Games & Apps Development

If you are interested in exciting careers in the world of gaming or the app design industry, then this is the course for you!

The course covers the practical software development, programming and design that underpins the development of computer games and apps, and how the industry works. The course includes developing apps on mobile and other devices. You will participate in both theoretical and practical teaching sessions to develop your skills and understanding.

You will prepare a portfolio of work that will support your career ambitions, and your progression to Higher Education study in this field, or to careers in the world of Games design.

What Makes This Course Special

  • ‘Hands-on’ software development experience
  • Learn with expert staff
  • Apply ICT theory to practical tasks
  • Build your own portfolio of work
  • Visits and trips
  • Step-up to HE direct from this course

Course Content

  • Games Analysis Design
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Maths for IT
  • Software Architecture
  • Web Authoring
  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Apps Developer
  • Games Programmer
  • Games Designer
  • IT Technician
  • IT Sales and Service
  • Software Developer
  • Software Expert
  • Website Developer


I studied Games and Apps development at Carlow Institute, and it was very interesting to see how a lot of the software we use is developed and how it is made. Since completing, I’ve progressed to study Creative Computing at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. The course at Carlow Institute allowed me to be able to manage and quickly adapt to the modules and projects I am currently doing in Dún Laoghaire.


Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development 5M0529


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415423

Coordinator: Seamus Kelly

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.