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Diploma of Game Design and Development

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Diploma of Game Design and Development

What is a Diploma of Game Design and Development?

A Diploma of Game Design and Development introduces the full spectrum of game art and design, from visual design fundamentals to illustration, game design conception and introductory development processes. Upon completion, you’ll possess the necessary technical skills and exposure to industry to work as an entry-level Game Developer or continue studies at a bachelor level.
This course introduces the full spectrum of game art and design, from visual design fundamentals to game design conception and introductory game development processes. You will be exposed to the technical tools and 3D construction techniques that are integral to the field. This diploma develops the necessary technical skills and exposure to game development processes to begin working in game development, or provide a clear pathway for further study.

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop your individual artistic style and technical skills.
  • Learn the art of building stories with other people.
  • Work with industry-standard tools, software and 3D construction techniques.
  • Gain a practical grounding in the real-world game development industry.
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Adobe affiliation benefits

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

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 PlayStation® First Academic Development Partner

Develop games using the PlayStation® 5 Platform with exclusive access to Professional Development Kits and Tools.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
1 year full time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd

*For more details on international student study options.

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Master industry-standard software
Learn the tools and game development processes used by leading studios.

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Start making games from day one
Collaborate with other designers, artists and programmers to bring your game concepts to life.

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Gain course credit
Take your relevant credits with you into a bachelor’s course.
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Career opportunities

On successfully completing this qualification, you will have specific skills, knowledge and experiences to pursue employment in the game development industry in a variety of entry-level roles or develop your own entrepreneurial projects. You’ll also have the necessary foundation to pursue further study in related design and technology undergraduate degrees.

Potential career paths

  • Character Artist
    Average salary: $79,000 - $138,000
  • Game Designer
    Average salary: $78,000 - $145,000
  • Environment Designer
    Average salary: $53,000 - $85,000
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As I wanted a career in the games industry, education was very important to me. I found that the lecturers were incredibly passionate about their work and what they do.
Kellie Lautier
Graduate, Bachelor of Game Design and Development

Subjects and units

This course comprises of six core subjects and two elective subjects.

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Electives

Requirements

Complete six core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select two electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • 2D Asset Creation | ACR101
  • Game Design Principles | GDP102
  • Design Context | DCX101
  • 3D Asset Creation | ACR103
  • Design Studio 1 | DSO102
  • Game Production Foundation | GPF104

Requirements

Choose two electives.

Elective subjects

  • Animation Principles | ANP100
  • Beyond the Creative Industries | BCI100
  • Visual Language of Design | DGDVL100
  • Introduction to Programming | ITP122
  • Motion Design | DIG104A
  • Interaction Design | DIG103A
  • Design Studio 2 | DSO103
  • 2D Game Programming | GPR103

Technology

Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.
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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

OR Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification

OR Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent and
Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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