• Code: MG
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Digital Media Production (6M20496) 
  • Duration: One Year


The Games Development course is designed to encourage the development of key games development skills especially in the areas of games software programming, design, graphics and project management. Learners will learn how to use and implement popular game engines like Unity 3D in the creation of their own games software titles while studying core development languages. Additionally, learners will create graphics, animations, sound and look at their implementation possibilities for modern technologies such as the web, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Learners will get hands on experience of exciting technologies such as motion capture, AR and VR. Successful learners will have an extensive knowledge of games software development as well as an extensive portfolio of work including individual games.

Programme of Study
  • Computer Illustration Graphics
  • Interactive Scripting
  • Multimedia Sound
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Project Management
  • Web Authoring
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Mathematics for IT
  • Multimedia Authoring

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (with at least an O6 in Maths)  or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Full QQI Level 5 Award
  • Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Career Opportunities
  • Game development roles - Programmer, Artist, Animator, Designer
  • Indie Game Development
  • Software & Web Development
  • Digital Media roles
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:  

  • SETU South East Technological
    University (Carlow Campus):
    BSc in Computer Games Development
  •  Dundalk IT:
    BSc (Hons) in Computing in Games Development (DK820)
    BSc in Augmented and Virtual Reality (DK822)
    BA in Creative Media (DK769)
  • Griffith College:
    Music Production for Games (GC460)
  • Munster Technological University
    (Cork Campus):

    Software Development (MT800)
    Animation, Visual Effects and Motion
    Design (MT811)
  • NCAD Dublin:
    Interactive Design (AD222)
  • TU Dublin (City Campus):
    Creative Digital Media (TU796)
    Creative Industries and Visual Culture (TU978)
    Media Production and Digital Arts (TU982)
Course Co-Ordinator

Kenneth Harte

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

image030"I’m currently enrolled in Game Design at Technological University Dublin. Everything that I have learned at BIFE has been incredible. Going into Game Design at TUD, BIFE has allowed me to be ahead of the curve and provides an excellent baseline to further your life in Game Design. The tutors are best in class and are always willing to help you improve. BIFE has been the best experience within education for me and I highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about getting into game design." - Darragh Lynch

"I had great fun while I was studying at BIFE in the game development course. I have gained greater confidence in myself through the support of the teachers and the class environment. I am currently studying in the 2nd year of the Game Design course at Technological University Dublin. I got into the course through the advanced entry program within the University. BIFE helped me get into the course, as when I went for the interview I was able to show them the progression I made in the quality of the games and art I had built form both courses as well as the website from the level 6 course. Bife helped me reach this stage, by giving me a broad range of skills that I would need going on to further education or out in the job market. Some of the skills I learnt, such as Interactive Scripting has allowed me to have a higher level of coding than any of the other students in the course. Computer Illustration Graphics helped me progress my art to a new level allowing me to design intricate games." - Marcus Gleeson

"I am currently in Dublin Institute of Technology studying a BA Game Design. It is what I have always wanted to do. I didn't get the points in my Leaving Cert to gain direct entry.

So, I looked at my options and decided to go to Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) to study Game Design. I spent two years in BIFE studying Game Design. The two years I spent at BIFE gave me great insight to what the industry is like and it was a great stepping stone to furthering my education. The teachers in BIFE are all approachable and a great help. BIFE has taught me lessons that will help me through the rest of my education and career. " - James Bryan

 "My overall experience of BIFE was great. The classes were very practical and the teachers were very approachable. I was accepted directly into the 4th year of a Computer Science degree in DIT that specialises in Game Development after completing the course at BIFE. Everything that I learnt in BIFE I am putting to use in the degree. The course in BIFE had a big emphasis on industry standard and now I find that to be the case. - Leigh O'Reilly

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