Games Design & Development


Games Design & Development Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock,Co.Dublin we offer a one year, QQI Level 5 Games Design & Development course.

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. You will 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.  

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 (Unity)
  • Imaging Processing - (3D Photoshop)
  • Computer 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Object Oriented Programming (C#)
  • Responsive Web Design (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
  • Design, build and program games
  • Create assets for use on multiple platforms
  • Create a basic 3D game
  • Animate basic 3D Models
  • 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

BFEI gave me the confidence and attitude needed for success. Being surrounded by like-minded people, down-to-earth Lecturers and an accepting environment made me feel like I knew what to do. With great modules, it set me up for many fields of work even outside of the gaming industry, while also strengthening my skills and knowledge in creating games. The C# Programming, 3D Modelling and Game’s Analysis classes were extremely helpful to me, especially now being in TU Dublin’s Games Design degree course.

- Jason Quinn, Games Design & Development Graduate, 2019 -

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



If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BA in Games Design Technological University Dublin [City] -

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development Institute of Technology Carlow -

BSc (Hons) Games Art & Design Limerick Institute of Technology – Clonmel

BSc (Hons) Computing in Games Development Institute of Technology Dundalk –

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers


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Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.


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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