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Code
WD164
Delivery
Fulltime
Level
8
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
1 year
Credits
60 ECTS
Next Intake
September 2021
Application Status
Open
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What is the BSc (Hons) in Entertainments Systems?

The BSc (Hons) in Entertainment Systems is a four year honours degree course. It is the study of content generation for digital multimedia systems, its motivations, qualities and technical frameworks and the presentation of computer-based content to mass audiences in a clear and cohesive manner.

The course on offer has two thematic streams:

  • Audio Technology
  • Game Development

In Semester 3, students choose either the Audio Technology or Game Development stream, having experienced introductory modules for both in Semesters 1 & 2.

Games: The student will learn to understand the games development process, games design theory, 2D and 3D games creation and how to exploit the potential of a range of games consoles.

Audio: The student will learn about acoustics, psychoacoustics, music theory, audio creation and editing tools, production techniques and multimedia software development.

Flexible Semester

Students take part in a (paid) work placement in semester 6. This placement takes place in a software house or the IT department of a large company or industry. Companies such as IBM and Microsoft have a long association with the placement of our students. Students have found this an invaluable experience.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Computer Systems 1Applied Calculus
Discrete MathematicsComputer Systems 2
Physics 1Physics 2
Programming Fundamentals 1Programming Fundamentals 2
The Computer IndustryWeb App Development 1
Website DevelopmentChoose one of the following electives:
*2D Game Development
*Introduction to Media Development
* = elective module
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Computer NetworksApplied Cryptography
Data Structures and Algorithms Data Structures and Algorithms 2
Mathematical MethodsSoftware Engineering Practice
Relational DatabasesStatistics and Probability
Choose three of the following electives:Choose three of the following electives:
*Audio Visual 1*3D Game Assets
*Introduction to Game Design *Audio Visual 2
*Narrative Construction *Introduction to 3D Game Development
*Professional Communications*User Experience Design
* = elective module* = elective module
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Developer OperationsEach student must choose one of the following:
NoSQL Databases*Industrial Placement
Professional Practice*Professional Certification
Web App Development 2*Study Abroad
Each student must take 2 subjects from chosen stream*Voluntary Organisation Project
*Game Development - Introduction to C++ for Games and Game Development Practicum
*Media Development Stream - Digital Media Programming and Content Production
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Data Mining 1Functional Programming
Distributed SystemsData Mining 2
Mobile App Development 1Each student must take 2 subjects from chosen stream
*Sequencing Tools *Game Development Stream - Advanced 3D Game Development and one from Advanced Graphics for Games, Artificial Intelligence for Games, Mobile App Development 2, Computing Ethics, Management Psychology, Artificial Intelligence or Formal Specification
*Music Perception & Psychology
*Mathematics for Game Developers *Media Development Stream - Emerging Media Technologies and one from Mobile App Development 2, Computing Ethics, Management Psychology, Digital Photography, Artificial Intelligence or Formal Specification.
*Game Engine Development 1
*3D Graphics Applications Each student must take the Project 2 elective which follows on from their semester one choice
*Game Development 2
*Live Performance Technology
*Console Game Development 2
*Live Performance Technology
* = elective module

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

  • Advanced Entry - Years 2,3,4 or 5
  • Non-EU Applicants
  • QQI FET/FETAC Entry
  • QQI FET Progression Entry Route
  • Mature Entry Route

Employment prospects in computing are extremely healthy at the moment, with demand for skilled graduates exceeding supply. Graduates of this course will have the skills necessary to follow opportunities that present themselves in this growing industry as well as having the freedom to choose their own career path.

Follow on Study

MSc in Computing (Enterprise Software Systems)

MSc in Computing (Information Systems Processes)

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Robert O Connor
Mr. Robert O Connor
Lecturer
Tel: 51302073 [email protected]

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