Offering Info

Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games

  • National Course Code: ICT50215
  • TAFE NSW code: ICT50215-01V03-21STL-225

Location – St Leonards (Game Programming)


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

18 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

Level up with the nationally accredited Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games. Gain the skills and knowledge to be competent in a variety of skill areas within the digital and interactive games industry as a small independent specialist or as part of a larger team.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, 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
  • Produce architecture wireframes


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • 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


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Credit towards the Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation with TAFE NSW Degrees

Career opportunities:

  • Mobile games programmer
  • PC games programmer
  • Web designer
  • Game Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • 3D Modeller
  • Environment Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Animator
  • Cinematic Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • UI Artist
  • Art Director


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded.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. You can enrol now.


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 storytelling
  • Experience with programming for games
  • A strong interest in game interactivity
  • The ability to work within a team
  • Completed the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games, or equivalent industry experience

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


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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Completed the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (programming stream), or have equivalent knowledge and work experience. If you are unsure whether this course is the right level for you, please register for our info sessions at

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • A medium level of literacy and to work independently with little supervision. You are required to paticipate in class activities, pass all assessments and meet the deadline of assginment submission.


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 2 June 2021 6:00pm to 7.00pm,
Wednesday 9 June 2021 12.00pm to 1.00pm OR 6:00pm to 7.00pm,
Wednesday 16 June 2021 6:00pm to 7.00pm,
Wednesday 23 June 2021 12.00pm to 1.00pm OR 6:00pm to 7.00pm,


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, planning and creating games, as well as assignment preparation.

Please note attendance days and time for your subjects may vary depending on the group you are allocated to, this information will be emailed to you one week before the course start date. Please email if you are uncertain about your group.


This course is an intermediate, practical course, focused on levelling up your game development skills as this course builds on skills from the Certificate IV Digital & Interactive Games.

In the Programming stream, you will learn advanced game systems such as complex character controllers, networking/multiplayer, shaders and platform development such as mobile and vr. Core units cover advanced level design, game design, simulated studios and general content related to working in the industry. Upon successful completion you can progress to Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (game focused). For more course details see


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Wednesday 2 June 2021, 6 pm
Wednesday 9 June 2021, 12 pm
Wednesday 9 June 2021, 6 pm
Wednesday 16 June 2021, 6 pm
Wednesday 23 June 2021, 12 pm
Wednesday 23 June 2021, 6 pm


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


For student services available to you such as Learning Support, Disability Services, Personal Counselling, Library Services and more, please visit

Further support services include:
TAFE NSW Moodle online learning platform
Access to tutorials on LinkedIn Learning
Access to Microsoft Office 365

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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.

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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

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
ICTGAM523 Collaborate in the design of 3-D game levels and environments
ICTGAM503 Create a complex 3-D interactive computer game
ICTGAM501 Create design concepts for digital games and 3-D media
ICTICT419 Work effectively in the digital media industry
Elective Units
Number Title
ICTGAM529 Analyse business opportunities in the digital games environment
CUADIG502 Design digital applications
ICTGAM504 Manage interactive media production
ICTGAM528 Create games for mobile devices
ICTGAM510 Prepare games for different platforms and delivery modes
ICTGAM515 Design and create advanced particles, fluids and bodies for 3-D digital effects
ICTGAM507 Develop intermediate 3-D software for games and interactive media
ICTPRG532 Apply advanced object-oriented language skills
ICTGAM508 Develop complex 3-D software for games and interactive media
ICTGAM530 Develop and implement physics in a 3-D digital game
ICTGAM511 Manage testing of games and interactive media

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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