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Games Design / Dearadh Cluichí


What is... Games Design?

The BA in Game Design will focus exclusively on the art & science of creating innovative games. Our philosophy is based around the belief that the 21st century will be the 'century of the game' like the 20th century was the 'century of the TV'. We will be focusing on designing, building and deploying games across multiple platforms not just for entertainment but for business, education, health and science. Students will learn how to design games for change because games are everywhere!

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates from this programme can expect to follow a number of career paths. Many will want to innovate in the games industry, release their own games and setup a studio. Our business modules in 4th year facilitate that. Others will be very employable within the existing games industry as game designers, programmers and testers. As games are prolific in areas like education and marketing, graduates could gain employment in these industries as game designers. 

What other options do I have after completion?

Students from this programme can progress to further education either as a researcher undergoing a PhD in games or into our very successful MSc in Creative Digital Media where we have an advanced games option.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, theories and models pertaining to the study of game design and the manner in which they can be applied to both entertainment and non-entertainment uses. They will have a good understanding of game programming, production, audio design and testing. They will have an ability to analyse and determine the appropriate approach to game design, mechanics, controls and the context within which they are used. They will employ advanced skills from specialist areas to achieve goals, including the design and implementation of complex game systems, the documentation of the design process and the testing and deployment of the resulting system. They will have an ability to apply game design techniques to solving real world problems. Students will make and release to the public at least 10 games and design hundreds more throughout the course of the programme from board games to mobile games to desktop games will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or service learning and civic engagement. 

Module Listing

  • Ludology and Game Play
  • Game Design 
  • World Building through Role Playing Games
  • World Building through Audio
  • Game Production
  • Game Tools
  • Mechanics Design
  • Digital Media Tools
  • User Interface Design
  • Gamification & Games For change
  • Games Usability
  • Game Programming
  • Prototyping Studio
  • Game Artificial Intelligence 

Are there study abroad options?

The School of media has many Erasmus connections within Europe and over the next few years we will be developing more opportunities for student exchanges to compatible games programmes. 

Further Information

School of Media  

T: 01 402 3269 (John Healy)