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STUDY GAME DESIGN

If you dream of a career as a Digital or Tabletop Game Designer, Narrative Designer, Character Designer, Interaction Designer, Level Designer, Game Producer or Director, this course is for you.

The Game Design course is perfect for students who want to enter the gaming world from a creative perspective. Embrace the fundamental idea of play—such as interactions between players, story, and rules—and create your own immersive gaming worlds. Learn the context behind contemporary gaming history, develop skills in interactive design, and apply this knowledge to a real-life capstone project.

Students are also encouraged to cast an inclusive and accessible eye over their studies, developing their understanding of community ethics, diversity, inclusive design, and the politics of games, so that they enter the industry knowing how to make it a safer space for future generations.

You will undertake fundamental units in User Experience, gaming culture, interactive narrative and interface design, writing for games, environment and character design, contemporary design history, design law and ethics, and game marketing.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. With the opportunity to create a capstone project, undertake industry placement, and develop a professional portfolio, students will leave the course prepared for a successful career in game design.

CRICOS CODE

Bachelor of Game Design - 2 Years: 110056B
Bachelor of Game Design - 3 Years: 110057A

→ Diploma of Game Design - 2 Trimesters: 110060F
→ Diploma of Game Design - 3 Trimesters: 110061E

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Enter the world of game design from a creative angle, learning about narrative, character, story and more

Learn about diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry to help build an accessible future

Develop your own professional career-ready portfolio of game design work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

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WHAT IT MEANS TO CHOOSE COLLARTS

Here at Collarts, we do things a little differently than other major universities and colleges. We call it The Collarts Way. It’s what makes us stand out from the crowd and why we’re proud to be the place where so many creative students have found their study home. When comparing your future study options, here's everything you should keep in mind about us.

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The Australian games industry is starting to make a name for itself on the global stage, growing to $3.4 billion in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the federal government has noticed. In an effort to bolster our homegrown game developers, the new Digital Economy Strategy—which aims to grow Australia into a leading digital player by 2030—includes new investment incentives to support business growth.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

"The good thing about Collarts is that it's completely specialised. If you want to focus on just one area, I could just focus on that area. I tailored the course to what I wanted to do."

STEPH CREEK

Animation & VFX Graduate, Moving Picture Company

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"Collarts helped me get closer to my dream. It's one of the only places that's made me feel like my ideas are valid and that it's okay to think differently."

JEMMA HOLLWAY

Digital & Social Media Graduate, Bolster Group

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HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION
01

Apply online via the Apply Now button on the page. Soon afterwards, our International Team will contact you.

DOCUMENTATION
02

Organise and submit the requested documentation for your application, ensuring all details are correct.

INTERVIEW AND/OR AUDITION
03

Book and attend an interview and/or audition, where you will meet our friendly International Team.

OFFER
04

If your application is successful, Collarts will issue a Letter of Offer and invoice directly to you.

ACCEPTANCE
05

To accept your offer, you must return a signed Student Agreement with receipt of payment.

CONFIRMATION
06

Once your offer is accepted and your payment received, Collarts will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) as evidence of your enrolment.

HEALTH COVER
07

Once you have your eCoE you must purchase your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

VISA
08

To prepare for your studies in Australia, you must apply for your Visa.

START YOUR #FUTURENOW AT COLLLARTS
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Congratulations! You're ready to start studying at Collarts.

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BACHELOR OF GAME DESIGN

 

The Bachelor of Game Design is perfect for students who want to understand the tools, cultural contexts, and design pillars to become creative game design professionals.

Experiment and explore game design as a creative practice, diving into the concept of play while developing your critical thinking around ethical and cultural debates in the gaming industry. You'll get the chance to playtest your skills throughout your studies, tie up what you've learned by producing a game design project, and develop your professional portfolio or complete 60 hours of industry placement.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Enter the world of game design from a creative angle, learning about narrative, character, story and more

Learn about diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry to help build an accessible future

Familiarise yourself with a range of game design processes, tools, and platforms

→ Build your understanding of key ethical and cultural debates in the gaming sector to sharpen your decision-making skills

→ Playtest your knowledge with collaborative and individual hands-on game design projects

Develop a professional career-ready portfolio of game design work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

DIPLOMA OF GAME DESIGN

 

The Diploma of Game Design is perfect for students who want to learn the foundations of game design, from creative and technical knowledge to cultural contexts in the gaming industry. You'll also gain experience in the key conventions, systems, and processes of game design, exploring how play is an important factor in all.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Enter the world of game design from a creative angle, including interactive narrative design for games

Familiarise yourself with the foundations of game design processes, tools, and platforms

→ Build your understanding of collaboration and community engagement

 Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with game design OR a portfolio of their creative work

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

 A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

 English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

 A certified copy of your passport

 A current visa (if applicable)

 Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

 

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

 

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF GAME DESIGN

 

The Bachelor of Game Design is perfect for students who want to understand the tools, cultural contexts, and design pillars to become creative game design professionals.

Experiment and explore game design as a creative practice, diving into the concept of play while developing your critical thinking around ethical and cultural debates in the gaming industry. You'll get the chance to playtest your skills throughout your studies, tie up what you've learned by producing a game design project, and develop your professional portfolio or complete 60 hours of industry placement.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Enter the world of game design from a creative angle, learning about narrative, character, story and more

Learn about diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry to help build an accessible future

Familiarise yourself with a range of game design processes, tools, and platforms

→ Build your understanding of key ethical and cultural debates in the gaming sector to sharpen your decision-making skills

→ Playtest your knowledge with collaborative and individual hands-on game design projects

Develop a professional career-ready portfolio of game design work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF GAME DESIGN

 

The Diploma of Game Design is perfect for students who want to learn the foundations of game design, from creative and technical knowledge to cultural contexts in the gaming industry. You'll also gain experience in the key conventions, systems, and processes of game design, exploring how play is an important factor in all.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Enter the world of game design from a creative angle, including interactive narrative design for games

Familiarise yourself with the foundations of game design processes, tools, and platforms

→ Build your understanding of collaboration and community engagement

 Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with game design OR a portfolio of their creative work

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

 A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

 English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

 A certified copy of your passport

 A current visa (if applicable)

 Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

 

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

 

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

KEY INFORMATION

Start Dates
Start Dates
February, May and September
Number of Trimesters
Number of Units
8 in Diploma
 
24 in Bachelor
Duration
Duration
Diploma 2 Trimesters / 3 Trimesters
Bachelor 2 Years / 3 Years
Study Mode
Study Mode
On-Campus, Online, or Mixed*
Support Services
Support Services
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
Industry Placement
Industry Placement
60 Hours of Industry Placement
CRICOS Code
CRICOS Code
Bachelor: 110056B/110057A
Diploma: 110060F/110061E
International Fees
International Fees On-Campus
$3110 per unit
Application Assistance
International Fees Online
$2616 per unit

 

* To transfer from online to on campus, students must meet certain conditions, such as meeting GTE criteria.
Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

Course Structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus, Online, Mixed*
FIRST YEAR CONTEXTS PRINCIPLES PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Introduction to Game Studies Foundational Game Elements Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Game Cultures & Communities UX: Designing for Play Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Interactive Narrative Design Interface Design
Second YEAR CONTEXTS PRINCIPLES PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Serious Games Writing for Games 1 Environment Design
Trimester 2 Contemporary Art, Design & Cultural History Character Design Human-Centred Design + Elective
Trimester 3 Writing for Games 2 Creative Industries Journalism + Elective
THIRD YEAR CONTEXTS PRINCIPLES PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Design Law, Ethics & Regulation Game Marketing: Business & Audience Group Project + Elective
Trimester 2 Creative Entrepreneurship Game Design Capstone Development Industry Placement or Professional Portfolio
Trimester 3 Game Design Capstone Project Game Design Capstone Project

Need more information on the units above? Click here for a unit outline.

 

* To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

LIFE IN MELBOURNE

WHAT TO EXPECT STUDYING IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne’s love for all things creative makes it an excellent place to live and study. A popular choice for international students, the city also embraces high- quality education and supports students in their ability to thrive. Study in Melbourne and hone your creative career at Collarts.

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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SARA

International student Sara shares her experience studying at Collarts, travelling all the way from Denmark and starting her career in Music Performance in Australia.

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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PAULO

Flying over from the Philippines, international student Paulo shares why he chose to start his career in Entertainment Management in Australia.

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