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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Games Design (Multimedia Production)

PLSS Code 413729 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This course offers the learner the opportunity to explore and develop skills in many aspects of Games Design, with particular emphasis on graphics. It provides a solid foundation for further studies in the fields of creative design and computer design. This course blends 3D Computer Modelling, Game Making and Coding to give the learner a unique skillset to enter the Gaming / Computing industry.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. We will also accept samples of the applicant’s work in the entry requirements.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Personal Effectiveness (5N1390) QQI
  • Personal Professional Development (5N2985) QQI
  • Multimedia Authoring (5N1299) QQI
  • Multimedia Project Development (5N1300) QQI
  • Computer 3D Modelling and Animation (5N1603) QQI
  • Games Analysis Design (5N1651) QQI
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (5N1929) QQI
  • Web Authoring (5N1910) QQI

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Multimedia Production 5M2146 NFQ Level 5

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Graduates have secured places in universities such as TU Dublin, Maynooth, DCU and NCAD.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

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   Routes for this Course


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Hayden Guy - Past Games Development Student

My name is Hayden Guy I'm a 24 year old Multimedia student studying in DCU and I took the Games Design & Development programme in Colaiste Ide.

This programme served as a stepping stone for me as it allowed me to pursue a level 8 university course once finished.

Studying modules such as Java coding, video editing, web and digital design, gave me a distinct advantage going into my further studies as I had a strong understanding of the core fundamentals of what I am now studying. While others in my course often seemed to struggle to pick up new skills and software, I was able to share the knowledge I had learned from taking the games design program and assist them in any way I could.

I am extremely happy with the time I spent studying in Colaiste Ide. For me learning by doing something is more important than being told how to do something and this course allowed me to study in a way suited to my style of learning. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking to get a start in this field.

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Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board