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Undergraduate Certificate in Game Design

Take the controls and spawn a career in the fast-growing game industry with this specialised undergraduate certificate, which introduces you to the design, programming and production of games.

In this program you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of gameplay design and game production using the latest game engine technology and digital design software
  • Build and apply skills in game design and development to address a range of real-world problems, including emerging opportunities in entertainment, education, healthcare, marketing and more
  • Become equipped to pursue an entry-level role in a professional game studio or progress towards further study in the Bachelor of Design (Game Design)
young man playing and testing a computer game

Location

Entry threshold

55 55 55 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

1 year 1 year Part-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Part-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees ($AUD)

A$4,148 - 2023 Fees CSP
CSP

QTAC code

013703 014703 015703

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning, Online
Total courses
4
Total units
48
Duration
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
AR011
Program structure
Introductory courses (4) 48 units

SGD100 Introduction to Game Design
SGD102 Introduction to Games Programming
SGD103 Introduction to Game Production
DES231 Animation Principles, Process and Production

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 55
Moreton Bay 55
Online 55

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

Recommended prior study
English
Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • The Undergraduate Certificate in Game Design provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Design.
  • Only part-time study is available for this program
  • Completing this program within the specified (part-time) duration is based on studying 24-unit points per semester (2 courses) and following the recommended study sequence. 
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Career opportunities

  • Educational games
  • Entertainment industry
  • Entry-level software studio
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$4,148 - 2023 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013703
Moreton Bay 014703
Online 015703
Flexible, blended learning with online component
Finish in one year part-time
Mix and learn with a like-minded cohort
Will Averillo Student

Student story

“The flexibility of online study suits my personal circumstances and allows me to gain a degree in my chosen field without having to leave Gympie.