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Introduction to Game design & development

Want to turn your passion for video games into a career? These online courses in game design and development could be your door into Australia’s fast-growing digital games industry.

Master topics like scripting, animation and game coding so you can create immersive player experiences. Through Open Universities Australia, you can access online game design courses with providers from across the country.

We can also help you get into the course of your choice if you don’t have the necessary ATAR.

Start comparing qualifications now to see where your imagination could take you.

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University of South Australia


Digital Graphics and Imaging

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Next enrolment closes 16 Jun

University of Tasmania


Games Fundamentals

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

Curtin University


Game Design Introduction

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University


Animation and Motion Graphics Design

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

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Online game design & development degrees

Curtin University

Create a new world with game design or animation

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Computer Science

This IT degree offers a games programming specialisation

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania


Diploma of ICT Professional Practice

A professional IT industry certification

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Torrens University Australia

Build games from concept to commercial release

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Game design & development study FAQs

What is a game design & development degree?

A game design and development degree will teach you how to conceptualise and build video games. Most courses cover the entire video game production process so that you have a solid understanding of the industry and can discover which area you’re most passionate about. Once you actually work in the industry, it’s likely you’ll specialise in a specific area of game design, like level design or world design, though some designers are generalists. 

You can expect to graduate with a combination of information technology, design, storytelling and animation skills.  

Why should I study game design & development?

The game design industry in Australia is on the cusp of new growth. In 2022, the Australian Government introduced an incentive called the Digital Games Tax Offset that will promote local and foreign investment in Aussie video games. This is already leading to more employment opportunities for digital and creative talent. With the right skillset and portfolio, you could become a part of that movement—and even help develop the next big hit. Studios in Australia have been responsible for some of the world’s most popular games, including Untitled Goose Game, Hollow Knight and Unpacking.

The programming and design skills that you learn in your game design and development courses can also be utilised in other industries, including the IT sector, education and marketing, giving you the flexibility to explore other career possibilities.

Why should I study game design & development online?

Australia's digital games industry relies on remote workers. In a 2022 recap of the industry, 35% of employees revealed that they work remotely in the same state as their studio, while 23% work remotely from interstate. Studying your game design and development course online will teach you essential work from home skills that you will need in the real world, like how to self-manage and how to collaborate from a distance.   

What ATAR do you need to get into game design & development?

When you study online through Open Universities Australia, you don’t need an ATAR to get into an undergraduate game design and development degree. 

We have an arrangement in place with leading universities that allows students to skip entry requirements altogether. Instead, you can get in by enrolling in what we call ‘open enrolment’ subjects from your desired degree. Once you pass those subjects, you will be guaranteed entry into the full qualification. 

This enrolment option is only available with select universities, so be sure to check the ‘Entry requirements’ section on your course’s listing page to clarify if it’s offered. You can also get in touch with one of our friendly student advisors if you’d like more information about this. 

What jobs can you get in game design & development?

A qualification in game design and development, programming or animation can lead to a range of careers in the industry, including: 

  • Game developer – Use programming languages to write source code and lay the foundation of the game.
  • Game designer – Lead your vision to reality and plan out how the game works at a high level, from mechanics to player interaction.
  • 2D/3D animator – Bring the game to life and tell a story by animating characters, effects, backgrounds and cut scenes.
  • Project manager – Lead your team to success and ensure everything from planning to publishing runs smoothly.
  • 3D artist – Paint 3D worlds with models, textures and material design and bring environments to life.
  • Sound design – Tell the story of the game world through sound effects, dialogue and score.
  • Concept artist – Help plant the seeds of a game's overall look and design through painting and illustration.

If you're not looking for a game design job, graduates also find roles within data visualisation, artificial intelligence, neural networking, simulation roles in science and medicine, and other artistic fields such as live production design, marketing and architecture.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.
How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

What do you learn in a game design and development course?

Game design courses cover all aspects of the video game production process, so you can make the leap from gamer to designer. Depending on the qualification, you’ll cover topics like: 

  • Design and development using game engines like Unreal Engine and Unity3D
  • Game scripting
  • Programming and computer science
  • Animation and motion graphics design
  • 3D modelling and rendering using industry software like Autodesk Maya
  • Special effects compositing 
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design
  • IT project management

You can expect to graduate with a portfolio of work, which is essential for getting a job with game studios.   

If you're exploring this field for the first time, a Bachelor of Game Design (or similar) will give you a solid foundation of knowledge, with the opportunity to study elective subjects in your area of interest. 

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