Hi, I’ve been following this Thread for some time, but haven’t posted.
Any one here from DIT or UCD here??[/quote:aea617857d]
as my que to enter, so to speak.
I graduated from Computer Science in DIT (http://www.comp.dit.ie/dt228/index.html) last June, doing the games programming option in 4th year.
I found the module (which runs for 2 terms) to be a good introduction to games programming (covering the design an implementation of a simple 3D Engine, Game design and theory and Modding of the Far Cry engine)
The course has however changed now, so after a common first 2 years, a student can choose a stream to specialize when starting 3rd year (for more information see http://www.comp.dit.ie/dt228/structure.html)
One of the possible streams in Games Programming, so instead of being an option in 4th year like when I did it, it is now a full stream starting in 3rd year.
Regarding the Computer Science vs Games Programming degree debate, I think it depends on the person. If you are very sure that you want to go into the Games industry maybe a “pure” Games Programming degree would be better, as you would be more specialized. However as noted by previous poster, a Computer Science degree would leave you with far more options after you graduate.