National code: ICT50220

Diploma of Information Technology (Game Programming)

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Overview About this course

Build your game development skills so you can become a games programmer, software engineer and more. Make complex 3D games for mobile devices, work in a team to design game levels and environments and learn to lead a team.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create complex 3D interactive games

  • Make games for mobile devices

  • Develop design concepts for digital games and 3D media

  • Collaborate in the design of 3D game levels and environments

  • Lead and facilitate a team

Course Outcomes

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

  • Experience creating games

  • Techniques to solve complex programming problems

  • Confidence talking to and working with other people

  • 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

  • That you have completed 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 simple modelling for animation, producing interactive games and building graphical user interfaces 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 for learning, reading and oral communication, and 3 for writing and 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)

  • A background in programming with the desire to move into the games industry

  • Existing skills and knowledge in programming languages such as C++ and C#

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: Games programmer, Games designer, Software engineer, Video game system designer, Game tester, Game marketer, Mobile games programmer, Interactive digital media developer and Game 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 1 Course

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 Programming) 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 Programming) 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

  • Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments ICTICT532

  • Manage client problems ICTSAS527

  • Lead and facilitate a team BSBXTW401

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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