BSc (with Honors) Computer Game Development

Key points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Starting dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 Degree

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 10,250 / year

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This course provides students with the skills they need to become professional game developers. Students will acquire skills in software design and programming, game design, graphic programming, and artificial intelligence. Upon completion, students will have produced several complete game concepts in playable form.

Lectures and course practices cover game industry development technologies, including: programming languages ​​(C ++, C #, Javascript, Python, and HTML5), game engines, and frameworks (Unity 3D, Unreal Engine , SFML, SDL, OpenGL and DirectX), peripheral technology (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive).

Special features

  • An active learning environment that includes dedicated game development studios.
  • Game development students have successfully competed in national and international digital gaming events including:
    • 2019 Fleadh Games: Game Studio Ireland Challenge.
    • Champions of the University Cup and winners of four other awards.
    • GameCraft 2019: Recipient of the first, second and third prize.
  • Carlow Institute of Technology’s senior year project showcase is attended by leading employers in the gaming and IT industries.
  • Internships are offered as part of all undergraduate courses with leading national and international companies.
  • The department maintains an international perspective through extensive collaboration with other IT departments and higher education providers with active research links to the Netherlands, France, China, Finland, Norway, Hungary and the United Kingdom.
  • Graduates of this course are sought after by employers and Carlow Institute of Technology alumni who are working for prominent companies such as Aeria Games, Glu Mobile, Havok, Swrve, Demonware, DIGIT Games Studios, and Microsoft.

Career prospects

  • Software engineering function specialized in games (Rendering / AI / Gameplay / UI / Networking).
  • Engine developer (Unity3D / Unreal / Frostbite).
  • Software engineer specialized in performance-related solutions to problems in all types of industry (financial trading / autonomous driving / data analysis, etc.).
  • Mobile application developer.
  • General software engineer in the business computing sector.

Program structure

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Concept art and animation
  • Game studios
  • Math
  • Programming
  • Gaming Software Engineering 1
  • Programming II
  • Applied Physics 1
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Game programming I
  • Animation
  • Web development and databases
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Project
  • Internships in companies
  • Game programming II
  • 3D graphics
  • Development for gaming devices
  • Project II (Games)
  • Game Engineering II
  • AI for games
  • Modeling and simulation of the real world
  • Online gaming technologies

Admission requirements

  • Students must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of education in their home country that is equivalent to a High School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.
  • Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent.

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