Software Development and Game Design


The games industry is one of the largest in the world – currently out grossing the music and film industry in the UK. This course is aimed at computer games enthusiasts who are interested in pursuing a career in the computer games industry. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer game development and will also learn how ideas can be transformed and conveyed through computer graphics and storyboarding techniques. Advanced OO-Programming concepts are covered and students will be confidently able to program in Java and other languages upon completion

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (5 passes)
Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
Applicants of mature years will be considered on their merits


One year full time

Course Outline
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Programming & Design Principles
  • Games Analysis & Design
  • 2D Computer Graphics
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Mathematics
  • Web Authoring
  • Operating Systems
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Students may apply for a place in the following Institutions through the Higher Education Links Scheme.


The following courses accept QQI level 5 as an appropriate entry, see the individual colleges for more details.  It is the responsibility of each students to check they are eligible to enter a course, eligibility entry can change from year to year.

Athlone IT Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Design (Game Development) – AL801
Computing and game development, Sligo IT SG131
Product Design DIT DT001
Transport and operations design DIT DT028
Mathematical Sciences DIT DT2015
Industrial Mathematics DIT DT220
Computer Science DIT DT228
Computer Science DIT DT282

Course Coordinator

Pat Horan