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This topic contains 13 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Vidd 9 years, 6 months ago.

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  • #6504

    Vidd
    Participant

    Hi there.
    I was thinking of going to Queens for either the Computer Game Design and Development or Computer Science courses.

    I applied for the computer games course with a year’s work experience which would be useful but I have no idea where that placement would be and if it would eve be relevant based on the fact that the only companies here seem to do localisation in the south..

    Does anyone here have any experience regarding this?
    It has always been my dream to be part of the computer game industry since the SNES days but unfortunately Ireland doesn’t really seem to be the place for this.

  • #39988

    jediboy
    Participant

    Vidd

    Didn’t realise that QUB was running a games course.

    http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ProspectiveStudents/FindaCourse/ucf/CourseInformation/index.html?id=G500

    I checked the material, and it looks good. Glad to see the focus / entry requirements are looking for Maths and/or Physics. That’s a good sign.

    As for your placement year, there are a few options in Northern Ireland.

    Darryl Collins’ (nothing to Steve as far as I know) Banjax Studios,
    http://www.banjax.com/banjax.html

    Mal Duffin’s CanDoInteractive
    http://www.candointeractive.com/

    are two that i know of, but if you’re looking to get your hands on some devkits i think you’ll have to look further a’field.

    I’m sure the rest of the forum will weigh in with their thoughts.

    Lastly, my experience with placement year is that if you do the leg-work and find a company to host you, the college will go along with it.

    B.

    B.

  • #39998

    Vidd
    Participant

    Thank you for your reply. :)
    Yes, I suppose it is positive that it requires Maths. I’m surprised it doesn’t mention ICT but there you go.

    Thank you for the links. I hope other people can respond too.

  • #40005

    aphra
    Keymaster

    actually I remember hearing this was in development but we don’t have it in our list of courses so we must get onto them and get it added.

    How long has it been running? anyone know?

    actually if you read it there are four stages but it is an MEng – so is that a masters? One year taught and one year’s experience?

    Aphra.

  • #40006

    Bodb Dearg
    Participant

    Hi there.
    I was thinking of going to Queens for either the Computer Game Design and Development or Computer Science courses.

    I applied for the computer games course with a year’s work experience which would be useful but I have no idea where that placement would be and if it would eve be relevant based on the fact that the only companies here seem to do localisation in the south..

    Does anyone here have any experience regarding this?
    It has always been my dream to be part of the computer game industry since the SNES days but unfortunately Ireland doesn’t really seem to be the place for this.[/quote:9e864a532d]

    Had a peek at the content in the game development course while I was working in Queens over the summer- looks pretty good to me. I’d certainly recommend the place anyhow based on what I seen of it.

    I applied for the computer games course with a year’s work experience which would be useful but I have no idea where that placement would be and if it would eve be relevant based on the fact that the only companies here seem to do localisation in the south..[/quote:9e864a532d]

    I wouldn’t worry about that until maybe 6 or so months beforehand. There are definitely a few placement opportunities around here in this country if you keep your ear to the ground, but don’t be afraid to look further afield than that either. Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.

  • #40010

    Ronny
    Participant

    actually I remember hearing this was in development but we don’t have it in our list of courses so we must get onto them and get it added.

    How long has it been running? anyone know?

    actually if you read it there are four stages but it is an MEng – so is that a masters? One year taught and one year’s experience?

    Aphra.[/quote:37c2c57715]
    Aphra,

    I’ll send you the contact details for the person running the course.

    Yep, it’s a Masters degree. The course is in its first year. There’s been talk about establishing an undergrad degree in years to come, but that’s just an idea right now.

    Vidd – I’ve no idea if its any good or not. You’d have to ask one of their students. Being in its first year, I can’t imagine it being brilliant. Teething problems and all that. I’d suggest getting in touch with Queen’s and organise a chat with a lecturer. All I can say is the course organiser is very enthusiastic. He was behind bringing David Perry over last year.

  • #40012

    Vidd
    Participant

    Has it only been running one year? Wow.
    No wonder there’s very little mention of it online. Hopefully if there were any problems last year they will have worked them out.

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:a8ea1410aa]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.

  • #40018

    Bodb Dearg
    Participant

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:4327aa1caa]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.[/quote:4327aa1caa]

    Well don’t give up on it yet, it’s definitely possible! Just be prepared to look abroad as well too is all I’m saying; that’s where the bulk of the opportunities lie. Another thing to remember as well is that the situation here in Ireland is improving on a yearly basis, so by the time you graduate your chances of finding work here may be much greater.

  • #40019

    omen
    Participant

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:3bd9fe92b8]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.[/quote:3bd9fe92b8]
    Is the thought of working abroad really THAT bad???

  • #40020

    peter_b
    Participant

    Another thing to remember as well is that the situation here in Ireland is improving on a yearly basis, so by the time you graduate your chances of finding work here may be much greater.[/quote:843121dcc4]

    I wouldnt grasp onto that fact though.. Abroad will be the reality for the majority.

  • #40022

    Bodb Dearg
    Participant

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:8c360bc67e]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.[/quote:8c360bc67e]
    Is the thought of working abroad really THAT bad???[/quote:8c360bc67e]

    Exactly.. I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but the idea of getting away from here for a while (or even permanently) doesn’t sound all that bad to me ! :P

  • #40025

    Vidd
    Participant

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:9b74a55193]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.[/quote:9b74a55193]
    Is the thought of working abroad really THAT bad???[/quote:9b74a55193]
    Yes! As much as I hate the weather, Ireland is where I’m from and it’s my home!
    All my family are here and I’m really attached to it!

    The furthest I’d move away would have to be within the UK and even then it would be begrudgingly! ;)

  • #40026

    peter_b
    Participant

    Most likely scenario is if you get a job in the industry after graduation, it won’t be in this country.[/quote:bab1cd45ec]
    I really don’t like the sound of that. I’m going to have to really think about this.[/quote:bab1cd45ec]
    Is the thought of working abroad really THAT bad???[/quote:bab1cd45ec]
    Yes! As much as I hate the weather, Ireland is where I’m from and it’s my home!
    All my family are here and I’m really attached to it!

    The furthest I’d move away would have to be within the UK and even then it would be begrudgingly! ;)[/quote:bab1cd45ec]

    Looks like you wont be working in the games industry any time soon then. :P

  • #40027

    Vidd
    Participant

    Looks like you wont be working in the games industry any time soon then. :P[/quote:118677b320]
    I might do Computer Science instead then. :(

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