games design and programming. The course provides an introduction to all aspects of games development from concept through to the development stage including both 2D and 3D games.

Fundamentals of Object Oriented 5N0541
Programming 5N0541
Software Architecture 5N2772
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Games Analysis and Design 5M0529
Web Authoring 5N1910
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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

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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.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
CAD Technician   Digital Media Designer  
Data Scientist   Business Systems Service Technician  
ICT Staff - EU   Web Editor  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Network Engineer  
Web Designer / Developer   Database Administrator  
Network Administrator   Games Designer  
Multimedia Designer   Multimedia Producer  
Multimedia Technical Manager   Web / Scrum Master  
App Developer - Android /iOS   Computer / Software Sales Assistant  
IT Consultant   Big Data Specialist  
IT Security Specialist   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Technical Architect - Data   Data Analyst  
Games Tester   Software Developer / Architect  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Computer Scientist  
Games Programmer   Test Lead - Software  
Software Engineer   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer Programmer  
Computer Hardware Engineer   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Multimedia Writer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Computer Assembly Technician  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer Trainer / Instructor   IT Trainer  
Telecommunications Engineer   Electronic Engineer  
Lighting Technician   Prop Maker  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Composer (Music)  
Actor / Actress   Theatre / Television Designer  
Dancer   Director - TV/Film  
Sound Engineer   Screenwriter  
Choreographer   Singer  
Musician   Pyrotechnician  
Cartoonist   Performing Artist  
Makeup Artist Assistant - TV/Film   Producer  
Stage Manager   Location Manager - TV / Film  
Piano Tuner   Stunt Artist  
Band Roadie    

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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