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Games – Advanced Production & Design Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code DGH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design)

* The Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6

On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.

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2-year Advanced Production & Design Games HND covering game design, 3d modeling, game programming, Unity, interactive games, industry-standard tools

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Our Advanced Games Production and Design course will provide you with the skills required to turn pen and paper game designs into fully-functional interactive products, using industry-standard tools, theory, and techniques. Use cutting-edge technology bring your ideas to life, then test them out online with the gaming community.

Many of our graduates have gained employment in world-class companies, while others have established companies of their own. This course is also a pathway to the BA (Hons) in Visual Media (Games Design Stream).

Course Content

Year 1

  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • Game Design
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Audio Practices
  • Principles of Animation
  • Individual Project

Year 2

  • Advanced Game Development Studies
  • Advanced Animation
  • Narrative Scripting for Games
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Environment and Level Design
  • Collaborative Project

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile. Suitable BCFE QQI Level 5 courses include:
  • The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+)

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for the Games – Advanced Production and Design Diploma Course should bring to the interview an original portfolio of your best work completed within the past year. Portfolios are acceptable in a range of media, such as:

  • Game Design Preferably display your work running in an executable file from a game engine such as Unity3D or Unreal.
  • Artwork A printed or on-screen portfolio of artwork, showing up to your ten best pieces. Digital or hand-made pieces are equally acceptable
  • Web or App Design Any published websites or apps you may have made. Wireframe prototypes are also acceptable


Students' Work

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