Ballyfermot is closer to the city centre than somewhere like Tallaght in the west, Dun Laoghaire in the south. Its practically on the luas line. The course covers every aspect of games design & development excluding perhaps localisation. I would not recommend it to an aspiring programmer unless that person already had studied programming, or intended to continue to another course after their 2 years in Ballyfermot.
I would recommend it over a computer animation course. I am not an artist (at least I wouldn’t consider myself one) but it little things like polycounts don’t seem to be addressed as much as they need to be (in an animation course) for videogames.
So yeah artist/designer/possible producer I think my course would work for you.
This year’s graduates will be the 2nd group to finish, last years rep. of Ireland team for Dare to be digital came from this course (with a programmer from elsewhere, sorry don’t know that detail) and few of the graduates have gone on to Carlow and other places for further education with the area