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0.5 Year


The Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (Programming) provides students with the skills and knowledge to be competent in a variety of skill areas within the digital and interactive games industry.

It provides an opportunity to develop the design, graphic/digital media and programming skills required in the development of digital games briefs, either as a small independent specialist or as part of a larger team. The qualification also provides opportunities to work in new and emerging games genres, such as online game development, mobile device gaming, interactive internet and TV game development.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Develop concepts for digital games and 3D media
  • Storyboard ideas
  • Create 3D characters and environmental designs
  • Produce digital animation sequences
  • Manage art and rigging in 3D animation
  • Apply texturing in game environments
  • Create games for mobile devices


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Analysing client requirements and visions
  • Planning and producing games
  • Following the design process from initial concept to final product with a production process
  • Producing 3D characters and environments for games
  • Develop modelling, texturing, and game artistry skills to fit client requirements


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Creativity
  • Good collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work to a deadline
  • An enjoyment of producing creative concepts
  • Adaptability and are continual learners
  • An enjoyment of creating game art
  • A passion for designing fun and interactive games


The global animation, VFX and video games industry was valued at USD $264 billion in 2019. Consumers worldwide are demanding engaging, high definition visual experiences while movie production includes high-quality production with engaging visual effects and realistic animation.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

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

  • Good illustration and drawings skills and are keen to produce visuals for game characters and environments
  • A strong interest in visual concepts and story telling
  • Experience with programming for games
  • A strong interest in game interactivity
  • The ability to work within a team

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$9,750
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$9,750


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 16
  • 5 core units plus 11 elective units
  • The elective units consist of: 5 from one of the following specialist groups:
  • Group A Programming
  • Group B Art
  • Group C Digital media.
  • Of the remaining elective units: up to 6 may be from the specialist elective groups below or from Group D general elective units below
  • up to 3 may be from elsewhere in ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course at Diploma level.
  • The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
  • Core Units
  • BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • ICTGAM501 Create design concepts for digital games and 3-D media
  • ICTGAM503 Create a complex 3-D interactive computer game
  • ICTGAM523 Collaborate in the design of 3-D game levels and environments
  • ICTICT419 Work effectively in the digital media industry
  • ICTGAM506 Create complex code for mobile game devices
  • ICTGAM507 Develop intermediate 3-D software for games and interactive media
  • ICTGAM508 Develop complex 3-D software for games and interactive media
  • ICTGAM509 Design interactive 3-D applications for scientific and mathematical modelling
  • ICTGAM510 Prepare games for different platforms and delivery modes
  • ICTGAM511 Manage testing of games and interactive media
  • ICTGAM527 Integrate database with online game
  • ICTPRG425 Use structured query language
  • ICTPRG515 Review developed software
  • ICTPRG523 Apply advanced programming skills in another language
  • ICTPRG532 Apply advanced object-oriented language skills
  • ICTWEB508 Develop website information architecture


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Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.