The LUDO course at Ballyfermot College of Further Education pre-empted the demand for third level training in computer-games design and development.

LUDO was initially intended for those who would like to enter the industry from leaving certificate but who failed to achieve the standards at second level demanded of other relevant third level courses. However, increased demand and the growing complexity of games development has required that entry requirements be increased.

The course, which has a duration of one year, covers the basics of C++ programming, 3D modelling and animation and analysis and design of games. There is a final project requirement, which takes the form of a partially implemented example of a game concept and design presented as a kind of “pitch” for an idea. There are no options during the course. On successful completion students receive the FETAC Level 2 Award in Information Technology.

We spoke to Diarmuid O’Brien, the vice principal of Ballyfermot College and he underlined that the course is intended as a solid foundation for anyone with the intention of working in games development. The course, he said, introduces the techniques and concepts behind audio, video and programming with application to interactive entertainment solely in mind.

In 2002 the intake was expanded and the course now takes in 40 students each year. Entry to the course is based on a basic leaving certificate or equivalent, an interview and a portfolio. The portfolio can include animations, artwork, multimedia – it is important that candidates display, above all, an interest and enthusiasm for games development.

Location:Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10.

Course: LUDO – Training in Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Development (FETAC level 2 Award in Information Technology)

Duration: 1 Year

Course Strengths:
3D, Audio and C++ programming.

Course Weaknesses:
The course is short and provides only a foundation in computer games design.

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