Video Game Design

The new Higher Diploma in Video Game Design is an exciting and innovative multi-disciplinary programme aimed at assisting those looking to access employment opportunities in the Video Game industry. Gaming is one of the largest industries in the world and provides varied opportunities for those with both creative and technical expertise to design and build the games of the future.

Teaching and learning will be through lectures, practical lab sessions, and directed reading as required for the different subjects. Module delivery is not just a scheduled series of topics, but rather balanced to meet the needs and progression rates of the students. The course places a balance between learning the fundamentals of the subject, and applying them in practice.

Typically module material is also made available through eLearning tools (primarily Moodle) allowing students to revise at their own pace. Additional tutorials are used, where required, to assist students who may have problems with particular aspects of a module.

Subjects taught

Semester 1 – Compulsory
CS444 Introduction To Video Game Design
CS620C Structured Programming

Semester 1
CS322 Music Programming 2
CS401 Machine Learning & Neural Networks
CS404 Artificial Intelligence & Language Processing
MU611 A Software Sound Synthesis

Semester 2 - Compulsory
CS445 Advanced Video Game Design

Semester 2
CS280 Introduction To User Experience (Ux), User Interface (Ui) And Interaction Design
CS423 Designing For Virtual Environments
CS426 Computer Graphics
MD630 Creative Interactive Computing

Year-Long - Compulsory
CS451 Diploma Project
Workplace Preparation For Human-Computer Interaction (Hci) And User Experience (Ux)

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Video Game Design are required to have completed a minimum of a three-year Level 8 degree in any subject, including Computing.

There is also the potential to enter this programme through recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL).
Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non- EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850.

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2024


1 year full-time.

Post Course Info

The programme was designed with industry partners expertise and engagement, it offers an exciting opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and practical experience necessary to work in the rapidly growing Gaming Industry here in Ireland.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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