Originally called the LUDO course at Ballyfermot Senior College, this course pre-empted the demand for third level training in computer-games design and development.

The course, which has a duration of one year, covers the basics of C++ programming, 3D modelling (3Dmax) and animation and analysis and design of games. Also covered is the History and development of the Games Industry, Digital Audio Production (Soundscape and Soundforge), Computer Architecture Systems.

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.

We spoke to Diarmuid O’Brien, from Ballyfermot Senior 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.

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.

Course Content:

History and development of the Games Industry, 3D Computer Animation and Modelling (3Dmax), Games Analysis and Design, Digital Audio Production (Soundscape and Soundforge), Computer Graphics and Computer Programming, Computer Architecture Systems, Design, Communications.

Entry Requirements:
Five passes in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC level 4 Certificate. Good computer literacy and a knowledge of computer games styles.

FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Information Technology (CITXX). See http://www.nfq.ie

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC National Higher Diploma courses in Multimedia and in Computer Games Development in BCFE.

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Graduates are eligible to apply to progress to Higher Education Courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme and through the Pilot Scheme.

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

Course: Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Development (FETAC level 5 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.

More information: http://applications.bcfe.ie/course-DLO-Computer_Games_And_Interactive_Entertainment_Developement.html

Contact: Main Office: 01 626 9421 or info@bcfe.cdvec.ie