Qualification : HIGHER DIPLOMA

Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHG74

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2024

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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.

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:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

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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.

Assessment is handled in a similar manner, with most modules having a combination of practical assessment during the delivery of the module, and an examination at the end of the semester. 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.

Course Duration: 1 year full-time

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.

Online application only

There are two online application routes for this programme:

via Springboard: To check your eligibility for free or significantly reduced fees via Springboard entry, please visit To apply via Springboard, register here.

via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC):
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The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Please only apply via one entry route, Springboard or PAC.

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