Offering Info

Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games

  • National Course Code: ICT50215
  • TAFE NSW code: ICT50215-01V03-20STL-306

Location – St Leonards focused on Game Programming

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

22 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual 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.

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

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

  • This Diploma is designed for people who have completed the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games, or have equivalent knowledge and experience. If you are unsure whether this course is the right level for you, please call 131 601.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Successfully complete all required assessments.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 1 July 2020 6.00pm to 7.00pm Join Information Session here
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 6.00pm to 7.00pm Join Information Session here
Wednesday, 29 July 2020 6.00pm to 7.00pm <a href=Join Information Session here


This is a Full Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 22 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Research, assignment preparation, private study. (independent study, research, practice and assignments)

This course is taught face to face on campus, with elements of connected classes online, with live teachers and classmates on interactive webinars. If there are Covid restrictions there might be a larger percentage of online training. Either way, we will ensure you get all the skills, knowledge and experience you are after.

Log into our free sample classes to gain skills and knowledge that will help your Game Development career.
Be sure to put them in your calendar:
Wednesday 1 July at 10:00am to 1:00pm or Wednesday 29 July at 10:00am to 1:00pm

For help please call Customer Service on 131 601.

GAME PROGRAMMING is the focus of this Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games

We also offer this course with a focus on GAMES ART Both versions of the course contain Programming and Game Art, so you will be well rounded, while working to your strengths (Programming or Game Art). For help deciding which version to take, please attend one of our information sessions listed below, or contact us.

Our Game Development courses are hands-on. You will create real, functional games as part of your course. The software and skills are taught by current developers from the industry who are passionate about games. The main games engine used is Unity. Besides learning how to develop and produce games, you will also learn project management and professional skills related to games.

On completion, you can articulate into university, or continue to our "Incubator Program", which is the the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media focused on Game Development. In Advanced Diploma we will help you create a more professional level game and pitch it to industry.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


Students will be required to purchase a portable hard drive (at least 500 GB). Aproximate cost $80.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
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
Elective Units
Number Title
CUADIG502 Design digital applications
ICTGAM504 Manage interactive media production
ICTGAM507 Develop intermediate 3-D software for games and interactive media
ICTGAM508 Develop complex 3-D software for games and interactive media
ICTGAM510 Prepare games for different platforms and delivery modes
ICTGAM511 Manage testing of games and interactive media
ICTGAM515 Design and create advanced particles, fluids and bodies for 3-D digital effects
ICTGAM528 Create games for mobile devices
ICTGAM529 Analyse business opportunities in the digital games environment
ICTGAM530 Develop and implement physics in a 3-D digital game
ICTPRG532 Apply advanced object-oriented language skills

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

St Leonards
213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards
Phone 131 601

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