BA (Hons) in Creative Technologies and Digital Art

Overview

Faculty: Games
Duration: 3 Years
Delivery: Classroom
Level: QQI Level 8
Start Date: September 2022
Course Director: Dr Ronan Mulhaire
Fees: Please Refer to ‘Fees’ Section Below
Certification: BA (Hons.) Degree

COURSE CONTENT

Play video games ? Like to make them for a living?

This innovative and exciting three-year programme is designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in the games development industry. You’ll cover programming, narrative writing, 2D and 3D animation; UI design and much more.

  • Use industry-standard hardware and software and emerge with a portfolio of work to showcase to future employers.
  • Study in our bespoke Halston street studio – designed to capture the feel of a professional games development and animation studio.
  • Taught by working industry professionals –  lecturers employed by Pulse College have worked on games like Red Dead Redemption II, Hitman II, Borderlands, and Star Trek: Fleet Command.

Our graduates have found work for Irish game and animation studios like Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media, Black Shamrock, Jam Media, Frantic Fun Games, Dimension 88 and Studio Meala, and have worked on popular television series like Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett. 

Year One
Year One
  • Introduction to Programming
  • 2D Art, Design & Animation
  • 3D Modelling for Games
  • Game Theory
  • Programming for Games
  • Game Design & Architecture
  • Visual Media
  • Research Methods
  • UI Design & Implementation
Year Two
Year Two
  • Procedural Programming & Generation
  • Introduction to Gaming Mathematics
  • Shaders & Technical Art
  • Introduction to Audio
  • Games Algorithms & Data Structure
  • 3D Animation & Environment for Games
  • Level Design & Interactions
  • Narrative for Games
  • Art & Technology: Critical Analysis
Year Three
Year Three
  • XR Technologies
  • Interactive Design Portfolio
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Final Project

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TUTOR

Course Director: Dr Ronan Mulhaire

Ronan holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from NUI Galway, and a BA and PhD in History from Trinity College Dublin. His doctoral research was funded by a three-year Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship. He recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education through University College Cork. Ronan has led the Department of Games and Animation in programme design and curricula development at undergraduate level. He has presented his research at conferences in both Ireland and the UK, and his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

HOW TO APPLY

Admissions

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview and achieving a minimum of:

2x H5s (H5 = 50 – 60% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject)

and

Minimum of 4x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary Subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject).

To include a minimum O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics and either Irish or English.

Or: To achieve a minimum of 3 distinctions and the full award in a FETAC Level 5/6 or HETAC Level 7 in Animation/Art / Media.

Or: a Minimum of 2 Grade C A Levels as well as 4 subjects from either A levels (Grades A-E) or GCSE (Grades A,B or C). Or NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar

General Course Requirements
  • A proven interest in Multimedia and/or Game Design techniques and to display some interest in related creative media arts
  • Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential
Further Progression

Graduates will be able to find employment in a diverse range of fields, including the video-game industry, animation, the aviation industry (aircraft design and flight simulation), architecture, the film industry, and in the field of medical training. Others may wish to continue further education within an academic environment (e.g. NFQ level 9)

Educational Requirements

Irish Citizens under 23 years of age

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview and achieving a minimum of:2x H5s (H5 = 50 – 60% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject) and Minimum of 4x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary Subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject).
To include a minimum O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics and either Irish or English.Or:To achieve a minimum of 3 distinctions and the full award in a FETAC Level 5/6 or HETAC Level 7 in Music/Media.Or:a Minimum of 2 Grade C A Levels as well as 4 subjects from either A levels (Grades A-E) or GCSE (Grades A,B or C). Or NVQ Level 3 in Music/Media or similar

Irish mature student over 23 years of age

Students over the age of 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of the course is classified as a Mature Student.Mature applicants are advised to apply directly through the college using the ‘Apply now’ button below. Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview. Applicants will be asked for a detailed CV. Applications should be made before the 31st August the year of the course.

International Student living abroad or in Ireland

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course interview. International Students below the age of 23 years of age will be required to submit High School Diploma Scripts and any additional Education Certifications.For applications whose first language is not English you will be asked for 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.

Note: 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. While the College does not offer an English language preparatory course, you will find this information from the Department of Education and Science’s official listing of recognised language schools.

Interview Process

Interview Process

This course requires an interview as part of your applications. Please see the FAQ’s below for commonly asked questions regarding the interview process.

Where do the interviews take place?

The interviews are held in:
‘The Market Studios’
Corner of Halston St. & Mary’s Lane
Dublin 7, Ireland

How long will the interview be?

The interview will be approximately 1 hour long.

What should I bring?

If you could please bring:
– A copy of your C.V. It should also include details of any groups / associations you have been a member of. It should also list your hobbies / interests
– A copy of your passport/drivers licence
– A copy of any previous education transcripts and certificates

How many people will be interviewing me?

The panel typically comprises 2-3 people.

Apart from the minimum requirements, what do they generally look for in a candidate?

Successful candidates have a strong, proven interest in this area. They are passionate about games and are prepared to work very hard towards their goals.

“The caliber of the teachers were first class in terms of instruction and information. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a lot!”
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FEES

Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

Study Mode: Full-Time
Location: Dublin
Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 8,950*

2% PFL Charge of €179 included in Total Fee Per Year

Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €3,500 (payable by September)
Instalments: 4 monthly payments of €1,162.50 (Oct – Jan)

Year 2 Course Fees: €8,950

Year 3 Course Fees: €8,950

2% PFL Charge of €189 included in Total Fee Per Year. Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above for International & EU (living outside of Ireland Students).

International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

Course fees are paid directly to the International Office of our partner college: Griffith College.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Location: Dublin

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EU Living Abroad: EUR 9,639*

*The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only. 2% PFL Charge of €189 included in Total Fee Per Year. Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above for International & EU (living outside of Ireland Students).

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