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Higher Certificate in Game Development (full time)

Duration: 2 Years Full Time
September - June
Dublin & Galway


With the continued growth of the games industry in Ireland, Pulse College has partnered with DIT to deliver an innovative 2-Year Higher Certificate in Game Development.

If you have a passion for games, creative flair and technical aptitude, Pulse College can equip you with the professional skills required to enter this innovative, rapidly-growing industry.

Taught by practicing industry professionals, Pulse College ensure’s that you receive the very highest levels of training. A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you to get into the exciting and rapidly developing games industry.

Studying at Pulse College will introduce you to valuable professional workflows and teach
you everything from the basics of games development through to visualisation, creative thinking, digital modelling and full 3D games programming.


Course Content

This course covers a wide range of topics from game production techniques to concept art, character design, 3D animation, game audio and programming, and a key part of the course involves you producing a portfolio of work that will help you to get into the exciting and rapidly developing games industry.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • Dynamics of modern 3D games by looking at what goes on ‘under the hood’
  • Concept art
  • Construction of complex scenes
  • Development of 3D game levels
  • Production of realistic environments for first, and third, person games
  • Camera and lighting techniques, audio design for interactive media, texturing and special effects all play a part in this immersive games development course

Whether you want to be a games designer, storyboard artist, concept artist, 3D modeller or animator, kickstart your games development career with Pulse College0.
Pulse College Full Times Games Development

Detailed Course Content

Game Design

  • Developing and prototyping game concepts for a variety of platforms and player types.
  • Analysis and deconstruction of popular games to gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of games.
  • User testing and feedback for games.

Game Development

  • Using game scripting to create gameplay scenarios.
  • Developing games using C# and the Unity 3D game engine.
  • Integrating 2D and 3D art in games.

Narrative Design

  • Understanding the importance of narrative in games.
  • Creating realistic characters and worlds through the use of interactive narrative.

2D Game Art

  • Working with preliminary designs and ideas, determining the overall look of the world in which a game takes place using sketches and colour schemes and creating atmosphere.
  • How and when to use reference images.

3D Modelling

  • Creating game assets in 3D Studio Max.
  • Texturing and animating 3D models for use in games.
  • High polygon 3D workflows for games.

Game Audio

  • Assessing game audio requirements.
  • Studio and location recording techniques.
  • Game audio development workflows.
  • Non-linear audio for games.

Game Production

  • Teamwork and management for the games industry.
  • Business fundamentals for game companies.
  • Regular talks from game industry professionals.


This course is developed around the IGDA curriculum framework.

Project and practical time is held Mon-Fri and equates to 20 hours per week.

Further Progression

The skills gained through this course will allow you to move into a variety of careers within the games industries, as well as to progress to further study. At the end of the programme, you will have built up an extensive portfolio demonstrating expert technical, artistic and professional abilities, giving you the cutting edge needed to gain employment in this exciting and varied industry.

Academic Progression

BSc in computer game development (level 7&8), DIT Aungier Street

Career Progression

Career paths open to graduated include:

  • Game Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Game Programmer
  • Game Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • PreVis Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • Lead Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Animator
  • Environment Artist
  • 3D Modeller
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Sound Designer
  • Producer


The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to this Higher Certificate programme is five passes in the Leaving Certificate including Mathematics and either Irish or English. Or alternatively a FETAC Level 5 qualification. Applicant subject to interview.

We expect all applicants to have a proven interest in games design and development, and an interest in related creative media arts. Knowledge of the basic use of computers (either Mac or PC) and design software will be helpful, but not essential before starting the course. A willingness to explore new ideas is important alongside a positive attitude towards this creative field of study.

If you do not have the minimum Leaving Certificate requirements, please contact us as we can talk to you about other routes you can take to enrol on the course.

Admissions Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 GMT

Additional Criteria

Applications from those (including visiting students) whose first language is not English should include an original or certified true copy of one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
  • Computer based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
  • Internet based 90 with a written score of 21.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
  • Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
  • IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6

Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies.


Total Cost: €6,770 per year (2 years in duration)

Deposit: €1,800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €2,500 (payable in September)
Installments: 4 payments of €550 (Oct – Jan)

Exam Fee: €270 (payable in February)


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