Games Design & Development


Have you an aptitude for designing and building games through ‘Scratch’ or similar programs? Are you mathematical and programming oriented? Do you have a flair for drawing and sketching? Interested in getting on the pathway to a career in the gaming industry where an explosion in online activity and the social media is driving phenomenal growth in the games industry? Or would you like to pursue your studies to degree level? 

This course will introduce you to the technologies and techniques involved in the design and development of games. You will learn to view games as a storytelling medium and to convey concepts through storyboarding techniques and computer graphics. You will get a solid foundation in games design and development for diverse platforms including: mobile, games consoles and online games.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the necessary skills to secure employment in the games and computer graphics industries. This course offers school leavers considering a career in the games industry the opportunity to progress to further studies.

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Animation Layout Design (Drawing)
  • Games Analysis Design (Phraser framework)
  • Imaging Processing - (3D Photoshop)
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Illustrator)
  • Object Oriented Programming (TypeScript Programming)
  • Web Authoring (HTML5, CSS3 & Dreamweaver CC)
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience
  • Learners will gain the knowledge and skills to:
  • Understand gaming concepts
  • Conceptualise and storyboard a game
  • Apply creative design principles
  • Create games stage and objects platforms
  • Design, build and program games
  • Create assets for use on multiple platforms
  • Produce 3D objects and illustrated graphics
  • Course Code

  • GDD
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 24
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 22 approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in BFEI. I feel the mix of subjects involved in the Games course was very beneficial and assisted me in gaining entry into the Games Design course at DIT which I am thoroughly enjoying.  Without BFEI, I could not have pursued this dream career route. BFEI was extremely supportive when myself and a colleague set up a games society.

- Philip Elliott, Games Design Graduate 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation (Digital Profile)
  • eLearning using Moodle
  • Participation in a Games Society
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of project work submitted during the year and exams
  • Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI


Learners who continue their studies at BFEI and successfully achieve the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Production can gain advanced entry into Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing at IADT, Dun Laoghaire with an option in Year 3 to branch to games development.

Learners may apply through the CAO system for entry to degree courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

More Design Courses and Computer Courses at BFEI

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/LCA

  • Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7 including English and Maths OR have achieved a Level 5 QQI qualification. 

  • Applicants are advised to bring one or two samples of their creative ability, for example: drawings, photographs, stories, models, code etc. Please note this is not a portfolio; it is simply a way for the applicant to express an aptitude for the Games Design and Development course.

Others including Mature Students

  • If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually. You will also need to present a sample of your best creative work.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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