National code: ICT50220

Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design)

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Overview About this course

Take your animation and game design skills to the next level and become a games artist or games designer and developer. Learn to create high-quality 3D visuals for exciting and immersive digital games, film and TV.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Create design concepts for digital games and 3D media

  • Design and create models for 3D and digital effects environment

  • Animate 3D characters for digital games

  • Create interactive 3D environments for digital games

  • Apply Intellectual Property (IP), ethics and privacy in ICT environments

  • Manage client problems

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience designing games

  • Techniques in 3D animation

  • Confidence creating complex 3D models

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • A Certificate IV in Information Technology (Gaming Development) or its equivalent, as evidenced by a copy of your transcript, or

  • That you have the appropriate skills and knowledge in developing 3D games and drawing game art, as evidenced by a teacher-assessed interview. We will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your interview.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 4 across the five bands of literacy and 4 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Access to a personal computer outside of TAFE NSW that can run and support industry standard 3D software and game engine platforms

  • If you are studying online, a portable Hard Disk Drive (HDD) (at least 500 GB)

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists plan, develop, maintain, manage and administer organisations' database management systems, operating systems and security policies and procedures to ensure optimal database and system integrity, security, backup, reliability and performance.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    94%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    16,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    41 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $2,000

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    41 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    21% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Games designer and developer, Games artist, Animator, Video game system designer and Games producer

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 units of competency, including 6 core and 14 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation ICTICT517

  • Originate and develop concepts BSBCRT512

  • Lead and facilitate a team BSBXTW401

  • Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments ICTICT532

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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