Game Design / Dearadh Cluichí

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Game Design

2021 CAO Points 414

Leaving Cert

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Additional Requirements/Information: A personal laptop of sufficient specifications for game development is highly recommended. In general, most mid-high end gaming laptops should suffice for development. VR/AR development may require higher spec machines.


Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at


If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.


This four-year course focuses on the creation and study of games. It covers the design of games, including mobile, console, PC, board, card, serious and experimental games.

Topics include in-depth analysis of games, practical hands-on development experience and theoretical game studies. Along the way, you’ll also learn important skills in programming, digital media creation, problem-solving, usability, project management, production and teamwork.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, theories and models about the study of game design and how they can be applied to both entertainment and non-entertainment uses. You’ll gain a strong understanding of game programming, production, asset design and mechanics.

You’ll be able to analyse and determine multiple approaches to game design, mechanics, controls and the context within which they’re used. You’ll use advanced skills from specialist areas to achieve goals, including the design and implementation of complex game systems, documentation of the design process and testing and deployment of the resulting games.

You’ll also be able to apply game design techniques to solve real-world problems.

During the course, you’ll also make and release to the public at least ten games and design hundreds more, from board games to mobile and desktop games.

  • Animator
  • Audio and Video Programmer
  • Audio Designer
  • Audio Tester
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur/Business Set-up
  • Game Artist
  • Game Designer
  • Game Manager
  • Game Programmer
  • Game Researcher
  • Game Software Development
  • Game Tester
  • Games Analyst
  • Games Quality Assurance
  • Level Designer
  • Localisation Manager
  • Media Content Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Realtime Visualisation Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • Unity Game Developer
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Developer
  • 3D Modeller


Graduate employers:

  • DIGIT Gaming 
  • Dreamfeel 
  • Larian Studios 
  • Rare 
  • Romero Games



  • Creative Practice
  • Game Character Design
  • Game Production
  • Ludology
  • Design Practice
  • Game Programming
  • Game Tools 1




  • Games and Society, Culture and Context
  • Game Production
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Game Mechanics
  • Game Production
  • Game Tools 2
  • Media Ethics
  • Production Studio


  • Gamification
  • Media Theory 
  • Dissertation preparation
  • Prototyping Studio



  • Erasmus
  • Game Art Practice
  • Game Asset Design
  • Game Engines
  • Work Placement



  • Dissertation



  • Game Audio 
  • Narative Design



TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Peter Lynch