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LC418 Games Design & Development - BSc (Honours)
  • Programme Code:
    LC418
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Department:
    Information Technology
    CAO Points:
    2017 251
    Duration:
    4 Years​
    Campus:
    Thurles
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    What is the programme about?
    This programme is designed to produce graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the essential aspects of games design and development. Students will learn the techniques for analysis, design and development of games for diverse platforms including mobile, handheld consoles, personal and tablet computers, games consoles and online games in a variety of computer programming languages.

    Students will produce game designs and implement these through a variety of game engines and frameworks using state of the art technology and specialised hardware. Our hardware facilities include Ireland’s largest Xbox 360 Game laboratory and access to Playstation development kits.

    LIT is licenced for leading multi-platform game engines to enhance your learning experience. LIT Thurles, a Digital Games Hub, is the home of Games Fleadh, one of Ireland’s most important games programming festivals.

    LIT Thurles alumni have worked on AAA titles such as StarCraft, Wolfenstien, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty. Our campus enterprise centre facilitates and is host to game studios start-ups who are actively supported by Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre business mentors.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    Suited to people who are creative, analytical and logical and who are interested in computers and are passionate about game development. Creative and innovative minded people will be challenged in this programme to express their ideas and develop ground-breaking new game technologies.

    Programme Aims:
    This course is for designers who are:
    • Creative through reading lots or books from a variety of genres
    • Good at mathematics and programming
    • Play computer and board games
    • Independent thinkers
    • Experimental, particular and persistent
    • Good with people: especially international teams

    This programme will suit people who enjoy:
    • Games and Puzzles
    • Deconstructing and making things
    • Problem solving
    • Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Working in teams
    • Challenges

    Top 3 Reasons
    1. Ireland has a growing indie game developer community and indigenous game studios provide excellent employment opportunities.
    2. State of the art technology is used across our Computing programmes to enhance the student’s learning experience.
    3. Work placement is an integral part of all of our Computing programmes. Students will undertake six months industry work placement in Year 3 as part of their studies.

    Class Contact Hours
    Year 1: 25 hours per week
    Year 2: 24 hours per week
    Year 3: 18 hours per week
    Year 4: 16 hours per week

    Did You Know?
    It has been estimated by industry representative body Games Ireland that numbers employed within the industry will double over the next two years.

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