BSc in Computer Games Development

Institute of Technology Carlow
UniHaven Pathway Access

The Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development.

Programme Overview

Games Development is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of software development that one can work in. Graduates of this course are sought after by both multinational and indigenous industry leaders such as Microsoft, Demonware, Aeria Games and Swrve. The games industry continues to grow rapidly and Ireland is gaining international recognition as a centre of excellence due to the calibre of graduates in this field. This course 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, and artificial intelligence. On completion, students will have produced several complete game concepts in a playable form. Lectures and course practicals cover game industry development technologies, including: programming languages (C++, C#, Javascript, Python and HTML5) game engine and frameworks (Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, SFML, SDL, OpenGL and DirectX) peripheral technology (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive).

“The Game gives you a Purpose. The Real Game is, to Find a Purpose.” ― Vineet Raj Kapoor

Why do this Programme?

Have you a deep interest in how things work? Have you the persistence to see a task through to completion? Are you creative and proud of your work, willing to go the extra mile to get it just right? Have you a passion for learning new things? You are not just a consumer of content but also a creator. An active learning environment that includes dedicated game development studios.

Games Development students have competed successfully in national and international digital game events including: 2019 Games Fleadh: Game Studio Ireland Challenge: College Cup Champions and winners of four other awards, GameCraft 2019: Recipient of first, second and third prize. Institute of Technology Carlow’s final year project showcase is attended by leading employers in the games and IT industries.
Work placements are offered as part of all undergraduate courses with leading national and international companies.

The department maintains an international perspective through widespread collaboration with other computing departments and higher education providers with active research links with Netherlands, France, China, Finland, Norway, Hungary and UK.

Graduates of this course are sought after by employers and Institute of Technology Carlow alumni are working for prominent companies such as Aeria Games, Glu Mobile, Havok, Swrve, Demonware, DIGIT Games Studios and Microsoft. Exit Award: Bachelor of Science in Computer Games Programming (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Career Prospects

Careers include:

  • Specialist software engineeringrole in games (Rendering / AI /
    Gameplay / UI / Networking),
  • Engine developer (Unity3D / Unreal /Frostbite),
  • Specialist software engineer in performance-related solutions to problems in all types of industry (Financial trading / Autonomous driving / Data analytics etc.),
  • Mobile app developer and General software engineers in the commercial computing sector.