Bachelor’s Degree in Video Game Development

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September – October

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 16,465 / year

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The industry program in computer games is an exciting field, currently surpassing the film industry worldwide. Computer game development is innovative and exciting from a technological and creative perspective, providing career opportunities for imaginative, logical, and energetic students. Graduates will have the satisfaction of seeing their work enjoyed by a global audience. You will learn the art and science of computer game programming and design. The entry route to Computer Game Development at UL is through the Computer Science Common Entrance LM121.

Program description

This program will equip you with the skills and technological capacity to develop systems related to computer games and graphics. You will study Computer Science, with special emphasis on topics relevant to Design from Games such as software development, mobile devices, computer graphics and artificial intelligence and you will gain skills in:

  • Understand the fundamentals of computer graphics software
  • Work as a team and network with other professionals to complete complex software-based game projects.
  • You will work creatively and solve problems
  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • You will develop skills in cinematography and story writing.
  • Cultural awareness: developing appropriate games for international markets
  • Technical capacity and solid skills in software development
  • Object-oriented layout
  • Mobile applications
  • Data structures and algorithms

Program structure

In the first year, the entry route to computer game development will have an emphasis on Year 1 this is programming, it is an appreciation of its foundation in the study of the machine physics in which the programs run. In the second year, and in the first semester of the third year, the program will expand your knowledge of software development in general.

In the second semester of the third year, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have learned and increase your awareness of the workplace of computer games while at the same time It will allow you to develop your social environment and business skills.

In your fourth year, you will undertake a major independent project in the area. Typically, this will involve the development of one or more software components of a computer game, or the development of a complete game using existing software components.

Semester 1

  • Rendering and modeling
  • Introduction to programming
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
  • Fundamentals of IT organization
  • Discrete math

Semester 2

  • Game modeling design
  • Software development
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
  • Organization of the computer system
  • Computer Mathematics 2

Semester 3

  • Object-oriented development
  • Operating systems
  • Database systems
  • Software inspection and testing
  • Games for global markets

Semester 4

  • Smart systems
  • Event-based scheduling
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Computer graphics
  • Statistics for Computing

Semester 5

  • Project management and practice
  • Professional problems in computing
  • Mobile application development
  • Artificial intelligence for games
  • Machine learning: methods and applications

Semester 6

  • Cooperative Education

Semester 7

  • Computer systems project 1
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Neural Computing
  • Computer Graphics II: Tools and techniques
  • Simultaneity and parallelism in software development

Semester 8

  • Computer systems project 2 (double weighting)
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Analysis of writing games
  • Data processing

* The availability of the module may change from year to year

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must possess at the time of registration the established Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects that must include: two grades H5 (upper level) and four grades O6 (ordinary level) or four grades H7 (upper level) Level) grades. Subjects must include math, Irish or other language, and English.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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