• » Bachelor of Science in Computing With Computer Games Development

     Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing With Computer Games Development
     CAO Code  LY707
     LYIT internal code   LY_KGAME_D
     Duration  3 Years ab initio with the option to do a 1 year add-on honours degree
     Standard Code Places:  48
     National Framework Level  7
     Award Type  Major
     Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Do you play computer games? Ever thought about creating your own? This course has been developed with the help of computer game companies. It covers key skills, methods and techniques used in the development of computer games. Our aim is to provide tomorrows game developers for this growing sector of the Irish economy.
    The global computer games industry is an area with enormous potential for development. Worldwide, the value of the computer games industry is in excess of €85 billion. Although the Computer Games industry in Ireland is still quite young it is growing fast and the Irish Government has targeted this area for particular growth in the future. In response to this growth area Letterkenny Institute of Technology has developed a B.Sc. in Computing in Computer Games Development.

    In response to this growth area Letterkenny Institute of Technology has developed a B.Sc. in Computing in Computer Games Development.

    For a description of a day in the life of a Computer Games Designer see the following YouTube video: Computer game designer. The following article which you may also find interesting appeared in the Irish Times on 4/5/11 Donegal Leaving Cert.

    For a testimonial from a graduate of the course follow this link.

    If you are interested in studying computer games development and you would like to find out more about it you might find the information in the following document useful to help you start: Click: Beginning game development  
    Course Structure
    The B.Sc. is a three year taught programme in computing, which focuses on core computing skills plus topics applicable to the computer games programming/development industry. Its aim is to provide students who participate in it with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in a strong and vibrant computing industry with a particular emphasis on computer games development. In designing this course we have ensured that there is also a strong emphasis on game design, media content and teamwork. In addition graduates from this course are able to do a one-year add-on level-8 Honours BSc in Computer Games Development.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Leaving Cert Entry Requirements
      • 5 subjects at O6/H7 grades
      • ENG/IRS at O6/H7
      • Math at F2/O6/H7
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click Part-time Study
    What will I have to study?
    No of credits
     1/1  Computer Architecture and Operating Systems I Mandatory  5
     Mathematics for Computing 1 Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Programming Mandatory  10
     Personal and Professional Development   Mandatory  5
     Web Fundamentals Mandatory  5
     1/2  Computer Architecture and Operating Systems 2 Mandatory  5
     Mathematics for Computer Games Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10
     Introduction to Computer Games Mandatory  10
     2/3  Relational Databases Mandatory  5
     Network Fundamentals Mandatory  5
     Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10
     Introduction to Games Engines Mandatory  5
     Game Design Workshop Narrative and Story Mandatory  5
     2/4  API Programming Mandatory  5
     Algorithms and Data Structures Mandatory  5
     SQL Programming Mandatory  5
     2D Game Environments Mandatory  10
     Game Design Workshop Board Games Mandatory  5
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  5
     Academic and Technical Writing Skills Mandatory  5
     3D Game Environments Mandatory  10
     3D Modelling for Games Mandatory  5
     3/6  Secure Programming (Algorithms and Data Structures for 2017-18) Mandatory  5
     Project Management Mandatory  5
     Data Analytics Mandatory  5
     Team Project Mandatory  5
     3D Maths & Physics for Games Mandatory  5
     3D Texturing & Animation for Games Mandatory  5
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is available to a one year Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Computer Games Development internally at LYIT. See: course details page.
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their Honours Degree at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. ‘Bologna Masters’) degree programmes.
    Career opportunities
    The computer game industry is seriously big business these days. The business has now overtaken the DVD industry, and is worth around $65bn (€48bn). It is expected to pass $73bn within the next two years. Some 6.5 million copies of 'Modern Warfare 3' were sold on the first day of sale in the UK and United States. The games sector in Ireland is here in force. ActivisionBlizzard, which created the Modern Warfare series, employs some 600 people in Cork. A division of EA Games, which runs such blue chip franchises as 'FIFA Football' and the 'Medal of Honor' series, has 200 staff in Galway. That is on top of a legion of smaller firms which are involved in the industry as well. Employment in the games sector has increased more than five-fold since 2004, to the point that close to 2,000 people now work in the sector, and that excludes support services such as animation and e-learning. The IDA expects the industry here to add 50pc over the next two years. A report by government think tank Forfas last month said the growth in gaming produced numerous opportunities for growth in Ireland, especially given changes in the sector overall. The main opportunity areas for the development and growth of the games sector in Ireland, says Forfas, are creative game development and servicing, as well as what it calls software solutions and online publishing. Creating the game -- coming up with the idea in the first place and making it a reality that is user friendly and challenging -- is the challenge for all game developers. Just like the wider technology sector, Ireland has been successful by creating a hub of excellence by attracting the likes of Google in 2003 and then other firms like Facebook and LinkedIn followed once they saw there was a supply of suitable employees available locally.

    And for an idea of what computing might look like in the future see the following video by Microsoft on YouTube: Microsoft Future of Computing or see Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 You can be part of it.
    For a report on employment and salaries in the IT industry in 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT
    For some videos you might find interesting see Ireland is becoming the Internet Capital of Europe and Gaming in Ireland.
    For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For information on the projected growth of the Irish Games sector see: The Games Sector in Ireland: An Action Plan for Growth.
    Finally, for a recent article which appeared in the Irish Independent see: Game: college courses that virtually guarantee you will get a job.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    Some of the things Games Development students are involved in at LYIT
    World leaders in Computer Gaming work with LYIT with assistance from Fulbright
    World famous computer games gurus, Brenda and John Romero were at Letterkenny IT for three days in September 2014, on a visit funded by a Fulbright award. Brenda Romero is considered to be one of the most influential women in the computer games industry, having entered it in 1981, at the age of 15.  She is an award-winning game designer, artist, writer who has worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts, as well as numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is also the "Game Designer in Residence" at the University of California, Santa Cruz. John is the founder of id software and is the designer of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, Doom and Quake. John is credited with the creation of the first-person shooter games genre. His game designs and development tools, along with new programming techniques led to a mass popularization of the first person shooter, or FPS. ly707_img1 ‌
    LYIT Students going to Game Developers Conference in California March 2nd to 6th 2015
    Following on from our participation in the Fulbright program the Department of Computing and the Development Office in LYIT are pleased to be able to offer two outstanding students from 1st to 4th year of the Games Development Degree’s the opportunity to attend the Games Developers Conference (GDC) in California in 2015.  The GDC attracts over 23,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. http://www.gdconf.com/ ly707_img2
    LYIT Students participating in Mass Digi May 20 to August 8 2015
    LYIT are delighted to be invited to send a team of students from the Games Development Degree’s to participate in the world famous 2015 Mass Digi games competition in Becker College outside Boston.  The MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP) is an eleven-week internship program that includes the mentoring, guidance, housing, stipends and game development tools to help student teams finalize an original video game and prepare it for launch. This is not just another internship but a chance to hold the fate of a game in your hands.  There are mentors and faculty to help you – but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game. http://www.massdigi.org/programs-services/summer-innovation-program/
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304