Games Design & Development
QQI Level 5 5M5048
Level 5
Free to Apply
Degree Progression
Small class sizes

Learn how to fuse the technical and the creative aspects of game development by combining the skill of art and design (storyboarding, character development and drawing) with computing (3D, coding and graphics). This will provide you with a well-rounded foundation to further your game development career either at degree level, or follow an indie path.  

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Course Code GDD
Duration 1 Year
Number of Places 24
Contact Hours 22 approx
Days per WK 5 Days

Is this course for you?

Have you ever played a game and thought “I could have created a better game”? Do you have a flair for drawing and sketching? On this course you will learn how to take the design and software tools of game design to create new gaming experiences. We believe the key to becoming a successful games designer is not just having the skills but having the knowledge of how to use creative and technical skills together.

What will I study?

  • Understand gaming concepts
  • Conceptualise and storyboard a game
  • Apply creative design principles
  • Design, build and program games
  • Create assets for use on multiple platforms
  • Create a basic 3D game
  • Animate basic 3D Models

Year 1 Games Analysis Design (Unity) Computer 3D Modelling and Animation Imaging Processing - (3D Photoshop) Animation Layout Design (Drawing) Object Oriented Programming (C#) Responsive Web Design (HTML5 & CSS3) Communications Work Experience

Entry Requirements

​​One of the following:

  • ​Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI/FETAC Award (or equivalent)
  • Mature Applicants (aged 21 or over - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

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).

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Games Development
  • 3D Design 
  • Programming
  • Mobile Technologies
  • & many more


The following degree progression options are available through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart.

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