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  • ARB302

Bachelor of Digital Design (Game Design)

In partnership with the University of Canberra
At a glance

At a glance

It's game on for your career with this digital design degree, taking you through all video game and interactive digital media aspects from concept to production. 

JOB PROSPECTS
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Game Artist
  • Level Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Game Designer
  • Game Producer
  • Interactive Designer
COURSE OUTCOME

ARB302 Bachelor of Digital Design (Game Design)

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Course overview

Course overview

It's game on for your career with this digital design degree, taking you through all video game and interactive digital media aspects from concept to production. Delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra, this degree develops specialist skills and knowledge in the theory and production of game art, game design, and interactive digital media.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, demand for multimedia specialists including game developers is rising. The industry is experiencing very strong growth with over 10,000 job openings expected over the next five years.

In this course you will develop an understanding of the game design and production process from concept development through to the production methodologies that are applied in today's leading game studios. You will develop skills and knowledge in concept art, 3D modelling and sculpting, 3D texturing, animation, and real time rendering. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with film makers, musicians, visual artists, actors, and other teams across the broad creative industries spectrum, working on real commercial projects from within the TAFE Queensland games production studio.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to a career in either a technical or creative role.

Units

If you have completed one of the below qualifications you may gain up to a year's credit towards this Bachelor Degree.

  • Completion of a relevant TAFE Queensland diploma, such as:
    • CUF50207 Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (Games)
    • CUF50207 Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
    • CUF50107 Diploma of Screen and Media
    • ICT50215 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games
    • CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Film and Television Production, Animation and Visual Effects, and Interactive Media)
    • ICT50715 Diploma of Software Development

This is a typical study pattern and may differ depending on credit received. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1
9753
Introduction to Games Design - Level 1 Credit points: 3
9745
3D Graphics - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11591
Professional Orientation (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11613
Visual Ideation and Communication - Level 1 Credit points: 3
Year 1 Semester 2
11612
Introduction to Innovative Design Solutions - Level 1 Credit points: 3
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Open Elective Credit points: 3
9754
Introduction to Games Production - Level 1 Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 1
11611
Interactive Media, Design and Prototypes - Level 2 Credit points: 3
9744
3D Character Animation - Level 2 Credit points: 3
9749
Drawing for Games - Level 2 Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 2
9755
Virtual Environments - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11610
Evolution of Design - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11018
Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning - Level 3 Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 1
9747
Advanced Real Time Production - Level 3 Credit points: 3
9750
Experimental Games Design - Level 3 Credit points: 3
11018
Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning - Level 3 Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 2
11592
Professional Evidence (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 3 Credit points: 3
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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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HECS‑HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme for eligible students studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place, that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

This degree is available through QTAC or direct entry via the University of Canberra website.

Admission into this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:

  • Year 12 ATAR
  • Other Australian qualification
  • Work experience
  • Overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that you the opportunity to gain entry to the university via alternate pathway programs. More information is available on the University of Canberra Alternate entry page.

Placement

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded within this degree.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access the University of Canberra’s online learning system Canvas, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

Articulation:

  • TAFE Queensland Certificate 3 in a related discipline to gain entry in the first year.
  • Any one-year TAFE Queensland diploma (or equivalent) can articulate with 24 credit point transfer, which equates to one year full time study (or 8 units).
  • 24 credit point transfer, which equates to one year full time study (or 8 units), from any other degree program.

Student Services and Amenities Fee:
You will be required to pay a SSAF.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland